Right to vote for ex-patriots under consideration, Information Minister

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdos Ashiq Awan has said that the Govt. is considering legislation to grant right of vote to Pakistanis living abroad. She said that millions of Pakistanis living and working abroad were asset of Pakistan, that they were remarkably contributing to National Economy and that their role needs to be acknowledged.

She was speaking at an Award Ceremony here this evening. 14th of August Committee of Pakistani Community in Norway had announced Bridge Building Award for Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. Dr. Firdos received the award on behalf of the Prime Minister.

The Award had been announced in recognition of Prime Minister’s services for strengthening of democracy, promotion of human rights and his efforts for normalization of Indo-Pak relations, says a press release received here from Paris.

Speaking on the occasion, she elaborated the sacrifices offered and role played by Pakistan in International War on terror, steps being taken by the Govt. for the protection of rights of minorities in Pakistan, incentives being given for invest promotion, efforts of the Govt. for the uplift of less developed areas, Pakistan’s efforts for strengthening its economic relations with EU, Pakistan’s relations with China and the US and its steps for promoting inter-faith harmony.

She said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its trade and economic relations with Norway. She paid glowing tributes to 14th of August Committee of Oslo for building the bridges between Pakistani Community and the people of Norway.

Earlier, she met Vice Chairman of Norwegian parliament Per Kristian Foss, Dy. Foreign Minister of Norway and Conservative party opposition leader in Norwegian parliament Ms. Erna Solberg. She discussed with them matters of mutual interest pertaining to bi-lateral relations.

She also had a meeting with a representative group of businessmen from Federation of chambers of commerce of Oslo. She explained to them invest-friendly incentives being given to foreign investors by Pakistan. She emphasized that the losses suffered by Pakistani economy due to its role in war on terror demanded the international business community to invest liberally in Pakistan.

She also attended a colourful evening arranged by Pakistani community in Oslo aimed at introducing Pakistani culture, music and fashion. The members of Pakistani community and the citizens of Oslo largely attended and appreciated the ceremony.

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