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Pakistan sets up facilitation centre in Riyadh for 'distressed' Saudi-based workers

Pakistan sets up facilitation centre in Riyadh for 'distressed' Saudi-based workers

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani embassy in Riyadh has set up 'Special Facilitation Centre' to provide welfare to Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia who are suffering from financial problems and distress, a PM House statement said on Tuesday.

"The prime minister has instructed the Pakistan embassy to assist the Pakistani workers in distress and take all possible steps to resolve their grievances at the earliest," read the statement.

The embassy will also facilitate the Pakistani workforce by compiling claims for their dues and salaries.

The Foreign Office (FO) also apprised the premier that the Pakistani embassy has made arrangements for ensuring food supply, medical assistance and settlement of salaries and outstanding dues of the employees.

The Pakistani workers will be facilitated in the transfer of work permits for those who have decide to leave their company and the embassy will also facilitate workers to return to their homeland, if they opt to do so, added the statement.

The embassy further said that the Saudi king has issued a decree ordering urgent payment of dues to workers by the concerned corporate entities.

The prime minister further directed the FO to ensure provision of all necessary support to Pakistani workers.

‘’We stand by our hardworking workers who are away from their homeland to earn a living for their families. They are our strength and pride. We will help them out in all possible ways’’, said Nawaz.

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