62 prisoners released by Saudi Arabia on PM Imran's intervention reach Pakistan

62 prisoners released by Saudi Arabia on PM Imran's intervention reach Pakistan 62 prisoners released by Saudi Arabia on PM Imran's intervention reach Pakistan

Islamabad: A special flight brought 62 prisoners, released by the Saudi Arabia government ahead of Eidul Azha, back to Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet on Tuesday.

He said the government was committed to help Pakistani prisoners abroad and assist in their repatriation to Pakistan.

“On my instructions, funds were arranged and a special flight brought back 62 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.

Earlier on Tuesday, 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 these Pakistani prisoners, who were detained on minor drug-related cases in Riyadh, was waived off by the 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.

Fawad lauds PM’s personal efforts

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Tuesday 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. “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.

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