ISLAMABAD    -    Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfi Bukhari Saturday said Pakistani expatriates had every right to take part in the general elections of the country.

Rejecting the notion that the dual-nationals were being allowed to contest the elections just to facilitate him, the SAPM tweeted that there were ten million overseas Pakistanis, contributing to the country’s development massively.

He made these remarks while responding to the allegation of senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Ahsan Iqbal.  “Do not get scared and defensive just because your space in politics is shrinking,” the SAPM said, adding that over ten million overseas Pakistanis were contributing to the economy Pakistan. “They have every right to participate in elections. You and your party should stop being anti-overseas Pakistanis,” he tweeted.

“Do not worry, this is not about me, I will contest elections with Pakistani Passport just to make you happy,” he added to his tweet, while chiding the PML-N leader for his remarks.