Associated Press of Pakistan
The representatives of overseas Pakistanis on Monday appreciated the initiative of Federal Ombudsman for setting up an exclusive cell to address the complaints of Pakistani expatriates. The members of Board of Governors of Overseas Pakistani Foundation (OPF) in a meeting with Federal Ombudsman (Wafaqi Mohtasib) Salman Farooqui said that the step was significant in redressing the grievances of overseas Pakistanis. The Federal Ombudsman has established a cell in his secretariat to deal with the complaints being received by the Pakistani expatriates.
The representatives of overseas Pakistanis expressed satisfaction that the expatriate Pakistanis could now use the facility online and register their complaints with the Ombudsman.
They lauded the appointment of focal persons and the Community Welfare Officers at the embassies abroad for forwarding the complaints received from overseas Pakistanis to the Wafaqi Mohtasib’s Office.
They expressed gratitude over the inquiry ordered by the Federal Ombudsman for the fast delivery of Machine Readable Passports (MRP), that prompted the issuance of 15,000 passports on daily basis.
The expatriate Pakistanis appreciated the Ombudsman’s proposal to strengthen the passport delivery system by setting up MRP offices abroad in each area with a Pakistani community of ten thousand people.
They highlighted the issues faced by the overseas Pakistanis and stressed the need for setting up a forum to receive the input of expatriates on the issues relating to them.
The expats appreciated President Asif Ali Zardari for personally writing a letter to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz requesting him to facilitate overseas Pakistanis there. He said it was heartening that the Saudi government as a result gave a three-month grace period to all Pakistanis to fulfill their legal requirements.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Barrister Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel, the head of cell for expatriates Sher Afgan Khan and Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis Talat Altaf. The representatives of overseas Pakistanis included Masud M. Khan (Denmark), Khalid Usman (Canada) and Khalid Chaudhry (Saudi Arabia).