Travellers Must Carry ‘Corona Free Certificate’: NA Panel

In the aftermath of the rapidly expanding coronavirus, the Standing Committee on the Creation of Human Resource and the National Assembly of Pakistani Overseas has recommended that travelers be allowed to have a ‘ free corona certificate. ‘

“Just like it is essential for Pakistanis to carry a polio certificate while travelling to other countries, it should be made compulsory for foreigners to have a corona free certificate while coming to Pakistan,” Standing Committee member Javed Shah said.

The meeting of the committee was held under the chairmanship of Sheikh Fayyazuddin.

Members of the National Assembly (MNAs), including Fazal Muhammad Khan, Dr Haider Ali Khan, Sajid Khan, Haji Imtiaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Attaullah, Zahra Wadood Fatemi, Sobia Kamal Khan, Syed Abrar Ali Shah, Zulfiqar Ali Khan Dullah, Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, Shahid Ahmed, Muhammad Jamalud Din, and senior officers from the overseas ministry were in attendance.

“The government of China is providing all-out facilities to Pakistani students studying there, and those residing in Wuhan where the coronavirus broke out,” an official of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination told the committee.

The meeting told the government that the first national immigration policy would be introduced, intended to develop systematic policies to monitor the systems of welfare of migrants and to protect their families rights.

“The draft of National Emigrants Policy has been finalised after holding an extensive consultation with national and international experts,” a senior officer of the overseas ministry told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis.

The policy would be presented before the federal cabinet in its next meeting for final approval, he told the NA panel.

The officer said the policy would ensure protection of life and property of expatriates hailing from all the provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The overseas ministry officer apprised the committee that the country had recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Japan for exporting skilled workforce.

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