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Event Title: The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development

Event Date: 2019-11-08

The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development in its meeting on Friday, discussed in detail issues of licensing, rejection of post-graduate medical degrees in Saudi Arabia, human trafficking cases forwarded to FIA by the Ministry and Pakistan Real Estate Investment and Management Company Private LimitedThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs also provided details of imprisoned Jungle Migrants Camp at Vuejak site Bosnia (Herzegovina).  

Chaired by Senator Hilal-ur-Rehman, the meeting was attended by Senator Najma Hameed, Senator Nighat Mirza, Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt, Senator Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Senator Naseebullah Bazai and senior officers from the Ministry for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, EOBI, FIA, PRIMACO along with all concerned. 

While taking up the issue of issuance of licenses for overseas employment, the Committee was informed that at present there are more than 2246 Overseas Employment Promoters (OEPS) in the country.  The licenses are renewed based on their performance and as per given criteria.  Reasons for cancellation include, extracting money from intending emigrants for overseas jobs, non-resolution of emigrants complaints, misconduct or violation of Emigration Ordinance and fake overseas man power demand. 

The Committee was of the view that mass awareness campaigns must be pursued to ensure that all emigrants are aware of their rights and they know whom to contact in time of need. 

While taking up the issue of human trafficking, the Committee directed FIA that it would like details of the 400 referred cases. It directed that details must be submitted must be submitted to the Committee by Monday and that the relevant officer must sit together with Additional Director General or Director General FIA and must formulate a mechanism for this purpose. 

Discussing details of the issue of imprisoned jungle migrant’s camp at Vuejak site in Bosnia, the Committee was informed that most of these migrants did not wish to return. However, IOM ensures the return of those that voluntarily opt to come back.  The Committee directed the Ministry to contact the Bosnian Embassy and check what can be done to bring back all Pakistanis that wish to return.  Chairman Committee, Senator Hilal-Ur-Rehman recommended that a telephonic update on this matter by Tuesday.  The total number of migrants in this camp is 10000, out of which 4000 are Pakistani nationals.