Over 5,000 Pakistanis from the UAE have enrolled in an online platform declared by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai, to return to their home state, a senior officer said on Saturday.
“We are collecting information of Pakistanis stranded here to ensure we understand who the deserving men and women who’ve lost jobs of the visas have died when the distinctive flights restart between two nations.
“However, there are those who took annual leave and would like to go home. However, the priority will be awarded to individuals that are stranded here because of visa expiry and job reductions. In addition, it includes individuals flying with lifeless bodies along with other emergency cases.
All worried Pakistani people were asked to fill out the form and then send their information on WhatsApp amount 0097156-3962911 or email it to email@example.com
He included the embassy and consulates are also involved with the repatriation process and the selection of the information will come useful at the time to make certain people with urgent demands fly back.
Replying to a question about the number of people expected to register for particular flights in the forthcoming days, the consul-general noted it is hard to forecast because a few people today want to visit Pakistan due to their yearly leave. Therefore, it was hard to provide precise numbers at this time period.
With respect to the resumption of flights that are special, Ahmed Ali stated it is hard to show the date on account of the volatile situation enclosing coronavirus across the world.
On Thursday, the UAE government further extended the suspension of entrance of valid visa holders from the nation for just two more weeks. The Pakistani consulate also established a food supply charity push on March 26 with the support of community members to help people who’ve been made redundant by firms.
“More than 2,600 benefitted in the charity drive a week. The driveway was started with the consulate’s own tools and with the support of Pakistani philanthropists. We’re attempting to expand this but hard to state how long it could proceed, based on several factors including assistance of philanthropists, resumption of flights etc.,” Ali explained.
He urged the Pakistani community to follow the UAE authorities’ instructions to contain COVID-19 and source news from official and reliable sources only.
Official hotline numbers for COVID-19 advice and information:
UAE: +971 56 3713 090
SAUDI ARABIA: 937
KUWAIT: 24970967 – 96049698 – 99048619
BAHRAIN: (+973) 17246769
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