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Islamabad last week began repatriating some of its citizens from the UAE, which had earlier warned countries refusing to take back nationals stranded by the coronavirus pandemic that it could review labour ties.
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight carried home 227 Pakistanis on Saturday from Dubai International Airport. While four additional flights repatriated 1,000 Pakistanis to Lahore and Karachi on Monday.
Thirteen more repatriation flights will depart the UAE between April 20 and April 28, the source said, adding that they will be operated by Emirates, Air Arabia and PIA.
"The governments of UAE and Pakistan continue to work to facilitate further flights to repatriate Pakistani nationals."
Pakistan is a big labour supplier to the UAE, with more than a million Pakistanis living and working in the country, according to Pakistani diplomats.
Over 40,000 Pakistanis have registered to return home, two local newspapers have reported.
The UAE had earlier warned it could review labour ties with countries refusing to take back nationals who have been stranded, lost jobs or been put on leave due to the coronavirus pandemic and want to return to their home countries.
The Abu Dhabi on Wednesday formed a committee to ensure workers' rights were being upheld and that they were provided with a "suitable living environment," the emirate's government media office said.
Foreign workers make up the bulk of the labour force in the UAE and other Gulf Arab states, which have reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases among low-income migrant workers living in overcrowded accommodation.
The Abu Dhabi Workers Committee, headed by the chairman of the emirate's economic development department, would also ensure the existence of valid work contracts, that workers' rights are upheld and that they are paid for their work, the media office said in a post on Twitter.
The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight with 227 passengers, mostly from Dubai and Northern Emirates, were lucky to get seat confirmation earlier and boarded the flight which left Dubai around 7pm local time.
Over 62,000 community members have been registered to seek repatriation as the regular flight operations have suspended since the COVID-19 pandemic declared in March earlier this year.
"We have been informed deserving community members through phone to book their tickets for upcoming special flights of PIA and the tickets have been issuing through special counters set up at the Terminal 2, Dubai International Airport,” he said.
“So far, 113,154 Pakistani nationals have been repatriated from different parts of the world. We thank all the governments of these countries for their cooperation in facilitating the repatriation of our nationals,” Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said.
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