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Govt may give vote right to Pak expats

The government is likely to give right of vote to million of Pakistani expatriates in the upcoming general elections.

Well-informed official sources told TheNation on Sunday that the government has already asked the Ministry of Law and Justice to take necessary steps in this regard.

This move is being taken following the remarks of Chief Justice of Pakistan who last month had said that overseas Pakistanis should be given the right to vote.

The Chief Justice had made these historical remarks while hearing a constitutional petition at the Supreme Court on October 30 filed by PTI PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), seeking preparation of electoral rolls after deleting the names of all the bogus voters.

Also, Farooq Sitar, the Federal Minister for Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, has also been very vocal to ensuring right of vote to the million of expatriates.

“Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis is working diligently to provide voting rights to millions of overseas Pakistanis. We have made it very clear to government that expats should be given right to vote in general Elections,” Dr Farooq Sitar was quoted as saying at a press conference in Islamabad last month.

Many believe that MQM leaders were trying to bag sympathies of millions of Pakistani expatriates by raising voice for their right of vote in the next general elections were almost over.

They argue, MQM has been part of the governments since 2000, however, they never raised voice for expats to get them right to cost vote. However, it was the Chief Justice of Supreme Court who remarked in favour of the expatriates.

courtesy: The Nation

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