PM Imran announces special package for overseas Pakistanis


Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is planning a special package of incentives for overseas Pakistanis by removing “procedural hurdles” in banking channels, resolving immigration issues, and protecting their property from land mafias.

In a series of tweets, PM Imran announced that the government was planning a series of reforms for the benefit of overseas Pakistanis.

“Had an extensive meeting this morning on Overseas Pakistanis. We are going to announce a special package of incentives to encourage them to send remittances through banking channels by removing all hindrances & procedural issues. The Philippines did this successfully.”

PM Imran claimed that after the removal of “hindrances”, Pakistan will be able to “increase remittance flows from $20 bn to at least $30bn & perhaps even $40 bn through banking channels”.

“We are also moving to remove the hassles that Overseas Pakistanis confront at immigration when they come to Pakistan. Our Missions abroad have also been directed to look after and deal effectively with the concerns of our Overseas Pakistanis,” he added.

He added that the government was looking into methods to ensure that properties belonging to those who live abroad can be protected and do not become a victim of land mafias.

Earlier on October 10, the prime minister had said that the country wouldn’t have to knock on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) door if the government managed to convince overseas Pakistanis to send $20 billion in remittances through banking channels.