Giving right of vote to Overseas Pakistanis to strengthen democracy


LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has said that giving the right to vote to Overseas Pakistanis will further strengthen the country and democracy. Opposition parties should stop being adamant and support the government in giving the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis. There is no doubt that overseas Pakistanis are our greatest asset and the political parties who are opposing the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis are actually negating democracy. He stated this while talking to the Chairman Pakistan European Union Federation Portugal Raja Zohaib Zafar and Chairman Pakistan European Union Friendship Pervez Iqbal Losar who called on him with delegation at Governor House Lahore on Monday. During the meeting, issues related to overseas Pakistanis and relations with European countries were discussed.
Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that Overseas Pakistanis are the custodians of national interests in foreign countries. He said that the Overseas Commission in the Center and Punjab is working for the welfare of Pakistanis abroad and for the immediate redressal of their problems. While appreciating the contribution of overseas Pakistanis, he said that the role of Overseas Pakistanis living all over the world, including European countries, is commendable, adding that we all value the role of Overseas Pakistanis in Pakistan’s economic development.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that our biggest asset is overseas Pakistanis as they send the highest foreign exchange to Pakistan. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has been talking about giving the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis from day one but unfortunately, the opposition parties are still not supporting it which is completely contrary to democracy. He said that the opposition parties should stop being adamant and support the government in giving the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis.
Governor Punjab said that ‘Roshan Apna Ghar Scheme’ is a gift of the federal government for overseas Pakistanis through which overseas Pakistanis will also be able to invest and under this scheme, overseas Pakistanis will not be afraid of illegal occupation of their properties, adding that under this scheme banks would be giving gaurantees. The government is creating facilities for overseas Pakistanis in all respects, he added.
On the occasion, Chairman Pakistan-EU Friendship Pervez Iqbal Losar appreciated the efforts of Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar for resolving the problems of overseas Pakistanis and said that overseas Pakistanis stand with the government for the development and prosperity of the country and overseas Pakistanis across Pakistan are investing in all sectors which is also an expression of confidence in the policies of the government, he added.