Pakistan's ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah has congratulated Qatar "on the promulgation of the historic new non-discriminatory labour laws".

Qatar on Sunday introduced a minimum wage package for all private sector workers, including domestic workers, and abolished the No-Objection Certificate requirement to change jobs as part of its labour reform programme.

“The new rules are in line with the commitment of the State of Qatar towards providing a conducive, healthy and productive environment coupled with greater freedom and protection for expatriate workers,” he said in a statement issued by the Pakistan embassy in Doha.

The ambassador noted that the Pakistani workforce has "proudly contributed to the exemplary progress and prosperity of the State of Qatar, which is their second home, over the last five decades and would continue to do so in the future years".

He also called on members of the Pakistani workforce to follow and obey the laws of the land in letter and spirit, while availing of the opportunities afforded by the new rules.