Senate body prepares draft act
Islamabad: Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis has been informed that draft act regarding the right of vote to overseas Pakistanis has been prepared; meanwhile its approval would be taken from federal cabinet soon. The expatriate Pakistanis would use their right of vote in the next elections.
The meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis headed by Senator Muhammad Ali Rind was held at the parliament here on Monday. On a question raised by Senator Nasreen Jalil, the committee was informed that decision has been taken regarding not adopting the children of expatriates by the Canadian government that the issue would be raised with government of Canada after consultations with the Interior Ministry.
The Pakistanis affected from Iraq-Kuwait War have been given the compensation money along with the profit provided by the United Nations but some problems of expatriates are to be solved.
The Pakistanis sending foreign exchange to the country from abroad are playing important role in strengthening economy of the country.
Mostly Pakistanis are there in the Middle East. The Pakistanis in Europe and America have become citizens of these countries.
There are 23 schools and two collages for providing facilities and services to expatriates and their families. A school and vocational institute are being established for the children of expatriates of FATA. The children are being trained through vocational institutes. The work on housing schemes is in progress in 12 major cities of the country and there are two major hospitals in Mirpur and Dera Ghazi Khan for the overseas Pakistanis.
The Senator Maulvi Abdul Sattar stressed for employment aboard for the people of Balochistan. The committee suggested for two year insurance period for expatriates. The committee also approved the suggestion for setting up special bench for prompt decisions over kidnapping for ransom of expatriates while they travel from airport to their homes, and for prompt decisions regarding their property, ownership and other cases.
The committee was apprised that skilled and educated individuals through the vocational training would be sent abroad to get employment there so that they could get maximum salaries. The ministry is struggling to get maximum profit by using its costly 2250 acre land as on residential and commercial basis.
The advertisement in the Urdu and English newspapers of the country and through embassy in the foreign countries regarding performance and services of ministry are continuously struggling for betterment and likewise EOBI, the facility of providing pension to expatriate Pakistanis after returning to Pakistan is being pondered.
South Asian News Agency