Pakistan is unable to repatriate its citizens in United Arab Emirates, due to the lack of quarantine and testing facilities in the country, a senior official said on Saturday.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ghulam Dastgir, said that if all necessary precautions are taken to test and quarantine people upon arrival, repatriation can begin to ensure that travelers are in safe hands.

“The government is taking the necessary steps to curb the spread of corona virus to ensure that all foreign passengers can be quarantined and tested upon arrival. Once all of these measures have been taken, the government will make its decision (Return) communicate to people), “said Dastgir in an interview with the news agency on Saturday.

Currently, more than 25,000 people have registered with the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai for repatriation, while over 10,000 have become unemployed due to the pandemic.

He quoted Prime Minister Imran Khan and said the government’s priority is to bring back all Pakistanis stranded abroad, and the government is finalizing standard operating procedures in this regard.

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