Imran Khan attends National Assembly session in Islamabad. File
In a written reply during the question hour in the Senate, the ministry said as many as 6,24000 people got jobs in Saudi Arabia, while 2,92000 people left for the UAE for employment during the first three years of the incumbent government.
Over 6,000 Pakistani got jobs in Iraq, more than 2,000 in China and the United Kingdom, while more than 1,000 Pakistanis got employment in the United States. As many as 288 Pakistan left for Turkey for employment, the reply submitted by the Overseas Ministry read.
Last year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had launched “Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme” for overseas Pakistanis aimed at encouraging the use of formal channels for remittances.
Addressing the launching ceremony, the prime minister had emphasised on incentivising overseas Pakistanis and providing them VIP treatment for their remittances.
Imran had said that the programme was launched to reward overseas Pakistanis points against the remittances they send through the legal channels.
The inflows under “Roshan Digital Account” (RDA) rose to $3.16 billion by the end of December 2021 compared to $2.916 billion till end of November last year, according to a latest data released by the State Bank of Pakistan.
The data shows that the inflows during the month of December were recorded at $244 million compared to $239 million in November and $266 million in October this year.
Roshan Digital Account was launched by State Bank of Pakistan, in collaboration with commercial banks operating in Pakistan.
These accounts provide innovative banking solutions for millions of Non Resident Pakistanis (NRPs), including Non-Resident Pakistan Origin Card holders, seeking to undertake banking, payment and investment activities in Pakistan.
As per data, expatriate Pakistanis from 175 countries had deposited the funds to 322,463 accounts opened through RDA.
The number of accounts has also been increased from 299,676 in November 2021 to 322,463 in December, which means some 22,787 new accounts were opened in December last.
The scheme that started in September 2020 received lukewarm response from the overseas Pakistanis who deposited only $7 million in the opening month, however with the passage of time the interest kept on increasing as the inflow reached to $40 million in October 2020 and $110 million in the subsequent month.
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Chairing a meeting on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the prime minister said overseas Pakistanis were an asset of the country and must be involved in the election process.
Visitors at the festival expressed their joy and surprise at being able to witness aspects of Emirati and global cultural traditions up close and in a way they hadn’t before.
Many Pakistani expats are shelving their travel plans as uncertainty prevails over suspension of Pak-UAE flights due to pandemic. Similarly, Pakistanis stuck back home are worried about their jobs and have requested the authorities concerned to lift the travel ban as soon as possible.
PM Shahbaz hailed the historical ties between Pakistan and UAE and reaffirmed his government’s commitment to further strengthen existing bilateral engagements with the UAE at all levels and fields including trade, investment, energy, culture and tourism.
The Ministry of Interior has warned the public against responding to suspicious phone calls and messages that they receive from people claiming to update the user’s personal data in the Ministry of Interior’s system and requesting to provide them with the information in a text message (OTP).
The South Asian nation is facing a balance of payments crisis and the plummeting value of the Pakistani rupee is pushing up the price of imported goods. Energy comprises a large chunk of Pakistan's import bill.
Private sector entities must provide the GPSSA with salary statements and monthly contributions for all their Emirati employees in January each year