Federal Minister for overseas Pakistanis Dr. Farooq Sattar on Tuesday said that Overseas Pakistanis would be given seats in the Parliament and the Senate. Addressing High Profile Pakistan International Council seminar organized by Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large, Mr. Javed Malik, held here, he said, “We agreed to prepare a piece of legislation which would create a few seats for overseas Pakistanis to our national assembly, to our senate and to our provincial legislature”.
“This exists in some of the most modern countries of the world like China, Germany and Italy, where overseas citizens have representation back home in their own parliaments”, he added. Appreciating the idea of formation of Pakistan International Council to play a key role in uniting the overseas Pakistani community, he said that the overseas Pakistanis would be given a status of a VIP when coming back home.
He said he was already working on ensuring that they were also given a right to vote in Parliament. Speaking on the occasion, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad appreciated the efforts of Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large, Javed Malik and assured him of the full support of the government.
He called on the overseas based Pakistanis are an asset for Pakistan and the government will do all that it can to ensure that they are supported in every way. speaking on the occasion, Pakistan’s Ambassador at Large, Javed Malik appreciated the role being played by overseas Pakistanis and said that the government was working on a series of initiatives to recognize their contributions not only to support Pakistan but also in highlighting the positive image of the country.
He also paid rich tributes to Friends of Pakistan, and said ”in addition to the overseas Pakistanis, we will also recognize and appreciate the support of Friends of Pakistan, these are people who may not be Pakistani by nationality but have a great interest with Pakistan”.
“We appreciate the support of our friends. We will demonstrate this appreciation through Prime Minister’s Global Pakistani Awards which have been launched on directives of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to honour, recognize and appreciate the role of overseas Pakistanis and Friends of Pakistan annually”, he added.
Deputy Speaker of National Assembly, Faisal Karim Kundi, other Federal Ministers and Mayor of Karachi, and distinguished Middle East based Pakistanis, a large number of Arab personalities including members of the Royal family and leading businessmen were present on the occasion. -SANA