Pakistan Foreign Office weekly brief

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Pakistan Foreign Office weekly brief

ISLAMABAD: Updating on situation of stranded Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia, the Foreign Office Spokesman said continued efforts were being made for their welfare.

He dismissed the impression that Pakistan government was not making ample efforts and said "No other country matches with what we are doing for our stranded citizens".

The Pakistan embassy is doing its best with ensuring medical treatment and provision of food, and also 200 riyal each person per month where food supply is not possible, he said.

He mentioned that Saudi Labour Ministry had set up facilitation desks at the factories to assist the workers for filing their financial claims.

Nafees Zakaria made it clear that not a single Pakistani had been expelled on expiration of visa, rather the Saudi government was flexible in allowing them to get another job, if available, other than the worker's original employer.

He said Pakistani workers were staying on their own wish in Saudi Arabia, in hope of refund of their dues.

On re-opening of Friendship gate at Chaman border, he said the gate was reopened this morning as Afghanistan expressed condemnation on the 18th August's incident that saw the Afghan civilians desecrating Pakistani flag and pelting stones at Pakistan side.

The gate has been reopened as a "goodwill gesture" in appreciation of Afghanistan as the incident was condemned by the Afghan government.

The Spokesman said Pakistan was in favour of Afghanistan's political and economic stability and whole- heartedly supported the Afghan-led peace process.

He said Pakistan believed that activities of Heart of Asia and the Quadrilateral Coordination Group would contribute to finding a peaceful solution to Afghan conflict.

When asked on statement of Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz saying former ambassador to U.S Hussain Haqqani was lobbying against Pakistan, the Spokesman said "We are mindful of the elements working against Pakistan".