LONDON: Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan is playing an exemplary role in the Afghan Peace Process. The world community should also ensure unconditional support for the crisis-ridden people of Afghanistan.
The previous governments of Pakistan did not strengthen the institutions but the present government is pursuing a policy of strengthening the institutions and practical steps are being taken for this. Cases have not been decided in Pakistani courts for years, but reform in persecution and police is the greatest need of the hour, which must be given full attention.
Ch. Mohammad Sarwar said; “I am bound by the party policy. The party asked me to become the Governor of Punjab, which I accepted, but I will participate in the next election, InshAllah. The Overseas Commission is working efficiently to resolve the problems of Punjab and Overseas Pakistanis”.
He was addressing a reception given by Pakistan High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan during his visit to UK and talking to the media here on Monday.
In response to questions from journalists, Governor Mohammad Sarwar said that I was working as a senator in 2018. When Prime Minister Imran Khan and the party leadership decided to make me the governor. As a party member I accepted the decision of the party but now I have decided to participate in next general election.
He said that the people have given a mandate to PTI Government to rule for five years and InshaAllah the PTI government will complete its constitutional duration and the general elections in the country will be held in 2023.Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that Punjab government is working on police reforms, there came a delay but PTI government promises that we will bring police reform and people will get justice in police stations.
Governor Sarwar said that I had been side-lined after giving the prestigious portfolio of Governor of Punjab. “If would have given any practical portfolio, would have delivered the goods. Our tragedy is that we follow the personalities but don’t stable the institutions”.
Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that I’m glad that around 2 dozen Pakistanis are in Parliament today in British politics and are making efforts for Pakistan. Afghanistan and other issues are in front of everyone. At present Pakistan is facing many challenges which everyone must work together to overcome. The role Pakistan has played in the Afghan peace process is appreciated by all and there is no doubt that war is not the solution, problems can always be solved through dialogue. Even today, we believe that leaving the Afghan government alone is not in the best interest of the world. The world must provide unconditional aid to Afghanistan.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that practical work is being done for the protection of minorities in Pakistan. Wherever there is any injustice with minorities, government organizations take strict notice. The protection of life and property of minorities is ensured and in accordance with the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, religious freedom as well as provision of all facilities is being ensured to all minorities living in Pakistan.
In reception event, Lord Nosheena Mubarak, Baroness Syeda Warsi, Lord Qurban Hussain, Lord Wajid Khan, MPs Afzal Khan, Muhammad Yaseen, Anum Qaiser Javed, Rehman Chishti, PTI’s member Aneel Mussarat, Sahibzada Jehangir, Vice Chairman Overseas Punjab Commission Makhdum Tariq, Naeem Tariq, Deputy Lord Mayor Glasgow Hanif Raja, Chaudhry Aslam, Tahir Inam Sheikh, Muhammad Sultan, Mian Naveed, Mirza Amin, Ishtiaq Chaudhry, some others including businessman Choudhary Mohammad Sadeeq were present.
Reserve seats for overseas Pakistanis
in National, provincial assemblies
Meanwhile, addressing a reception in Birmingham, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar while suggesting reserved seats for Overseas Pakistanis in the National and Provincial Assemblies said that in addition to the right to vote, overseas Pakistanis should also be represented in the Assemblies through special seats. He said, in Azad Kashmir, the number of seats reserved for overseas Pakistanis should be increased.
The Governor Punjab on Monday called on Lord Mayor Mohammad Afzal, Councillor from Birmingham Wasim Zafar, Mohammad Idrees, Fahim Kayani, Chaudhry Mahmood, Councillor Zafar Iqbal, Chaudhry Najeeb, and overseas Pakistanis and discussed various issues including the solution of the problems of Overseas Pakistanis and the politics of Overseas Pakistanis in the UK.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that the PTI government as promised, gave overseas Pakistanis the right to vote but I think in addition to giving the right to vote, reserved seats in the National and Provincial Assemblies should be reserved for overseas Pakistanis so that they can be a part of important decisions in the country, including legislation, and it will definitely help solve the problems of overseas Pakistanis in a better way.
He said that Overseas Pakistanis must participate in the politics of Pakistan but at the same time they must participate in the politics of the countries where they live. There was a time when Pakistanis were doing politics in Europe more actively than Indians but this is not the case today. In order to increase Pakistan’s influence in European countries, it is necessary for Pakistanis to be active in the politics of United States, European countries along with the United Kingdom, and apart from local bodies, take part in elections there as well. InshAllah, when all Pakistanis unite and enter into politics, victory will be their destiny.
Governor Punjab while appreciating the role of Overseas Pakistanis in Pakistan’s economic development, said that I have been working for 20 years to solve the problems of Overseas Pakistanis and to strengthen them and the doors of the Governor House are open 24 hours for the solution of their problems and the Overseas Commission Punjab is also working day and night to solve the problems of Overseas Pakistanis and Overseas Pakistanis will never be left alone.
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Mohammad Afzal entitled Chaudhry Sarwar as the representative of overseas Pakistanis and said that the entry and success of Governor Punjab, the first in the Britain politics has inspired the Pakistanis and today, dozens of Pakistanis are successfully progressing in British central and local government politics.
He said Governor Punjab, who has always been fighting for the rights of overseas Pakistanis, has also played a significant role in giving the right to vote to overseas Pakistanis. We also appreciate the suggestion of Chaudhry Sarwar for reserved seats in Pakistan’s National and Provincial Assemblies for Overseas Pakistanis.