In a groundbreaking move to empower the Pakistani diaspora, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is actively seeking proposals and recommendations from party members and activists abroad. The initiative aims to provide a proper voice for overseas Pakistanis in both the Upper and Lower houses of Pakistan’s Parliament to properly address the lingering issues of the Pakistani diaspora. This step highlights the commitment of the PML(N) to mainstream the Pakistani diaspora in the political discourse of the nation.
Sheikh Saeed, the dynamic PML(N) organizer and leader in Europe, while talking to DubaiNews.tv emphasized the party’s dedication to recognizing the strength and pride of over 9 million overseas nationals. Mian Nawaz Sharif’s leadership underscores the party’s appreciation for their commitment, love for the country, and significant contributions to the state of Pakistan.
The PML(N) is actively pursuing the representation of overseas Pakistanis in the Houses of Parliament in the upcoming general elections, addressing their grievances through one-window complaint cells, ensuring the safety of their investments, lands, and lives, and facilitating safe travel to and from their country of origin and domicile. The party expresses a strong determination to achieve these objectives swiftly, fairly, and justly.
One of the key proposals put forth is the support for the voting rights of overseas nationals. However, the party emphasizes that if overseas Pakistanis wish to vote in local constituencies, their names must be recorded in the local voter list, and they can cast their votes while visiting or residing in Pakistan.
Sheikh Saeed said that the question of granting voting rights to overseas nationals settled abroad requires careful deliberation. Involving consultation with all parties, the Election Commission of Pakistan, and stakeholders is crucial to determine the method and process through which overseas Pakistanis will exercise their vote. This includes deciding whether they will vote for political parties, overseas constituencies, or individual overseas candidates.
“The unique challenges posed by the Middle East, where political activity is restricted, further necessitate a thoughtful approach to avoid dividing overseas Pakistanis into segments based on their ability to engage in political activities according to local laws.”
The PML(N) assures overseas Pakistanis that their efforts, especially the remittances sent back home in billions, do not go unnoticed. Sheikh Saeed reiterated the party’s commitment to addressing the grievances of overseas Pakistanis, ensuring the safety of their investments, facilitating their return to Pakistan, and recognizing their role in building the image of the country.
The PML(N) has outlined a comprehensive plan to enhance the experience of overseas Pakistanis. This includes the establishment of advisory councils at the national and provincial levels, the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission, and a specialist tribunal to prevent the confiscation of lands belonging to overseas Pakistanis.
Additionally, the party advocates for alternate dispute resolution mechanisms for out-of-court settlements, increased Hajj quotas, hotlines for property issue resolutions, and expanded housing quotas for overseas Pakistanis.
The PML(N) envisions a future where outstanding overseas Pakistanis are honored in a Hall of Fame for their remarkable contributions and achievements. The party supports dedicated national saving schemes, improved embassy assistance, optimized document attestation, accessible camp offices, streamlined certification, education empowerment, and a revolutionary approach to the Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC).
“The PML(N) efforts underscore a commitment to inclusivity, representation, and empowerment for the Pakistani diaspora. As the party actively seeks input from overseas activists, it sets a precedent for a more inclusive and representative political landscape, ensuring that the voices of overseas Pakistanis are not only heard but also play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s future,” Sheikh Saeed added.