Of the 50,000, 2,600 have availed of the repatriation programme covering free airline tickets courtesy of the Department of Foreign Affairs (Manila)-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs.
As many as 1,600 community members have been repatriated through seven special flights by the national carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) while two more flights are ready to take approximately 400-plus expatriates on Apr.28 to Karachi and Multan.
“Pakistani missions in UAE have successfully repatriated around 2870 stranded Pakistanis using 15 special flights, 56 non-corona dead bodies have also been repatriated over the last two weeks and with the operation of more flights, these numbers will increase.”
The first wave of a massive exercise to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Indians stuck abroad began Thursday, with two flights departing from the United Arab Emirates.
Chilling accounts of migrant workers collapsing by the wayside, due to hunger and fatigue enroute home, is something a rising India cannot be condoned. The sight of impoverished women carrying children in their arms and fathers walking with their kids on their shoulders should have stirred the soul of the nation. The sight of young men dying out of exhaustion before they reach their destination should have thumped at the consciousness of our leaders in power. But no, it has not.
The Pakistani consulate in the United Arab Emirates is doing a tremendous job on the instruction of its government to facilitate stranded Pakistanis and bring them back to the country.
India will begin evacuation of its citizens, stranded abroad after the enforcement of COVID-19 lockdown, in a phased manner on Thursday.
The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai (PCGDXB) on Wednesday morning resumed the repatriation of visit visa holders in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic-related programme of the Duterte Administration.
More than 60,000 Indians have been repatriated through flights operated by Air India or chartered flights of other airlines under the Vande Bharat Mission launched on May 7 to repatriate Indians stranded in the UAE due to Covid-19 situation.