ISLAMABAD, July 9 (TNS): Prime Minister Muhammd Nawaz Sharif considers that expatriate Pakistanis are roaming ambassadors of the country and the government is giving top priority to resolve their problems, said Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Board of Governors Barrister Amjad Malik.
He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held here in the honour of newly appointed members of Overseas Pakistanis Advisory Council (OPAC), said a press release.
Among others, the ceremony was attended by a large number of expatriate Pakistanis, former ambassador Manzor-ul-Haq, Mansor Ahmed Junejo, Chairman Red Crescent Dr Saeed Elahi, Additional Secretary Foreign Affairs Shah Jamal and senior officials of OPF.
Barrister Amjad Malik said OPAC was constituted in accordance with the vision of the Prime Minister to get feedback, involve expatriates in the process of policy making and provide them maximum facilities at their doorstep.
He said the government had appointed an overseas Pakistani as Chairman BoG of OPF, who is well aware of the problems of expatriate Pakistanis, for welfare of Pakistanis living abroad.
The Chairman highlighted a number of new initiatives taken by the OPF for welfare of expatriates and their dependents including revamping of OPF website and launching of 24-hour helpline besides provision of financial assistance within one month.
The OPAC members also taken up various issues pertaining to expatriate Pakistanis and gave suggestions for their amicable solution.