Provinces must step forward to improve coronavirus testing, quarantine measures: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said that the provinces need to step forward to improve coronavirus testing and quarantine measures in order to accelerate the repatriation of Pakistani citizens stuck abroad due to the virus pandemic.

Chairing a meeting at the Foreign Office on Saturday morning, the foreign minister said that the federal government was making all possible efforts to bring back home the citizens stranded in different parts of the world due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

“Our envoys in different countries are in constant touch with pilgrims and other citizens who have been unable to return to Pakistan because of the virus situation,” he said at the meeting, adding that a strategy to bring them back to Pakistan was in the process of being finalized. 

“We have already brought back 1,600 Pakistanis from abroad in 9 special flights,” Qureshi noted, adding that protocols to deal with the repatriated citizens had also been finalized.

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