Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmoud Qureshi has increased his capacity to bring back 7, 000 stranded Pakistanis from abroad every week.
He said that this number will increase in the coming weeks. He also informed that 10, 000 people have already returned.
He said, “It is our utmost endeavour to bring back all the registered 60,000 stranded Pakistanis before Eidul Fitr,”
He said that Pakistan was in a critical economic situation once again.
Shah Mahmoud Qureshi addressed the Pakistanis in teh US through a video-link in which he said that Pakistan’s exports have plunged and remittances are estimated to go down by 22 to 23 percent.
He predicted that the fiscal deficit will go up and might be decreased from 9.5 to 10 percent in the country’s GDP.
He said, “We have taken certain steps in our limited fiscal space. The government has announced an $8 billion relief package,”
In addition to this, Shah Mahmoud Qureshi appreciated the government’s efforts. He said that the government has introduced programs to help the poor community of the society and support the economy in difficult times.
He said that the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund is also hopeful.
He also praised PM’s efforts in proposing a global debt relief initiative.
Apart from that, he also said that Pakistani community in the United States has played significant role.