Prime Minister Imran said those who were deprived of their jobs by the lockdown should visit the website and register themselves. He said those who want to get themselves registered will have to provide evidence of the organisation they were enlisted to work before losing jobs.
"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.
"I had earlier warned cases of COVID-19 might exceed 1.2 million by the end of July. However, as a result of precautionary measures followed by people and the administration, the tally of cases may be less than 400,000,” Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said at a presser.
“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.
The surge in deaths and number of corona patients also indicate the looming danger, said a research done by Geo News, which is based on experts’ comments and analysis of data collected from four big cities of the country.
"During the 3-month historic repatriation operation, the Consulate and the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi assisted over 60,000 stranded Pakistanis in flying home with 131 special PIA flights."
Lahore has reported the highest number of cases at 84, followed by Rawalpindi and Islamabad with 24, Quetta 17, Peshawar 12, Karachi nine, Sukkur six, Multan five and Gujranwala and Hyderabad two each.
Fearful of the economic and financial impact, and swayed by the acute hardship suffered by millions of poor families, Prime Minister Imran Khan has defended the lifting of the lockdown last week, saying the virus spread has been well below projections.
Mian Jamshed Uddin Kakakhel, Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, and Shaukat Manzoor Cheema, who was a member of the Punjab assembly, both died on Wednesday. Cheema was elected on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ticket in 2018 from PP-51 Gujranwala constituency.