ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Dozens of Pakistani prisoners have arrived home from Saudi Arabia today on instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Managing Director Dr Amer Sheikh received the freed persons at Islamabad’s airport along with senior officials of the organization and Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OPHRD).
The arrival lobby of IIA echoed with ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans chanted by the released prisoners, expressing gratitude to the incumbent government for their remarkable efforts in that regard.
According to the OPF spokesman, the prison sentence of Pakistani prisoners, who was detained on minor drug-related cases in Riyadh, was waived off by Saudi authorities on orders of its King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and due to persistent efforts of Pakistan Mission, Riyadh, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and OPHRD, and others.
Top priority was being accorded to overseas Pakistanis in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said, adding all possible efforts were being made to provide maximum facilities to expatriates and their dependents.
He termed Pakistani expatriates as roaming ambassadors and an asset of the country.
He said that OPF was providing services for overseas Pakistanis and their dependents in different walks of life, besides making sure swift resolution of their issues and problems.
On the occasion, the returnee Pakistani expatriates expressed their gratitude to Saudi government and Prime Minister Imran Khan for their repatriation.
Govt committed to help Pakistani prisoners, says PM
Prime Minister Imran Khan said that government was committed to help Pakistani prisoners abroad and assist in their return to Pakistan.
On his twitter handle, the prime minister said that upon his instructions, special flight brought back prisoners, released from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ahead of Eidul Adha.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 20, 2021
“On my instructions, funds were arranged & a special flight brought back prisoners from KSA today, so they could be back with their families for Eid. Helping Pakistanis in prisons abroad & assisting in their return to Pakistan is my govt’s commitment to our people,” the prime minister posted.
Fawad lauds PM’s efforts for return of Pakistanis
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain paid rich tributes to Prime Minister Imran Khan for making personal efforts to repatriate Pakistanis, imprisoned abroad.
The Eid festivities of those Pakistanis’ families were the result of prime minister’s sincere individual efforts, he tweeted.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) July 20, 2021
“No (past) government had ever shown the same feelings for the (incarcerated) expatriate Pakistanis as Imran Khan does,” he said adding thousands of such people, who were suffering abroad had returned home so far.