Overseas Pakistanis Convention in New York
A Pakistan Link Report

Los Angeles, CA: A convention of Pakistani Americans will be held in New York on July 9 to help frame a comprehensive ‘Overseas Pakistanis Policy’ that could help provide an effective rapport between Islamabad and Pakistanis living outside the country.
This was stated by Mr Tariq Azim Khan, Minister of State for Labor, Manpower and Overseas Pakistanis while addressing prominent community members at the Beverly Hills Country Club on July 1.
The minister informed the gathering that participants in the July 9 convention will be drawn from all parts of the United States. They will aggregate 150 and deliberate over measures that could form recommendations for incorporation in the proposed policy. Similar conventions have already been held at Rome and London. It is also planned to organize such conventions in Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Far East.
Mr Tariq Azim Khan informed the gathering that PM Shaukat Aziz is deeply seized of the importance of overseas Pakistanis who as individuals as well as groups have acted in the past to contribute to the growth of Pakistan in various sectors. Their potential, however, has not been fully realized and the present government is keen to harness it fully.
The government has created a full-fledged division headed by a federal secretary to oversee the affairs of overseas Pakistanis who are much better positioned today than in the past. They are invested with educational and professional excellence as well as financial strength and are well poised to give a fillip to Pakistan’s growth. Overseas Pakistanis can contribute much more than making foreign exchange remittances. Their role in image building, transfer of technology, and investment growth is important and with sustained efforts overseas Pakistanis could produce tangible results as Chinese Americans and Indian Americans have done for their respective countries.
The Minister disclosed that the New York convention would also focus on issues confronting the Pakistani-American community. The Minister of State for Interior, Board of Investment Secretary, and a representative of the Information Ministry will especially fly from Pakistan to address the convention. Besides, officials of the US Homeland Security and the State Department will attend the convention and allay apprehensions, if any, of the Pakistani-American community. (Another report next week)


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