Siraj ul Haq criticizes govt for ignoring overseas Pakistanis


LAHORE: Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Senator SirajulHaq has said that the overseas Pakistanis who had been earning billions of foreign exchange for the country and helping the nation in every difficulty, had been totally ignored by the government during the corona crisis.

Addressing a press conference at Mansoora, he said that there was none to look after the Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the Pak embassies there were not cooperating with them in any manner. He urged the government to repatriate these people on emergency basis and provide them free treatment and other facilities.

He said that 130,000 Pakistanis in both these countries had applied for air tickets. He said that the schedule announced by the government today implied the repatriation of only three thousand Pakistanis till June ten.

Siraj ul Haq

SirajulHaq said that he had personally made every effort to contact the Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis these days but it was all in vain. 

The JI chief said it was a matter of shame that the PIA was charging four, five times more than the normal fare from these people and the Commission mafia was filling its   pockets by exploiting the helplessness of these people. He said that the government was charging Rs. 3000 per single night for quarantine from these people besides Rs. 1500 per day for meals. He demanded that these people should be provided these facilities free of cost. 

He said that if the PIA was short of funds, a reasonable amount out of the Corona Relief fund of Rs. 1200 billion announced by the government should be reserved for the overseas Pakistanis. He said that the Pakistanis returning home should be treated as guests and not as criminals.