PESHAWAR - A parliamentary delegation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa led by the Speaker Asad Qaiser yesterday called on Advisor to Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office.

The delegation handed him over the unanimous resolution of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly urging the federal government to take up the problems of Pakistani workers with the authorities of Saudi Arabia.

The resolution which was recently unanimously passed by the provincial assembly expressed grave concern over the plight of the Pakistani overseas’ workers in Saudi Arabia and thus urged the federal government to take up the matter with Saudi authorities at the highest level.

The members of the delegation which included KP Senior Minister for Local Government, Inayatullah Khan, Finance Minister Muzaffar Syed, MPAs Arshad Khan Umarzai (QWP), Sahibzada Sanaullah (PPP), Aurangzeb Naluta (PML-N), and MNA Aqifullah Khan apprised the PM’s Advisor in detail about the number of the Pakistani overseas workers in Saudi Arabia from different parts of poverty and war-hit KP and the dependency of the families of these workers on their remittances.

They also informed Sartaj Aziz of the threat posed to the socio-economic conditions of these respective areas in case of the stoppage of such remittances.

It was informed that the number of such workers is in millions from KP of whom thousands are in jails for no fault of their own while hundreds of thousands are stranded without wages and food in different camps in the far-flung areas of Saudi Arabia.

They also asked the Foreign Office to facilitate these overseas workers in getting their passports renewed easily by increasing the staff deputed and the centres established for such purposes.  They said that the federal government must take up the issues of these workers with regard to the renewal of their iqamas and performance of Hajj during their stay.

The Foreign Office briefed the delegation in detail about the steps taken by the federal government to facilitate these workers and informed that over 20 centres have been established for the purpose and these workers have been provided counsels, legal and community welfare assistance on the one hand while on the other hand their issues have been taken at the highest level with Saudi authorities.

It was due to these efforts that the food supply and iqamas problem of these workers has been totally resolved while on the one hand the Prime Minister has released special funds for the assistance of their families. Similarly the Saudi authorities are also making efforts in providing them their arrears from their respective companies. Sartaj Aziz assured that the concerns of the KP assembly will be taken up both with the Prime Minister, the immigration authorities and also with Saudi kingdom.