Islamabad, November 14, 2018 (PPI-OT): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari says that the motherland is calling out the Pakistani experts and intellectuals from all over the world. Addressing at the inaugural event of “Naya Pakistan Calling” web portal at Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) here in Islamabad, Mr. Bukhari said that this initiative is for “brain gain”. Overseas Pakistanis can send their CVs through this web portal on OPF website. He said that the potential candidates shall be involved in the strategic decision making in Federal and Provincial institutions.
Talking to the event participants, he mentioned that roughly 40 years ago China called in its countrymen from all over the world and gave them 6-12 months honorary contracts in public entities as per their expertise. These experts then helped in overhauling of departments, eventually taking China to where it is today. He said that our countrymen have never been approached like that. Mr. Bukhari said that our people want to contribute and there has been no mechanism to bring back Pakistani talent but now we have it. Zulfikar Bukhari appreciated the efforts of the OPF officials in the development of this web portal where overseas Pakistanis can get themselves registered and contribute towards the betterment of the motherland.
Prime Minister, Imran Khan in his inaugural address to the nation, invited notable overseas Pakistani professionals to contribute in the making of “Naya Pakistan”. This web portal is a platform for overseas Pakistanis to answer their Prime Minister’s call, he said. Mr. Bukhari reiterated that the Prime Minister has labelled overseas Pakistanis as a ‘National Asset’ that will help in contributing positively to the country’s economic growth and prosperity through their expertise and professional experience.
We are establishing an “Ownership Cell” in OPF that can be approached by Overseas Pakistanis who have already come back and want to serve the country, he said. He said that we are trying to facilitate overseas Pakistanis in every way. In the end, Mr. Bukhari said that we could not focus schooling and housing of overseas Pakistanis in the first 100 days but it is the very next agenda that we are going to pursue.
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