PM launches portal for overseas Pakistanis to get power of attorney

Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday launched an initiative for automation of power of attorney for overseas Pakistanis, saying it would help the diaspora in acquiring legal documents.

Addressing the launching ceremony of a portal, the prime minister said that it was a great pleasure yesterday after overseas Pakistanis were given right to vote.

He said that overseas Pakistanis are our biggest asset but unfortunately, their issues were not resolved in the past.

Imran Khan said that voting right to overseas Pakistanis provided through Wednesday’s legislation would not only enrich their importance but also enable them to keep a check on governments using their power of the vote.

“Every government will be compelled to value the overseas Pakistanis because (now) they can vote. When they will vote, they will elect a government which will ease their lives,” the prime minister added.

He said the legislation on the use of EVM in elections was also made possible as NADRA made it easier to ensure elections using the latest technology.

He recalled that the Election Commission in 2008 and a judicial commission in 2015 had also recommended the use of EVM to ensure holding a transparent election.

He viewed that in fact, those desiring to take advantage of the old system would never let the change come in. He also mentioned the resistance faced by the government from within the Utility Stores and FBR when it tried to automate their working to bring in transparency.

He told the audience that the EVMs were functional across the world and it could also address all of the election-related issues in Pakistan.

The prime minister said around 1.5 million votes were rejected in the last elections which could have been saved in the case of EVMs. The EVMs will also help to do away with the practices of fake votes, he added.

The prime minister said the incumbent government also called for an open ballot in the Senate election as a secret ballot involved huge money to buy the way into Senate.

The prime minister recalled that the process of developing the portal for digital verification of power of attorney was initiated after an overseas Pakistani from Greece highlighted the issue. He said earlier, around 75,000 expatriates had to travel to Pakistan for the purpose and go through a cumbersome process.

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