LAHORE – A delegation of Overseas Pakistanis called on Pakistan Muslim League President and former prime minister Senator Chaudhry Shujat Hussain at his residence here and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to him for rendering valuable services and taking historical measures for expatriates during his tenure.
Shujat said that services of expatriates for promoting positive image of Pakistan were highly commendable, whether it was a matter of boosting foreign exchange reserves or contesting case of Pakistan at the international level, voice of Overseas Pakistanis has always been very prominent. “Overseas Pakistanis feel the effect of any crisis in Pakistan, they have never been ignorant about situation back at home,” he said.
He said that all Pakistanis in Europe and elsewhere in the world were one nation and as such only slogan of Pakistan should be raised there over and above politics. He told the delegation members that they were the identity and ambassadors of Pakistan. Lord MK Pasha, Sajeel Kiyani, Mushtaq Awan, Ch Parvez Iqbal Lohsar, Abdullah Butt, Nadeem Butt, Haji Ghulam Khan, Mian Asad Pagganwala, Mohammad Rafi Khan, Haroon Rashid Ghumman and Shafqat Ali Raza were included in the delegation. Former Punjab Education minister Imran Masood was also present on this occasion.
Shujat asked whether the convention organised by the Punjab government was only for Overseas Pakistanis from Punjab. “What message has been given to other provinces through this step through this convention,” he said. He also said that safeguarding the properties of expatriates was also very much essential, Supreme Court was making effective headway in this matter, the government should also seriously consider their problems.
The delegation members said that they had come to Pakistan at the invitation of the Punjab government but instead of solving the problems of Overseas Pakistanis, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif kept remembering the entertainment he had enjoyed from naan-kabab receptions.