Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday appreciated the philanthropic role played by the overseas Pakistani community amid Covid-19 outbreak across the world.
The premier took to microblogging website Twitter and said Pakistanis living abroad have been a source of inspiration and have continued to help their brothers and sisters during this difficult time.
“There are many examples where the Pakistani community has been a source of inspiration, helping those around in need,” he wrote.
He said the reason for opening the airspace is to help overseas workers return home, adding that they have suffered the most during the pandemic.
The premier maintained that the government would facilitate the workers in every way.
“This is being done especially to help our overseas workers who have suffered most in this pandemic but have shown great courage and made us proud.”
Under a new policy, around 40,000 to 45,000 Pakistanis will return to the country every week and all stranded citizens will be home in a month.
“The federal government, in consultation with the National Command and Operation Centre [NCOC] and the provinces, has formulated a new comprehensive policy for the repatriation of the Pakistanis stuck abroad,” Special Assistant to the PM on National Security and Strategic Policy Dr Moeed Yusuf said at a news conference, earlier this week.
“Under the new policy, only symptomatic passengers will be tested and if found they positive, they will be quarantined at the facilities provided by the government,” he added.
“However, it will be mandatory for every passenger to quarantine themselves for 14 days at home and they will have to submit this in writing at the airport.”
The SAPM explained that the provinces through the track and trace system would keep an eye on these passengers and those found in violation would be penalised in accordance with law.