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Combating coronavirus: Dubai consulate signs up 60,000 Pakistanis keen to return home

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Priority is being given to those whose visa are expired and lost jobs in the UAE.

Pakistan Consulate in Dubai has registered more than 60,000 Pakistani citizens, who are willing to go back to the country, through special flights operations in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Ahmed Amjad Ali, Consul General of Pakistan, Dubai, said that more than 2,500 stranded Pakistanis have so far been repatriated to the country, through special flights operations, conducted by the Pakistani and UAE airlines.

In a video message late on Sunday evening, the consul-general has asked the Pakistani community residing in Dubai and Northern Emirates to show patience with regards to the current situation.

“We have intensified the repatriation process and everybody registered with the consulate will be repatriated to the country soon,” the consul-general said.

He advised Pakistani community not to visit the consulate to buy tickets as it has nothing to do with the sale of tickets.

“We are calling all registered Pakistanis as per priority list and have advised them to buy tickets through only designated counters of the airline,” Amjad Ali said.

Elaborating, he said priority is being given to those whose visa are expired and lost jobs in the UAE or on unpaid or paid leaves in addition to pregnant women, medical and family emergencies.

He also advised the Pakistani community not to buy tickets on higher fares as the government has fixed the ticket price on all designated sectors where special flights are being operated.