Efforts on to resolve problems of Pakistani workers in Dammam: FO

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ISLAMABAD, Jul 4 (APP): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh are making every effort to resolve the difficulties being faced by Pakistan nationals working for M/s Saad Group of Companies in Dammam, due to nonpayment of dues, said a Foreign Office statement Monday.

Around 8,000 employees from different nationalities including Saudi nationals are affected. The number of Pakistanis is about five hundred, who are based at three different locations.

The Foreign Office said that the Embassy of Pakistan was in touch with Pakistani employees and the management of the company.

The matter has also been taken up with the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Labour and Social Development of Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also taken up this matter with the Government of Saudi Arabia through Saudi Embassy in Islamabad.

The Pakistan Embassy representatives have paid several visits to Dammam to meet the Pakistani workers and raise the matter with
the management of the company.

The management has assured the Embassy that efforts were in hand to resolve the matter. Since some workers have filed their cases in the labour court, they were waiting for the court’s verdict.

The embassy was also assisting Pakistani workers in finalization of their court cases. The representatives of the embassy as well as the workers have met with the judge of the relevant court for early resolution of the matter.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh were making relentless efforts to ensure that Pakistan nationals were paid their dues and they were able to return to Pakistan, if they so desire, it added.