Veteran Pakistani politician Imtiaz Safdar Warraich has assured the Pakistani community in the UAE that he will raise the issue of voting rights for overseas Pakistanis to President Asif Ali Zardari.
Warraich, who was on a visit to raise funds for the flood victims in Sindh province of Pakistan, told the community that after the completion of his UAE visit he will submit a report to President Asif Ali Zardari with recommendations for the voting rights of overseas Pakistanis and issuance of passports with a validity of up to 10 years.
He made the announcement while addressing community members at a flood donation meeting arranged at the Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. He said that meeting the daunting challenges posed by the devastating floods on both socio-economic and human fronts is a huge undertaking and certainly beyond the capacity of any single nation.
He said that the PPP Punjab has contributed Rs20 million for the affected people and called upon all expatriates, Emiratis, welfare organisations and international community to come forward to support the flood relief efforts in Pakistan at this difficult time and contribute generously for the flood victims. It is high time that all expatriate Pakistanis, wherever they are in the world, get united and help their brothers and sisters in Pakistan, especially Sindh, in their hour of need, he added.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UAE Jamil Ahmed Khan also urged upon the Pakistani expatriate living in the UAE and all over world to come forward with their generous support for the brethren in this difficult hour.