PR No. 222 Islamabad

The Chairman OPF Board of Governors, Barrister Amjad Malik called on Federal Ombudsman Pakistan, Muhammad Salman Farooqi and discussed issues related to overseas Pakistanis including NADRA registration fee for issuance of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP), provision of Machine Readable Passport facility at Pakistani missions, issuance of character certificate to Pakistani expatriates and restoration of Mobile registration team’s visits to process NICO and other such issues being faced by Pakistani expatriates.

Barrister Malik briefed the Federal Ombudsman about problems being faced by overseas Pakistanis and informed that in UK Pakistani expatriates especially elder and disabled persons faced a lot of problems to get NICOP due to suspension of mobile registration service of NADRA. He further informed the Federal Ombudsman that the facility of Machine Readable Passport is not available at 26 Pakistani missions abroad which increased problems of Pakistani diasphora. He further maintained that overseas Pakistanis have to suffer due to delay in issuance of Character Certificate from Police authorities.

The Chairman appreciated efforts and initiatives taken by Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis Hafiz Ahsan Ahmad Khokhar for welfare of Pakistani expatriates. He hoped that prompt action on the part of Grievance Commissioner for overseas Pakistanis would help to decrease sufferings and problems being faced by overseas Pakistanis.

The Federal Ombudsman assured the Chairman that issues of overseas Pakistani will be solved on priority basis. Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis Hafiz Ahsan Ahmad Khokhar was also present in the meeting.