LAHORE: Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Commissioner Syed Khadim Abbas says the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission is playing its effective role in solving the problems faced by Pakistanis overseas and that their property and rights are properly protected; he expressed these views while chairing a grievance meeting featured on the OPC web portal. The meeting was attended by Director of Police Imtiaz Ahmed Ali, Director of Administration Tanveer Majid, Director of Legal Raja Zubair, Director of Revenue Aslam Ramay, Deputy Director of Revenue Zulfiqar Bhoon and other officers.

The meeting reviewed in detail the applications submitted so far on the OPC web portal. Most of the complaints were about the police department, the revenue department, housing programs, the LDA, and the education department. Out of 28,095 complaints filed on the OPC’s web portal, 17,408 were resolved with an overall rate of 62%. The OPC Commissioner has ordered all bargaining agents to immediately resolve grievances raised by Overseas Pakistanis and to pay particular attention to applications containing original documents so that immediate assistance can be provided to complainants. He said the role of Overseas Pakistanis in the economic stability of the country has always been exemplary and they render valuable services to the country in the form of foreign currency.

Education policy measures: The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and the Working Group for Inclusive Education (WGIE) have noted with concern that the government is making public education in Punjab heavily laden with religious content and nomenclature, which alter the very character of school education in the province. A joint press release issued by Dr AH Nayyar and Peter Jacob on behalf of CSJ and WGIE lamented that instead of modernizing education based on creative and inquisitive learning, various policy measures introduced by the Punjab Assembly , the Governor of Punjab and the Department of Education suggest the aforementioned goals of the alleged policy will never materialize. The measures will place public education alongside seminary education and minority students will be discriminated against and psychologically pressured.

Cops relieved: As per the Federal Government’s notification, the Punjab government has relieved six BS-17 police officers from their duties in the provinces and ordered them to report the Settlement Division for further orders. The Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) posted the notification here on Wednesday. The police officers who have been relieved of their duties in Punjab are Muhammad Shoaib, Farhan Khan, Rohal Khan, Saleem Shah, Muhammad Azhar and Asif Raza.