Skilled workers’ emigration 58% up: Zulfiqar Bukhari

UK delegation visits Karachi to inspect security at airport


ISLAMABAD/ KARACHI: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari Tuesday said the country has sent around 202,718 skilled workers abroad for various job opportunities during the first seven months of 2019. Zulfiqar Bukhari said the emigration of skilled workforce has witnessed 58 per cent growth as compared to the same period of last year due to the prudent policies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government. He was speaking here at an awareness session  Employment Opportunities for Nurses in UK  arranged by the Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) in collaboration with Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC).

The conference was attended by a large number of nursing staff (male/female) from across the country. The special assistant said Pakistan had sent only 128,021 skilled workers in the first seven month of 2018 which showed that building of skill-set was not the priority of previous regimes. He said the overseas ministry was jointly working with Ministry of education and Professional Training to improve the manpower quality by providing them required environment. Terming the overseas Pakistanis a valuable asset of the country, Zulfikar Bukhari said they worked as the country s ambassador in foreign countries. He urged the participants to avail this opportunity as National Health Services (NHS) of the United Kingdom was offering around 18,000 UK Pounds during its training course only which was more than the salary of a minister in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a delegation of British security agency has arrived Karachi on three-day visit to inspect flight security at the airport. The officials of British Department for Transport inspected the Karachi airport. The delegation inspected joint search baggage counters at the airport. They also examined the baggage, screening and security equipment at the airport.

The officials of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) arranged a briefing to the delegation over the security at the airport. The visit of British security officials is meant to monitor security at the airport before the British Airways’ initiates its direct flights from Karachi, airport sources said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the British flag carriers resumed its flights in Pakistan for Islamabad on June 03 this year. Chief Commercial Officer of the British Airways Andrew Brem had expressed his desire on the occasion to launch the airline’s fights to other cities of the country after capital Islamabad.

The British Airways had stopped its operations in Pakistan in year 2008 due to security reasons. Speaking on the occasion, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan had said with the marked improvement in security situation, foreign airlines are expressing interest to start their operations for Pakistan.

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