Foreign Office issues important instructions for the Pakistani diaspora across the World

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Foreign Office issues important instructions for the Pakistani diaspora across the World

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office issues important instructions for the Pakistani diaspora across the World.

The Pakistani diaspora was urged to "exercise caution and personal responsibility" and avoid non-essential travel amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Thursday during the weekly media briefing.

The Pakistani community abroad was further told to stay clear from points of congregation, Farooqui added, and practice social-distancing in a responsible manner for the safety of their own and of all around.

"We advise our diaspora to exercise caution and personal responsibility for their personal health as well as of those in their family and communities in line with the advisories of local authorities wherever they may be," she added.

In an update on Twitter, the FO spokesperson explained that the Pakistani missions abroad have established 24/7 hotlines to assist "diaspora communities & also designated focal persons in each Mission".

"Details of hotline numbers and focal persons," she added, sharing a link to the Foreign Ministry's website.

Interestingly, the briefing in Islamabad was held without reporters as part of the social-distancing campaign to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Farooqui's statement, in line with the new practice, was shown live through the official television channel, with responses to reporters' emailed questions to be updated on the FO website later.