Six Pak­ista­nis from Oman join OPAC

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - Over­seas Pak­ista­nis Foun­da­tion (OPF) in its board meet­ing led by chair­man Board of Gov­er­nors (BoG) in Is­lam­abad, has ap­proved 20 nom­i­nees from nine coun­tries, in­clud­ing six from Oman, to the Over­seas Pak­ista­nis Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (OPAC).

Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Min­ster of Pak­istan’s vi­sion to pro­mote re­gional peace and na­tional in­te­gra­tion is dove­tailed by his stated pol­icy of ‘peace­ful neigh­bour­hood’ and ‘In­clu­sion of Over­seas Pak­ista­nis in Pol­icy For­mu­la­tion’, prac­ti­cally sub­stan­ti­ated with his pres­ence in the Mal­dives as chief guest on Na­tional Day co­in­cid­ing with OPF BoG pro­ceed­ings on OPAC.

Prime Min­is­ter’s ini­tia­tive has pro­vided an un­prece­dented im­pe­tus to ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal struc­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion of OPAC, pre­vi­ously re­stricted to four, now mus­ter­ing 137 over­seas Pak­ista­nis, a new BoG with a first-ever, elected chair­man in place of Min­is­ter for OPF.

UK-based chair­man of BoG Bar­ris­ter Am­jad Ma­lik high­lighted that Prime Min­is­ter deems Pak­istani ex­pa­tri­ates as roam­ing am­bas­sadors and ac­cords high­est pri­or­ity to them.

On this oc­ca­sion, the Am­bas­sador of Pak­istan in Oman H E Ali Javed has ex­tended fe­lic­i­ta­tions to Pak­istani com­mu­nity for se­cur­ing sub­stan­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion on OPAC and ac­knowl­edged sup­port of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Pak­istan, OPF and chair­man of BoG, OPF.

OPAC mem­bers from Oman in­clude Syed Muham­mad Rizvi, chair­man, Al Burkan Con­trac­tors; Mo­ham­mad Yaseen Bhatti, man­ag­ing part­ner, Stars Light; Mian Riaz, who es­tab­lished Mo- hammed Riaz & Part­ners, a build­ing ma­te­ri­als com­pany and Home Mart, whereas Bar­ris­ter Taimoor Ma­lik es­tab­lished Oman’s largest Law Firm ‘Cur­tis Mal­let-Prevost, Colt & Mosle’, in 2014.

OPAC also in­cludes Chaud­hary Ashraf and Syed Fayyaz Shah, who at­tained Omani na­tion­al­i­ties, with Ashraf es­tab­lish­ing Bea­con House School in Oman in ad­di­tion to his Trad­ing Com­pany whereas Shah has es­tab­lished ‘Abu Reem Trad­ing’ in Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion.

The chair­man of BoG vis­ited Oman on April 12 and met with the en­tire spec­trum of Pak­istani Com­mu­nity. On July 2, he hosted a re­cep­tion for OPAC nom­i­nees in Is­lam­abad. OPAC mem­bers will serve a ten­ure of three years with man­date to ren­der­ing ad­vice on pol­icy for­mu­la­tion, re­lay sen­ti­ments of Pak­ista­nis and project soft power of Pak­istan.

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