ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf on Monday said the government planned to bring back home about 12, 000 Pakistanis stranded in foreign countries in next ten days, before Eid ul Fitr.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said earlier about 7,500 stranded Pakistanis were repatriated in ten days.
The special assistant said under the new policy, Coronavirus test of the Pakistanis would be conducted soon after their landing in the country, and then those who tested negative would be sent home while people with positive tests would be quarantined either at government facilities or at their homes.
Moeed Yusuf said about 20,000 stranded Pakistanis had so far been brought back home while 110,000 other Pakistanis in foreign countries desired to return home.
He said on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government was endeavoring to bring maximum stranded Pakistanis back home at the earliest.
The special assistant said the government planned to operationalise Sialkot and Quetta airports as well in days to come.