LONDON:Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Development Zulfiqar Bukhari has said that the government was committed to facilitating the overseas Pakistanis and foreign investors in order to bring prosperity in the country.
He said this while addressing the participants during an Eid dinner hosted in his honour by senior PTI leader Romi Malik at Nayab Restaurant in London.
The event was attended by Sahibzada Jehangir Khan UKPCCI President Amjad Khan, Mian Wahidur Rehman, Asad Shah, Tahira Butt, Aisha Malik, Shahid Mirza, Sajid Khan, Faisal Khawaja, Muslim Sheikh Sarbuland and others.
Zulfiqar Bukhari said due to the prudent and business-friendly investment policies of the government, the country has witnessed a huge inflow of foreign direct investments coming from different countries including Egypt, Malaysia and Qatar. “Nine prominent businesses would come to Pakistan to explore investment opportunities by the end of this month,” he stated.
The PM’s assistant said international business leaders want to make huge investments in Pakistan, as they know that “an honest, transparent and business-friendly leader was ruling the country and their investments to be fully protected and facilitated”.
Bukhari said Pakistan offered tremendous investment opportunities with high returns. He urged the British Pakistanis to take optimum benefit from the opportunities for their own benefit as well as for the socio-economic prosperity of Pakistan.
He invited the UK investors to explore Pakistan’s information technology sector, urging them to establish their industries in special economic zones.
Owing to the wrong policies of the PML-N government, Pakistani exports remained stagnant for years, he deplored, adding that the prudent policies of the present government helped the exports increase during the last eight months. He lauded Advisor to Prime Minister for Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood for his efforts in this regard.
Bukhari said efforts were being made to include the chairs of all overseas chambers in the board of Overseas Pakistani Foundation and engage them in the development process of the country.
He said the government was taking a number of measures for the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, including the establishment of overseas courts. During the last eight months, many property-related cases of overseas Pakistanis have been resolved, he claimed.
Bukhari said overseas Pakistani police station was being established in Sector F-6/3 of Islamabad to facilitate the expats, adding that similar police stations would be set up across the country to ensure speedy redressal of complaints.
He said in July this year, he plans to visit the United States and meet Pakistani and US investors.
“I will also visit Silicon Valley of the US to invite the tech leaders invest in Pakistan’s information technology sector,” he added.
On a query, he said the prime minister makes decisions after holding thorough discussions and after taking the members of the cabinet into confidence, adding that the government aims to transform Pakistan into an economically strong and a prosperous country.
Senior PTI leader and a close friend of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sahibzada Jehangir Khan narrated the prevailing situation in Pakistan and said that undoubtedly, there are challenges but the government under the dynamic leadership of Imran Khan.
Hailing the investment-friendly policies of the PTI government, Amjad Khan on the occasion said this was the right time to invest in Pakistan. “The UKPCCI and its members are keen to invest and take benefit from the opportunities in Pakistan.” Others who spoke were including Zahid Raja, Munir Ahmed, Riaz Hasan, Qaiser Choudhry,Abid Nauman, Basit Shah, Khalid Anjum. Irfan Raja recited the Holy Qura’n.