PM tasks committee to resolve issues of Pakistanis working in Gulf countries 

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the well-being of overseas Pakistanis, especially those employed as workmen and labourers is the top priority for the government.

Presiding over a briefing of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development Division here, he said that labourers working abroad are a precious asset of the country.

He directed the ministry to develop a strategy for maximum utilisation of job opportunities in Gulf countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

He constituted a committee headed by special assistant Zulfiqar Bukhari, which will present its recommendations for resolution of the issues being faced by overseas Pakistanis.

The committee in collaboration with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would also determine the process for sending foreign remittances by overseas Pakistanis so that remittances could be legally sent into the country.

Imran Khan directed for the appointment of Board of Governors in the concerned ministry and its attached department on the basis of merit and professionalism.

He also directed for ensuring strict safety measures for the workmen and labourers working in industrial units. The meeting decided in principle to shift the Community Welfare Attaches deputed in Pakistani embassies to those countries abroad where the population of overseas Pakistanis is more concentrated.