Working on bringing stranded Pakistanis home: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the government has established a crisis management cell which was working round the clock on bringing back the stranded Pakistanis home.
“We want to bring back stranded Pakistanis as soon as possible,” Qureshi said while addressing a press conference. “We have directed our embassies to coordinate with our citizens stranded in the countries.”
“From April 20 we will increase our capacity from 2000 to 8000,” he said.
Speaking about the ongoing health crisis, the foreign minister said the entire world has been gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic which has infected more than two million and killed more than 136,000 people.
“The global economy and exports have been badly hit by the epidemic. It has not only affected the developing countries, but the developed nations are also feeling the pinch,” Qureshi noted.
The foreign minister added that there was an unprecedented increase in joblessness everywhere.
“Experts believe there have been a three trillion dollars hit to the world economy.”
“The prime minister had said that developing nations would be the hardest hit because of the pandemic and appealed for the debt relief,” he said.
Qureshi continued, “our recommendation for relief came under discussion at the G7 meeting and then later at the G20 meeting yesterday where a decision was taken in this regard.”
Speaking about the debt relief by the International Monetary Fund, the foreign minister said this will give Pakistan a fiscal space. “This is a step forward to support the poor section of the society,” he remarked.
“Relief will benefit the people,” Qureshi said. “This is a global pandemic and we need global cooperation and consensus.

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