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Over 20,400 stranded Pakistanis repatriated from UAE Filed on June 6, 2020
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More than 16,000 distressed people have been provided food and essentials across the UAE.

More than 20,400 stranded Pakistanis, including 15,000 from Dubai and 5,000 from Abu Dhabi, have been repatriated onboard special flights from the UAE.

Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, special assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development, noted there were a total of 82,400 stranded nationals in the UAE and everyone will be repatriated.

"It's a momentous task to bring back such a large number of people with limited flights, tests and quarantine but no effort will be spared till everyone is accommodated as they've the same right to be in Pakistan as we do."
Some 214 bodies and 394 prisoners have been flown out till date.

More flights next week

Among the stranded people are 21,843 who have lost their jobs, 34,497 placed on paid and unpaid leaves, 16,000 overstaying on visit visas and stuck tourists, and 6,902 emergency cases. More than 16,000 distressed people have been provided food and essentials across the UAE.

Till date, more than 120 special flights have been operated from the UAE at an average of 11 per week.

As many as 7,630 people will be repatriated between June 1 and 10.

Bukhari assured that more flights will be pressed into service next week.

Ashwani Kumar

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