Zulfi Bukhari inaugurates Qatar Visa Centre in Islamabad


ISLAMABAD: In a groundbreaking ceremony, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (PM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfi Bukhari along with Qatari Ambassador to Pakistan Saqar Bin Mubarak inaugurated the Qatar Visa Facilitation Centre here on Thursday.

Talking to the media, Zulfi Bukhari said that the government is committed to the goal of filling 100,000 job vacancies for Pakistanis that Qatar promised as it is the prime minister’s vision to create employment opportunities in and outside Pakistan.

“Qatar has promised 100,000 jobs for the Pakistani workforce and the process has been started with this centre,” said Zulfi.

“It is a big moment for us because Pakistan is one of the eight countries to have a Qatari Visa Facilitation Center for swift processing of workers’ visa,” he added.

The Pakistani skilled labour force will be employed in the 2022 FIFA World Cup and they will also be utilised in other major ventures such as construction projects in Qatar.

While mentioning the problems of Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia, Zulfi Bukhari said that Pakistan is holding dialogues with Qatari officials to adjust the skilled labour force returning from Saudi Arabia in their country.

While talking to the participants in the inauguration ceremony of the visa centre, Saqar Bin Mubarak said that the visa process was handled by the Qatari government in the past, however, applicants could now get their visas processed and approved through this new facilitation centre.

Applicants would have to get their biometric verifications done at the centres. Additionally, medical tests would be conducted to certify their health and fitness.

Similar centres would be opening in other major cities as well.