A Pakistani faimly at Dubai International Airport on Saturday. Twitter photo
At an electronic news conference, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari also said that the government would facilitate the burial in Pakistan of those who died abroad during the coronavirus pandemic, reports Dawn news.
There are more than 100 Pakistanis among almost 40,000 who have died of this deadly virus in the US since late January.
Ambassador Abdul Salik Khan bids farewell to stranded Pakistanis at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Indonesia. A special PIA flight carried 219 nationals to Karachi.
Bukhari advised Pakistanis stranded in the US to take Qatar Airways to Doha where the government was making special arrangements for taking them home.
"We are working on various options and a decision is expected soon," said Pakistan's Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan while addressing the same news briefing.
The Civil Aviation Authority announced in Pakistan earlier on Saturday that international and domestic flights to the country will remain suspended till April 30, Dawn news reported.
It also announced that exceptions have been made for chartered international flights within the limits required to control the spread of COVID-19.
The adviser said that pilgrims returning from Iran via Taftan did not spread coronavirus in Pakistan.
"Some passengers, returning from Iran and Saudi Arabia, by planes might have been infected but not those who used the Taftan border," he said.
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In a video message, Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan in Dubai and Northern Emirates has said that the Dubai mission in collaboration with its partners has facilitated 110 special flights from Dubai to repatriate around 22,000 stranded Pakistan till date.
"Tomorrow we will partially open airspace for international flights. This is being done specially to help our overseas workers who have suffered most in this pandemic but have shown great courage and made us proud," the prime minister said on Twitter.
The first Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight carrying 84 passengers departed from Karachi for Lahore at 1300 local time (0800 GMT), along with flights for Lahore and Islamabad operated by a private airline, local media reported.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, have congratulated the Islamic nations on the occasion of the Prophet's birthday.
Colin Powell, America's first black secretary of state and senior military officer, died on Monday. Powell died of COVID-19-related complications at the age of 84, his family said in a statement.
Expo allows upgrading daily entry tickets to seasonal, by upgrading the one-day ticket to "multiple entry" for Dhs75 for daily ticket holders, and to the seasonal ticket at Dhs225.
The official account of the Dubai Government Media Office announced, on Monday, that the civil defense teams put out a fire that broke out at an oil waste disposal site in the Jebel Ali Industrial Area, located far from factories in the zone.