According to Arab News, Pakistan's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ijaz has addressed a large number of Pakistanis outside the diplomatic quarters. He appealed to the Pakistanis arriving at the embassy to fully abide by all the security measures taken by the Saudi government regarding the corona virus.
On the occasion, the ambassador told Arab News that a large number of Pakistanis want to reach the embassy due to consular services and especially for buying tickets for repatriation.
Special flights are being flown to different cities of Pakistan for the repatriation of Pakistani citizens.
Raja Ali Ijaz said that more than 50 people were not allowed to enter the Pakistani embassy in the diplomatic quarters at the same time due to restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
A large number of Pakistanis arrive here through consular services and special PIA flights to contact the embassy regarding their return to Pakistan.
He added that after a nearly three-month lockdown due to the corona virus, a large number of Pakistanis are present at the embassy to obtain Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) tickets and consular services. For all of them, the service has been resumed five days a week.
The ambassador said that two more special PIA flights have been extended for repatriation, each carrying 140 passengers who left Riyadh for Multan yesterday.
The embassy in Riyadh has so far facilitated the repatriation of 2,494 passengers on 14 special flights.
It should be noted that the government of Pakistan has started a series of special flights to other countries, including Saudi Arabia, for the repatriation of Pakistanis trapped after the corona virus.
Special flights from Saudi Arabia are phasing out passengers through the embassy in Riyadh and the Pakistani consulate in Jeddah.
to Pakistan has also been increased to expedite the repatriation process. Special flights have also been operated from Dammam.
According to the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, all efforts will continue till the early repatriation of thousands of aspiring Pakistanis under the supervision of the Foreign Ministry is completed.