Overseas Pakistanis

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Promises

PTI government is keen in providing facilities to Pakistanis residing abroad. This will make a sustainable relationship between overseas Pakistanis and the government which will open ways for investment. PTI claimed to take following actions for Overseas Pakistanis:

1.We will ensure voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.

2.We will champion development of financial instruments to create attractive investment opportunities for Overseas Pakistanis.

3.We will strengthen Pakistani embassies to provide emergency relief

4.We will create a virtual investment desk in key embassies

5.We will ensure that like other citizens of Pakistan, overseas Pakistanis have security of titling.

6.We will provide consular and legal services to all Pakistanis jailed abroad.

7.Pakistan’s embassies abroad will be facilitated. Pakistanis who are in jail abroad will be facilitated. 

8.Overseas Pakistanis will be provided investment opportunities so that their money is invested in Pakistan.

Progress

Ensure voting rights for overseas Pakistanis

August 20, 2018

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) finalised the strategy to allow overseas Pakistanis to vote in upcoming bye-elections in a meeting chaired by Secretary ECP Babar Yaqoob. The registration process will take place from 1st to 15th September.

The task force seemed concerned about the voter buying behavior as it won’t have any mandate to keep a check.

September 18, 2018

7419 overseas Pakistanis out of 632,000 availed the facility to register for online voting in the by-elections to be held on Oct 14

Champion development of financial instruments to create attractive investment opportunities for Overseas Pakistanis. Overseas Pakistanis will be provided investment opportunities so that their money is invested in Pakistan.

August 27, 2018

Finance Minister Asad Umer said that a new scheme will be launched to facilitate overseas Pakistanis. Investment bonds will be floated which will help them earn profit and also take their part in strengthening foreign exchange reserves.

August 29, 2018

Zaheer Abbas, joint director National Savings product development and management department, informed that first ever dollar-based saving certificates will be launched in the next two months. The legal work to get the process running is already in progress.

September 3, 2018

Investment Facilitation Centre for Overseas Pakistanis (IFC) was established by Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) to hold a constructive relationship between the government and overseas Pakistanis.

September 4, 2018

In a round table discussion hosted by Punjab Board of Investment & Trade (PBIT), Pakistani Overseas community expressed their enthusiasm to invest in Pakistan. They also highlighted the challenges faced by the overseas in the procedures. The participants decided that a think tank will be constituted to work efficiently on the matter.

Sartar Azhar Taqiq Khan, Central General Secretary Finance, PTI, talks about the right of overseas Pakistanis to vote in the elections.

September 18, 2018

Prime Minister appointed Zulfi Bukhari as special assistant on Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

September 23, 2018

Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar visited Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) and said that a bill would be presented in Punjab assembly to make OPC more effective. Director General OPC Uman Anwar told that the web portal of OPC was being upgraded on international standards.

October 12, 2018

First quarter of fiscal year (2018-2019) got 13% https://tribune.com.pk/story/1824137/2-remittances-rise-13-first-quarter/ higher remittances.

October 16, 2018

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) in collaboration with National Information Technology Board (NITB) and Avanza Group is all set to digitize all the organizational process being carried out on papers.

October 22, 2018

PM approved major incentives to facilitate overseas Pakistanis including allowance to State Bank to implement Business to Customer (B2C) and Customer to Business (C2B) transactions, approval for incentive payment by the government on the use of Mobile Wallet, initiation of a survey of Overseas Pakistanis to get their feedback.

October 26, 2018

According to Vice Chairperson of Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab Waseem Akhtar Overseas Pakistani’s Commission Act 2014 was being amended to provide better facilities to Pakistanis residing abroad.

October 28, 2018

Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Zulifqar Abbas Bukhari announced the initiative of having live Facebook sessions every week to get an insight into expatriates’ problems. He also revealed that a 24/7 digital complainant cell ‘Call Sarzameen’ was all set to be launched.

The Ministry is also ready to launch digital system for registration through biometric verification.

October 29, 2018

To promote formal channel for remittances among Overseas Pakistanis, Finance Minister, Asad Umar chaired a meeting. He tasked the Overseas Pakistanis Division to conduct a survey of Pakistan labor force, asked National Bank to devise proper mechanism to open Bank accounts and also told FBR and State Bank to propose incentives to promote formal channels.

November 14, 2018

SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari inaugurated “Naya Pakistan Calling” web portal at Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF). Overseas Pakistanis can send their CV’s through the portal.

November 27, 2018

PM Imran Khan approved the decision of abolishing the requirement of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP). Now they can travel without visa.

December 17, 2018

Government planned to launch ‘Digital Challenger Bank’ to promote formal channel usage for remittances. The first ever digital national remittance bank would be established in National Bank of Pakistan.

January 26, 2019

SAPM on Overseas Pakistanis visited Khan Saheb labour camp in Dubai to get to know the condition that they are living in. The visit is first of its kind as no minister ever visited any labour camp. He also emphasized on the use of formal channels for remittances.

January 31, 2019

PM launched ‘Pakistan Banao Certificate’ (PBC), a dollar denominated bond, to attract investments from overseas Pakistanis.

We will provide consular and legal services to all Pakistanis jailed abroad.Pakistan’s embassies abroad will be facilitated. Pakistanis who are in jail abroad will be facilitated. 

September 13, 2018

The ministry of interior forwarded a case for financial assistance to Finance Division to bring back 11,803 Pakistanis detained abroad.

January 28, 2019

During his visit to Dubai, Zulfi Bukhari met Dubai police chief Maj Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Mari and decided to exchange prisoner data through a proper mechanism. They also decided that arrangements would be made for repartition of prisoners who have completed their jail terms.

4 March 2019

Chaudhry Waseem Akhtar, Vice-chairperson, Punjab’s Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) showed concern on immediate actions to resolve grievances of Overseas Pakistanis. He called on Zulfi Bukhari to discuss the matter. Waseem Akhtar also said that pending cases will also be solved by fast checking mechanism to facilitate overseas Pakistanis.

12 April 2019

Overseas Pakistanis Youth Council (OPYC) is under the process of its completion and soon to be launched under Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF). The aim of this initiative is to connect with young Pakistanis settled abroad and make them aware of the rich and diverse cultural heritage their country has to offer. The project will commence by first hosting 20 students from America, UK and Europe who will visit Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore.