The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was held on Thursday. Presided over by Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman; the meeting was attended by Senator Syed Muhammad Sabir Shah, Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Najma Hameed, Senator Samina Saeed, Senator Dr. Shahzad Waseem and senior officers of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (MOP&HRD) along with all concerned.
The Committee deliberated over the implementation status of the recommendations that it had made in the meeting held on 9th August and 2nd October, 2018. It also reviewed details of jobs announced by the Qatari Government for Pakistan, status of OPF schools with regard to building and staff and establishment of two High Schools and one Polytechnic Institutes in District Zhob, Balochistan.
The Committee recommended that number of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) educational institutions be increased to cater to children of repatriating families from Saudi Arabia due to recent tax crisis.
The Committee was informed that OPF has 24 educational institutions across the country including AJK and that priority is being given to children of overseas Pakistanis. Quality and standard of education of OFP Institutions is evident from overall results. In 2012 to 2018 two students of OPF Schools secured 1st positions in Board Examinations. Out of a total of 1258 students, 401 secured A+ Grades. Regarding the issue of religious education of children in OPF schools, the Committee was informed that all 24 OPF Schools provide Islamic education. Besides this, it was asserted that the 2017 Quran Act is implemented as well.
While discussing land disputes of overseas Pakistanis, the Committee was informed that the Ministry plans to formulate new laws to tackle the issue. This matter however, currently pertains to provincial governments. The Government is devising some plan along with provincial governments to resolve this issue.
Regarding announcement of 100,000 jobs by the Qatari Government, the Committee was informed that the MOP&HRD is making all out efforts to convince the Ministry of Labour of Qatar to provide the remaining quota of announced jobs to Pakistanis as early as possible. In order to facilitate recruitment from Pakistan; it was revealed that the a ‘Qatari Visa Centre” will be established.