MULTAN: British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew said here Friday that the friendship between the two countries would strengthen further in future.
While addressing a ceremony at Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) divisional office here, he said that Pakistan is a friendly country and the United Kingdom wanted it to get its due place in the comity of nations. He said that people of Pakistan are very hard working and they are the real strength of the country.
He added that women’s role is vital for strengthening society. He said that every woman wants her family become prosperous and children acquire higher education. He added that BISP Chairperson Marvi Memon was a competent woman working hard in pursuit of the objective. He declared the BISP as a good programme supporting destitute women and lauded the federal and provincial governments for taking steps for success of the programme.
He assured Britain’s support and cooperation for BISP and added that enabling kids of poor women go to school would brighten the future of Pakistan. Director Headquarters BISP Shabbir Akbar Zaidi and Divisional Director Multan Sheikh Noor Muhammad briefed the British High Commissioner about the BISP and said that financial assistance was being provided to poor and deserving women in a transparent manner.
They said that payment to BISP beneficiaries was being ensured through Pakistan Post, mobile phones, Sahoolat Card and Benazir Debit Card. They, however, added that due to some problems, Biometric Verification System (BVS) has been introduced to make the process more easy and beneficiaries can get financial assistance by appearing personally along with their computerised national identity cards (CNICs). The BVS has ensured that only the registered deserving person can get the payment.