Saudi Companies Won’t Fire Pakistani Employees During COVID-19 Lockdown: Bukhari

On the special request of Pakistan, the Saudi government has stopped companies from terminating Pakistani employees for another three months.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, spoke to his Saudi counterpart on a video call.

During the conference, Bukhari highlighted woes of Pakistan workers being laid off by Saudi companies due to COVID-19 closures and lockdown.


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To this, the Saudi Vice Minister for Labour and Social Development, Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Abu Thuniyan, assured SAPM Zulfikar Bukhari that no Saudi firm would expel the Pakistani workers for the next three months and pay their full salaries. Those already terminated will also receive their full dues for the time period.

Moreover, the Saudi minister also announced a free extension in work permits for laborers till December.


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Bukhari requested Dr. Abdullah to ensure facilitation to Pakistani workers in every possible way. The tentative schedule to resume flight operations between the countries also came into discussion. The two dignitaries agreed to continue the exchange of information during these testing times.

The Saudi minister also informed SAPM Zulfi Bukhari about his government’s decision to extend the entry and exit visas of Pakistani nationals and free of charge services for transfer of remittances to Pakistan through STC pay.



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