Under the programme, a mobile application will be introduced and more remittance facilities will be extended to overseas Pakistanis besides provision of financial incentives.
Saudi Arabia, which bars direct travel from Pakistan, has only approved the AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. Anyone arriving without one of those shots is required to quarantine at a cost many Pakistani workers say they cannot afford.
A cross-section of Pakistani business community in the UAE and financial analysts shared their candid views with Gulf Today, adding that the budget is poor-friendly and growth focused.
Taking to Twitter, Imran Khan shared data of remittances and praised the overseas Pakistanis for their unparalleled love and commitment to the country.
Chairing a meeting on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the prime minister said overseas Pakistanis were an asset of the country and must be involved in the election process.
Remittances from overseas Pakistanis during December 2020 rose by 16.2 per cent year-on-year to $2.436 billion, compared to $2.097b in December 2019, clocking in above $2b mark for the seventh consecutive month, according to the latest data released by the State Bank of Pakistan.
PM Imran Khan was addressing a ceremony in Islamabad in connection with Roshan Digital Account crossing one billion dollars in deposits and launch of Roshan Apni Car and Roshan Samaaji Khidmat products.
“In my view, overseas Pakistanis should not only get the voting rights but should be allowed to be members of Parliament and Senate as well. No one can understand the problems of expats better than the overseas Pakistanis themselves. Their contribution towards uplifting the country’s economy is immense. Their services should be recognised,” Hans said.
"I will soon be launching the #FMPortal under #VisionFO thought leadership platform," Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a tweet.