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230 Pakistanis released from Saudi Arabia jail reach home: Zulfikar Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development Zulfikar Bukhari on Tuesday said 230 Pakistanis released from Saudi Arabia’s jail had reached the country, ARY News reported.

“The previous governments did not do anything for overseas Pakistanis. The ministry of overseas Pakistanis was known for corruption in Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) and Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI),” Zulfikar Bukhari said in a statement.

Every department of the ministry was ruined and the incumbent government would require some time to fix them, he said adding that he was not eager to announce new housing scheme for the OPF. “I want to first deliver to those from whom the ministry got money in the past.”

He said a committee had been formed in Dubai for legal aid of Pakistani citizens.

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On February 18, Prime Minister Imran Khan thanked Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for his visit to Pakistan and also expressed his gratitude to the royal dignitary for ordering the release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners detained in Saudi Arabian jails.

Addressing a joint press conference along with the Saudi crown prince at the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi, PM Khan said: “The social media response [on your visit] to Pakistan shows your immense popularity, and if you were to contest the elections here, you would end up getting more votes than me.”

He said the entire Pakistani nation was thankful for his act of kindness in releasing the detained people.

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