ISLAMABAD                   -                  Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Re­source Development (OP&HRD) Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari Friday said his ministry had been working out a plan to repatriate the corpses of those over­seas Pakistanis who got died abroad due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are in contact with Qatar and oth­er International airlines so that dead bodies of overseas Pakistanis can be brought back to Pakistan from across the globe,” he said in a video message released here for the families of those expats who have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus.

Human remains of those who were died of coronavirus in Saudi Arabia, the United State of America and other countries would be airlifted soon, he added.

The special assistant said special flights of the Pakistan International Airline would also be arranged for the purpose.

He said the overseas ministry had rough numbers at the moment as usu­ally it did not receive data of second and third generations of overseas Pa­kistanis from abroad. Currently, data of such Pakistanis were being compiled, he added.

Zulfikar Bukhari said he was aware of the challenges faced by Pakistanis in transporting the dead bodies of their loved ones from abroad due to halted international flights.

He also lauded the efforts of those overseas Pakistanis who had been performing duties in medical field and fighting the virus on forefront. “I sa­lute them for making Pakistan proud.”

The special assistant urged the Pa­kistani expatriates for lodging com­plaints on the official social media pag­es of the OP&HRD.