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Siraj proposes reserve seat quota for overseas Pakistanis

Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq has stated that the government should reserve seats in the parliament for overseas Pakistanis.

“Expatriates should elect their representatives from within the community instead of casting votes to those candidates who are contesting from Pakistan and unaware of issues and problems being faced by the ones overseas,” Siraj proposed the formula while addressing the Pakistani community in Qatar’s capital Doha on Saturday.

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He also demanded the government withdraw taxes on Roshan Pakistan account, and [through] a personal phone call by an overseas to his/her family in Pakistan.

Siraj regretted that the working community in many cases was deprived of their wages and they were not provided legal aid by the concerned embassies to get their rights from employers. Similarly, he said, the Pakistani community was not being provided different facilities promised to them as per the law.

The Pakistani embassies should ensure full support and cooperation to the community, he said, adding it was the duty of the government to protect the rights of those who provided life to the country’s economy.

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Meanwhile, JI Information Secretary Qaisar Sharif said Siraj would return to Pakistan on Saturday night and address the JI youth’s long march in Islamabad on Sunday. He said the long march would be historic as thousands of unemployed youth were participating in it. The participants, he said, would remind the prime minister of his promise of providing them 10 million jobs.



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