LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that overseas Pakistanis are ambassadors of the country in the real sense and playing an important role in the strengthening of national economy.

He was talking to a delegation of overseas Pakistanis in London on Sunday. Commissioner Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab Afzaal Bhatti was also present on the occasion.

He said that overseas Pakistanis were actively working in medicine, engineering, science & technology, banking and all other sectors of life. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government is taking all out steps for the solution of the problems of overseas Pakistanis and an autonomous Overseas Pakistanis Commission has been set up in Punjab which playing an active role in this regard.

He said that setting up of Overseas Pakistanis Commission is a revolutionary step of Punjab government and it is making commendable efforts for addressing the complaints of overseas Pakistanis. He said that Punjab government has given constitutional status to the commission and it is being extended all out support while he personally reviews its performance on regular basis.

Talking to the delegation, the Chief Minister said that government is fully aware of the problems of Pakistanis living in other countries and Overseas Pakistanis Commission has been established to resolve their problems on priority basis. He said that under the commission, committees have also been formed at district level and are resolving the problems of overseas Pakistanis at local level.

The chief minister said that no one would be allowed to grab the properties of those who are earning foreign exchange for the country and solution of their problems is the responsibility of the government which will be discharged at any cost.

He said that Overseas Pakistanis Commission has been set up to save overseas Pakistanis from paying frequent visits to various offices for solution of their problems and it is a constitutional institution which is fully autonomous. He said that overseas Pakistanis can also register their complaints online and immediate action is taken on their complaints.

Shahbaz Sharif further said that Pakistanis living abroad are playing a key role in the strengthening of national economy and their services to the nation will always be remembered. He said that overseas Pakistanis raising the image of Pakistan in foreign countries through their hard work deserve all out respect and their interests will be safeguarded and no one will be allowed to grab their properties.

He said that Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab has been established to redress the grievances of Pakistani engineers, doctors, labourers and others working in different sectors. He said that all out measures will be taken to ensure respect to overseas Pakistanis and protection of their hard-earned money.

He said that through establishment of Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab the foundation of a new system has been laid which will ensure justice to overseas Pakistanis and protection of their rights. The members of the delegation paid tributes to CM Shahbaz Sharif and said that he has taken practical steps to resolve problems of overseas Pakistanis.

They said that establishment of Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab is a historic and commendable step of Punjab government and the commission is playing an important role in resolving the problems of Pakistanis living away from their country.

They said that by establishing Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has fulfilled longstanding demand of Pakistanis living in other countries.