ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said nine million overseas Pakistanis could be connected with Roshan Digital Accounts.
“Overseas Pakistanis are big assets and their role has been extremely crucial. The only way we have to economically survive is to tap the assets of overseas Pakistani, until our exports exceed our imports,” said PM Imran Khan while addressing Roshan Digital Account event in Islamabad.
He congratulated the State Bank of Pakistan over deposit of $1 billion remittances through Roshan Digital Programme, which provides non-residents the facility to open bank accounts in Pakistan.
He said unfortunately, Pakistan approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 20 times in 30 years. We had to approach the IMF because of less export and dollars, he maintained.
Imran Khan said overseas Pakistanis were those who had so far protected Pakistanis.
On efforts regarding roping in remittances, he said Shaukat Tarin for the first time in Pakistani history worked to bring remittances of overseas Pakistanis when he became the finance minister, and now for the second time an effort was being made in this regard.
He said the overseas Pakistani labourers were not being treated as they should have been treated by our embassies abroad. “I want to send this message to our embassies that their foremost responsibility is to cater to the issues of labour class,” he said.
The prime minister said his government was calling back staff of Pakistani embassy in Saudi Arabia for extorting and mistreating labourers. “They would not be sent back until inquiry into the report is completed,” he said.