LAHORE (APP) – A well reputed Overseas Pakistani Barrister Amjad Malik has been unanimously elected as Chairman of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF)’ Board of Governors (BoG).

He was elected in the 131st meeting of OPF, BoG which was held here on Wednesday under the Prior to this Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was the Chairman of the OPF, Board of Governors.

The Chairman, Barrister Amjad Malik said that Pakistani expatriates are playing vital role in improving the economy of the
country and they deserve special attention.

He said that provision of more facilities and resolution of problems being faced by overseas Pakistanis is the top most priority of the government. The Chairman vowed to make the Board more vibrant, effective and service oriented.

The Board of Governors of OPF has been reconstituted by the Prime Minister which comprises Minister of State for Privatization Muhammad Zubair, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Overseas and Human Resource Development, Khizar Hayat Khan, Managing Director, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, Habib ur Rehman Khan, Barrister Amjad Malik (UK), Capt. Shaheen Khalid (USA), Jehangir Minhas (AJK), Former Federal Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sahibzada Saeed Ahmed, Ch. Noor ul Hassan Tanvir (UAE), Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Irfan Yousaf Shami, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Haq Nawaz and Additional Secretary, Commerce Divison, Asad Hayauddin.

The Board appreciated the services rendered by the previous Board members including the contribution of the Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Pir Syed Saddarudin Shah Rashidi. During the meeting, the Board members were briefed about various welfare activities of OPF regarding provision of facilities to Pakistani expatriates and their dependents.

It was noted that overseas Pakistanis are an asset for Pakistan and their contribution to the economy of Pakistan, their role in the development of their host countries, their spirit of patriotism, their potential as Pakistani bridge to the outside world, make them uniquely placed as a stakeholder in the development and prosperity of Pakistan.

Accordingly, the present government attaches highest importance to address their concerns and to attract them to invest
in Pakistan. The government desired to use potential of Pakistani expatriates to promote positive image of Pakistan.