ISLAMABAD: Around 5,688 families of Pakistani workers stranded in Saudi Arabia had been paid Rs 50,000 per family as compensation, as per data available in the Pakistani embassy.

According to an official of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), the compensation amount was being paid to the families of stranded workers on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

The official said the rest of the families would be given the cheque of compensation as soon as their data would be available to the OPF through the embassy.

The compensation amount was being paid to the affected families with the efforts of OPF and Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM), the official added.

It is pertinent to mention here that around 8,500 workers had been facing problems regarding non-payment of their salaries, renewal of residency permits, transfer of work permits and jobs etc due to two defaulted companies.