Pakistanis stranded in Middle East, Europe to be brought back by July 20

 Pakistanis stranded in Middle East, Europe to be brought back by July 20

All Pakistanis stranded in Middle East, Europe to be brought back by July 20

ISLAMABAD, 09 July: All the Pakistanis stranded in Middle East and Europe will be brought back to the country by 20th of this month, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan informed the National Assembly(NA) on Friday.

Speaking in the NA, he said Pakistan International Airline(PIA) has been operating special flights to bring home Pakistanis stuck in European and Middle Eastern countries.

Thus far, 54,116 stranded Pakistanis have been brought to the country in a dignified manner, the minister said, adding those in Middle East Europe and the UK were also being flown in through chartered flights.

“Overseas Pakistanis are the country’s precious asset”

Khan further said that overseas Pakistanis are the country’s precious asset and contribute immensely to the country’s economy. Their remittances reached $29 billion during the last fiscal year, he pointed out.

Earlier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had announced to repatriate Pakistani citizens stranded in different countries within a week.

Spokesperson Abdullah Hafeez in a statement said arrangements have been finalised to repatriate the stranded Pakistani citizens and added that two Boing 777 aircraft were ready to fly to Bahrain.

Read this: Dollar reaches Rs 159.33 as rupee falls to nearly 5-month low

Under pressure due from import payments, the rupee fell to a five-month low against the US dollar.

According to media reports, forex dealers are expecting the local currency to lose more ground in the coming days.

In the interbank market, the rupee closed at 159.33 per dollar, its lowest since February 09, 2021.

It fell by 41 paisas or 0.26% during the session. The rupee ended at 158.92 on Wednesday.

The rupee lost 70 paisas to end at 160.20 versus the greenback in the open market. It finished at 159.50 in the previous session.“The rupee was trading as low as 159.50 to the dollar in the interbank market,” said a currency dealer.

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