Punjab govt to set up overseas police stations

overseas-pakistanis-commission-punjabBE2C2 Report; Jul 25, 2016 — With a view to swift redressal of grievances of expatriate Pakistanis, the Punjab government has decided to establish overseas police stations.

Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Commissioner Afzaal Bhatti said this while talking to an eight-member delegation of the Pakistan Press Club UK headed by its President Mobeen Chaudhary, said a press release issued on Sunday.

Bhatti said these police stations would be set up in those cities abroad where a large number of Pakistani Diaspora lives.

He also said that 76 seats have been allocated for children of overseas Pakistanis in medical colleges of the province.


Punjab, the largest province, has the largest number of its residents overseas (over 2.1 million), according to APP.


Bhatti said the OPC was playing a pivotal role in addressing issues being faced by overseas Pakistanis.

The delegation lauded the OPC initiative for formation of police stations overseas which will help solve the problems being faced by these expatriate Pakistanis in lodging their complaints, Online reports.

Punjab government is the only entity which has established a special Secretariat — OPC — a proactive initiative for its overseas residents.

OPC recently launched a roadshow and its delegation visited Saudi Arabia where the largest number of Pakistani expats work — 2.5 million as of December 2015, according to a report.

The delegation shared its success stories related to resolving its overseas residents’ cases of land and property grabbing, illegal occupation.

On the federal level, the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) provides various services to Pakistani expats including establishment of schools and residential neighborhoods for them in the country.


(Based on reporting by Online and Pakistan Today.)

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