Non-resident Pakistanis seeking ID cards should be given monetary concessions: SC

The Supreme Court said on Thursday that Pakistanis who are living abroad should be given monetary concessions by the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) in the issuance of identity cards. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu case initiated after a non-resident … Read moreNon-resident Pakistanis seeking ID cards should be given monetary concessions: SC

NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS AND HONOURABLE SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN

By Muhammad Javed The Honourable Supreme Court has issued Notice that as to why an Overseas Pakistani (OPs) pays Rs. 15,000 (or perhaps Rs. 25,000 as I read in a letter to editor from an Overseas Pakistani) for his National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) while a Pakistani in the country for the same … Read moreNATIONAL IDENTITY CARD FOR OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS AND HONOURABLE SUPREME COURT OF PAKISTAN

BOARD’S APPROVALS IN MY BELOVED HOMELAND PAKISTAN

By Muhammad Javed FIA is investigating, as usual for final outcome never to see light of the day, the alleged sale of a PIA flying A-310 aircraft to a German museum for peanuts and without approval of the PIA Board.  The aircraft in question first flew with its crew to Malta without any government permission to … Read moreBOARD’S APPROVALS IN MY BELOVED HOMELAND PAKISTAN

OPF forms advisory committee

Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) has approved the constitution of 137-members Overseas Pakistanis Advisory Council (OPAC) comprising prominent overseas Pakistanis from across the world. The decision was taken in 138th meeting of OPF Board of Governors held at OPF Head Office.
The newly formed OPAC is mandated to serve as a feeder group to the OPF Board of Governors on issues pertaining to Pakistani expatriates and to suggest welfare measures for overseas Pakistanis besides furnishing proposals regarding policy formulation beneficial to overseas Pakistanis and motivate the local Pakistani community living abroad to send remittances through legal channels.
On this occasion, talking to Chaudhary Ansar (Advocate), a prominent overseas Pakistanis, the Chairman OPF OPF Board of Governors, Barrister Amjad Malik said that the present government attaches high priority to the overseas Pakistanis and is keen to promote, nurture and sustain a mutually beneficial and productive relationship between Pakistan and Pakistanis. He said that Pakistani expatriates are playing vital role in improving the economy of the country and they deserve special attention. He said that provision of more facilities and resolution of problems being faced by overseas Pakistanis is the top most priority of the government of Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

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Allama Iqbal University to accommodate overseas Pakistanis

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) on Friday announced that overseas Pakistanis could submit their online admission applications by April 7 with a nominal late fee as part of a special plan aimed at providing educational facilities to overseas Pakistanis, particularly those living in the Middle East.

The plan includes providing online study materials and arranging examination facilities in countries from where applications will be submitted.

The university has accordingly set its admission schedule for overseas Pakistanis living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, and Bahrain, as per directions of the AIOU Vice Chancellor Shahid Siddiqui.

Pakistanis stationed in these countries can submit their admissions forms along with the prescribed fee in foreign currencies within the stipulated date.

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Gwadar steals attention as real estate market fluctuates

By Shahram Haq

Pakistan’s real estate market saw a fluctuating trend in February with some areas showing growth.

According to statistics released by Zameen.com, a property portal, investor sentiments turned towards Gwadar, which is in the limelight due to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) initiative. Another preference for realty investors remained Gujranwala, as a lot of development is underway in the city and majority of the emerging societies do not come under the tax-net due to lower prices.

Zameen.com CEO Zeeshan Ali Khan said Gwadar is an up and coming market and it has a lot of potential to offer some high returns.“I don’t find it surprising that investors are diverting their attention from Karachi to Gwadar, especially given the highly affordable prices in Gwadar projects at the moment,” Khan said.

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OPF increases financial aid for deceased Overseas Pakistanis

APP: Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF)’s Board of Governors has increased its financial aid scheme from Rs-250000 to Rs-400000 per family of deceased overseas Pakistanis and Rs-300000 for disabled persons.

An official source said, “This scheme will help the bereaved families to overcome their initial financial issues soon after the demise or disability of their earning members.

He said that OPF had introduced financial aid scheme in 1980-81 to provide financial assistance to the destitute families of overseas Pakistanis in case of death or disability of overseas Pakistanis. He said that Overseas Pakistanis were playing vital role in strengthening economy of the country and they deserved special attention for resolution of their grievances. To a question he said that OPF had been working for the welfare of expatriate Pakistanis and their dependents in different areas like provision of financial assistance, educational, health and housing facilities.

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SC directs Nadra to justify exorbitant fee for expats

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) to submit a reply for charging excessive fee from overseas Pakistanis for issuance and cancellation of identity cards.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Mian Saqib Nisar, heard a suo moto case regarding the charging of exorbitant fee from overseas Pakistanis for issuance and cancellation of Pakistan origin card (POC).

The court directed Nadra to inform as to how the rates for issuance and cancellation of the card were fixed. The CJ took suo moto notice of the practice of charging exorbitant fee for issuance and cancellation of the POC causing financial burden to overseas Pakistanis. 

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