Islamabad (Agencies): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Islamabad are working to add more flights to repatriate Pakistani citizens from the Gulf Arab state.
According a Dubai government source, thirteen more repatriation flights, operated by Emirates, Air Arabia and PIA, will depart the UAE between April 20 and April 28.
Islamabad last week began repatriating some of its citizens from the UAE, which had earlier warned countries refusing to take back nationals stranded by the coronavirus pandemic that it could review labour ties.
A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight carried home 227 Pakistanis on Saturday.
Pakistan is a big labour supplier to the UAE, with more than a million Pakistanis living and working in the country, according to Pakistani diplomats. Over 40,000 Pakistanis have registered to return home, two UAE newspapers have reported.