As the world celebrated the global eradication of wild poliovirus type 3 on World Polio Day on Thursday, the World Health Organisation Country Office in Pakistan (WHO Pakistan), has confirmed the ‘strong commitment’ of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the UAE, in polio eradication.
The Pakistan Medical Centre has a unique status as it is being finished with the support of the Pakistani community and the only such facility in the world built by expatriates
Both sides agreed that the Bilateral Political Consultations provided a useful mechanism for regular, in-depth exchange of views on all issues of common interest.
Imran has also appealed to the leaders of rich countries, the UN secretary general and heads of financial institutions to give debt relief to developing countries like Pakistan so that they could combat the deadly COVID-19 in a better way.
"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.
Expats planning to avail the special repatriation flights to Pakistan has expressed their concern on a number of issues like inadequate arrangements to acquire tickets, costly prices and non-refundable tickets in case of any mishap.
"From June 1 to 10, about 8,000 Pakistanis from the UAE and 4,000 from Saudi Arabia will be repatriated. Our embassies and consulates there are facing a lot of pressure and the staff is trying their best,” he said adding that a new policy would soon be announced for overseas Pakistanis.
Those were among who earlier registered on the website provided by the two embassies to return their homeland out of a total of 450,000 Indians and 80,000 Pakistanis.
“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.