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21 October 2019

In 2019, more Pakistanis go abroad for employment, than in 2018

PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

21 October 2019, Monday

In 2019, more Pakistanis go abroad for employment, than in 2018

According to a report, during the first nine months in 2019, more Pakistanis have gone abroad in search of employment that the entire 2018. During the first nine months in 2019, 430,529 workers have abroad so far, when compared to 382,439 in the entire 2018. 


Pakistan’s workforce abroad is more than 10 million, with over 40 per cent being non-skilled. The professionals amongst the Pakistanis working abroad is around six per cent. The rest are semi-skilled. Of this workforce abroad, more than 80 per cent are in the Gulf countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 


According to State Bank of Pakistan, of the USD 1745 million received in September 2019 as workers remittances, a whopping USD 885 million is from Saudi Arabia and UAE along. Other GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman) add over USD 162 million in September 2019. 


Other countries from where Pakistan received substantial remittances in September 2019 would include the US (281 million), UK (264 million) and Malaysia (121 million). EU countries put together contributed USD 53 million during the same period, with Germany (10 million), Italy (11 million) and Spain (13 million). Figures in USD.


Pakistan claims to have destroyed two Indian bunkers, killing nine Indian soldiers

Pakistan complained of Indian troops engaged in an unprovoked, indiscriminate and ruthless shelling across the Line of Control, killing a Pakistani soldier and injuring nine civilians on Sunday (20 October 2019)


Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), was quoted to have stated destroying two bunkers on the Indian side, besides, killing nine Indian soldiers. According to his tweet, “Indian COAS’ statement claiming destruction of 3 alleged camps in AJK is disappointing as he holds a very responsible appointment. There are no camps let alone targeting those. Indian Embassy in Pakistan is welcome to take any foreign diplomat / media to ‘prove’ it on ground. The propensity of false claims by senior Indian military leadership, especially since Pulwama incident, is detrimental to peace in the region. Such false claims by Indian Army are being made to suit vested domestic interests. This is against professional military ethos.” (Dawn, 21 October 2019)


On the Indian side, Gen Bipan Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff was quoted to have stated that the Indian troops hit three terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar and Keran sectors. According to Gen Rawat, this attack was in response to prevent any further infiltration from the Gurez, Tangdhar, Uri and Macchil sectors. He was quoted: “… before they attempt infiltration, it was decided that we target the terrorist camps across. We had definitive information. We had the coordinates of where these camps have emerged.”


Opposition pressurize Fazlur Rahman from meeting the government for talks on Azadi March

Following the pressure from the opposition parties that are supporting his Azadi march, Fazlur Rehman has asked the Secretary-General of his party (JUI-F) not to meet the Chairman of Senate. Earlier, Fazlur Rahman has agreed to a meeting with the Senate Chairman.


The government has formed a committee headed by Pervez Khattak, the Defence Minister of Pakistan to talk to Fazlur Rahman and prevent the latter from going ahead with his Azadi march. Khattak had earlier renewed his offer to talk to Fazlur Rahman, and even threatened the latter if he refuses there would be chaos.


In June 2019, Fazlur Rahman announced his decision to launch the Azadi march against the government. The date is set for 31 October. The opposition parties, including the PML-N, have agreed to support Fazlur Rahman.


Hidayatullah Shah, one of the members of the JUI-F Shura separately warned: “We are peaceful and would remain peaceful. And if the government tried to stop our peaceful march, we would block Karakorum Highway to all sort of traffic for the indefinite period.” (The News, 21 October 2019)

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