Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar has said that launching of digital portal to facilitate overseas Pakistanis is a testimony to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s resolve to serve the countrymen abroad.
He said, “The government has fulfilled its promise of giving voting right to overseas Pakistanis as in a democracy, the performance of any government can be measured by the vote.
Political opponents should also appreciate the government’s move to give overseas Pakistanis the right to vote. Overseas Pakistanis, who send 30 billion annually, are our biggest asset.”
These views were expressed by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar while talking to Overseas Pakistanis during a cake-cutting ceremony organized to celebrate the voting rights to overseas, and during meeting with overseas Pakistani, Naveed Anwar, from United States, at Governor House.
The Punjab governor said that the PTI government is fulfilling all the promises made to the overseas Pakistanis including the right to vote.
The right to vote will enable 9 million Pakistanis living abroad to use their voting right, he added.
He said that those political parties that opposed the voting right of overseas Pakistanis should also reconsider their stance and fully support this initiative because it is constitutional and democratic right of overseas Pakistanis.
He said that the PTI government is taking steps to provide maximum facilities to overseas Pakistanis. Digital portal has also been launched to facilitate overseas Pakistanis.
He said that acquiring power of attorney has been a major problem for Pakistanis living abroad, but PTI government has also solved this, adding that thousands of overseas Pakistanis will benefit from online verification and issuance of power of attorney.
Chaudhry Sarwar further stated that overseas Pakistanis are hardworking and they have great contribution in country’s development as they send remittances.
He said that the overseas Pakistanis value the country, they are very patriotic, and they want the country to progress.
He said that in the past, hurdles were created instead of creating facilities for Pakistanis living abroad. He said that due to the relief and facilities to overseas Pakistanis by the government, today, they are investing more and more in Pakistan. He said that the incumbent government is committed to provide facilities to overseas Pakistanis.
The Punjab governor said that the people have given the mandate to PTI government for five years, adding that the government wants to take the country forward and the political opponents want to put it in reverse gear.
He said that it is the constitutional and democratic right of the government to complete its constitutional term. He said that for the first time in Pakistan, work is being done to strengthen the institutions in true sense.
All political and religious parties must play their positive role in tackling the challenges faced by Pakistan, he concluded.
Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar on Sunday visited ailing former prime minister and PML-Q senior leader Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and inquired after his health.
Reportedly, the Punjab governor went to Doctor’s Hospital in Lahore and visited Ch Shujaat who has been unwell for the last few days.
Governor Sarwar prayed for Ch Shujaat’s speedy recovery and expressed good wishes for him. The governor informed that the PML-Q leader was recovering as his health was improving.
He said that Ch Shujaat was an ace politician and he was a true patriot and he loved Pakistanis. May Allah restore his health, he added.