ISLAMABAD : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will give preference to Pakistanis in terms of employment opportunities, once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
This was stated by Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Bukhari on Saturday. The Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis in a statement said that the UAE officials have given Bukhari a reassurance in this regard.
Quoting Bukhari, the statement said the Pakistan government and UAE officials will ensure the rights of Pakistanis working in the Gulf country. A day earlier on Friday, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) resolved to address the issue of Pakistani expatriates who have lost their jobs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The modalities to this effect were worked out during a meeting between Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari and UAE Minister for Human Resources Naseer Bin Thani Juma Al Hamli. The two sides discussed various possibilities for restoration of the jobs of laid-off Pakistani workers in the emirates. Naseer Bin Thani assured the special assistant that the UAE government will ensure job creation for Pakistani workers and protect their rights.