OPF disburses Rs 2.46b among expatriate families


Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) on Monday disbursed Rs 2.46 billion among the legal heirs of deceased and disabled overseas Pakistani.

While talking to a delegation of overseas Pakistanis, OPF Managing Director (MD) Iftikhar Hussain Babar said that OPF had recovered all dues and compensation amounts from various countries and disbursed it amongst the expatriate families.

“OPF Welfare and Special Initiatives Division has been vigorously pursing the dues and compensation cases lying with the overseas employers through Pakistani missions abroad and facilitates them with relevant documents required under law to materialise the claims of deceased and disabled Pakistani workers who had served there,” he added.

The MD said that Rs 136.248 million was disbursed among 115 legal heirs of the deceased overseas Pakistanis from January to June 2013.

Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Secretary Munir Qureshi said that the role of OPF has been made more effective by strengthening monitoring system in the organisation to meet the needs of Pakistani expatriates who have been contributing billions of US dollars every year for the economy of Pakistan.

“The nature of dues and compensation cases are in terms of salary, insurance and blood money, which are payable to the legal heirs under the law of hosts countries and foreign service agreement,” he maintained.

While giving a precise briefing, OPF Welfare Executive Director Muhammad Yar Khan Buttar informed that 10,565 dues and compensation cases have been registered with Welfare and Special Initiatives Divisions since 1982, out of which 3,876 have been settled while 6,689 cases are under process. He said that a number of formalities are required to mature the claims, for which the OPF is in touch with Pakistani Missions as well as applicants and moreover instructions have been given to expedite the process for settling of these cases.