Role of overseas Pakistanis in the development of Pakistan 147

Dear friends

Asslam O Alaikum

Current prevailing situation in our beloved country is a matter of concern for all of us, political unrest, energy crises, declining foreign exchange reserves, out flow of investments and above all, alarming increase in violence are posing a real threat to economic and social stability in Pakistan.

Our problems are deep rooted and require a lot of struggle and hardship to overcome. Here I want to start some discussions about the problems our country is facing and how we can help to overcome these problems. I have noticed that many knowledgeable Pakistani friends do visit this site frequently. I would like to take this opportunity to invite them to take part in these discussions and oblige us. I myself am not highly educated and expert Pakistani but I am sure that a lot of visiting friends do have the ability and expertise to participate and share their views with other friends. I can reserve a separate domain for this purpose but let us start from here first.

First of all let us discuss about the role of overseas Pakistanis in the development of Pakistan, how we can help to bring progress and prosperity in Pakistan.

God bless you all.

Best Regards



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147 thoughts on “Role of overseas Pakistanis in the development of Pakistan

  • Mohammad Wahib Yousaf

    I just read a statement by Analyst Ikram Sehgal. In it, he says that the Pakistani leaders are a bunch of “comeback kids”, and that the young politics students in Pakistan “have not learned any lessons”.

    Whenever you look at a country, and it has problems that give the impression of never being irradicated, people say: ‘This is…’ In Pakistan, there’s always been cycles of dictatorship, poverty, corrupt politics, wasting taxpayers’ money, unfinished and de-commissioned regeneration projects like abandoned housing and construction areas, half-tarred roads, no traffic co-ordination, sub-standard education systems, no welfare systems and literally no comprendable ‘intelligence’ agencies.

    It was only a week or two ago that Sri Lankan cricketers were attacked on our soil. When I look at the crumbling, unstable situation of this country, compared to the West. I can’t help thinking… T.I.P…This Is Pakistan.

    In order to rejuvenate this land in the eye’s of it’s creator, Allah-Taalah, and the founder Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, there needs to be equal rights, welfare to all citizens in need of help, an audit system to keep checks on where government money is going, a proper modern (western) health organisation, a ‘Transport Sector’ of the government to clean up the roads, build safe junctions and crossings, enforce speed limits,…..essentially…

    Essentially, Pakistan needs to revive its youth by westernising while maintaining the ‘Freedom of Religion’ that its founder envisaged. I hope I have inspired and opened minds and hearts on this.

  • taariq M. hassan

    Pakistan was doomed from 1947. Now it is in a complete tailspin.
    Give the area west of the Indus river to Iran and Afghanistan . India should take the rest back and introduce martial law until the nutters with guns and beards are sorted out.
    When, not If, the Taliban take over Pak. there will refugees who once ran from India in 1947 to PK ; running back to India
    The irony is amazing.
    . The two nation theory is rubbish. We are all desi and want the basics in Life. Pak . as a state has failed on every basic level providing its people with a future. Religion is a personal matter ,it is not a state matter nor should countries be divided by race, religion or even hairstyles.

  • Aftab Hussain

    Dear Friends,
    Before we can even discuss about making any meaningful investments in Pakistan and or attarct oversees investments one cannot dispute the fact that the criminal laws in Pakistan are very laxed.  Crmminals walk the streets freely without any fears or repurcussions and go about their daily lives of hurting innocent people.  I believe that all of would agree that personal safety is a major concern for anyone residing in Pakistan or for that matter any part of the world.  If one feels that his life and the life of his loved ones is not safe then he or she would be reluctant to live their let alone make an investment.  So before we even talk about making any investments in the country I think we need to talk about how and we can do to change the crimminal penal code in the state of Pakistan and to conform with the curren dire situation in the country.  I believe it is time that a movement should start independent from any political party at the grass roots level and forcefully, yet peacefully, lobby the provincial government and then the federal governmentt to our stated cause.  All peaceful means should be utilized, such as the media, colleges and universities, word of mouth and peaceful campaigns to change the crimminal laws, close loopholes, bring laws up to date and make punishment for crimminal activities fit the crime.  I sincerely believe that if such a movement were to be organized from the grass roots level then within a short frame of time we will be successful.  I know we all would agree when I say this that investments would start pouring in if the investors were assured that their physical safety and their capital investment are in safe hand.

    Thank you! Please leave any comments, suggestions or ideas on what we can do to organize such a movement against the corrupted laws of the country.

    Aftab Hussain 

  • ansar kazmi

    Dear friends,

    We as a group of people living in Saudi Aarabia, Jeddah providing assistance to students who completes their secondary level education in Saudi Arabia and their parents wants them to go back in pakistan and complete the remaining parts.

    Our problems here that most of universities and good institutions are not giving attention to us and they ask huge amount from the parents for the admission which is very difficult for them to handle it.

    We are first Institute to provide services to our Pakistanis on very low rates and make our maximum efforts to get admission for them.

    Our request is to Higher Education Department/Ministry to help us a Overseas Center to send more and more students to Pakistan rather than they decided to go any other country which is lost to pakistan.

    Other universites, Institutes gives us discount/commission on sending them students and they feel very happy to receive them. But out pakistanis institutions feels burden and openly say No place for them and alternatively most of the partents decides to take their children to other countries, like Malaysia, Phillipine,UK, India etc.



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  • Overseas Post author

    Dear Friends

    More than one year ago when I decided to setup this blog site, my primary aim was to provide a platform to overseas Pakistani friend where they could communicate with each other to discuss and find solutions to their problems. Although this blog site has become very popular within a short period of time but the basic purpose for which this site is meant, is still missing.

    Being away from our homeland we face many difficulties, we need to know about educational institutions of good repute for the education of our kids, we need to know about safe investment opportunities, available in our country, and so on. There is a lot of information we are always looking for.

     By sharing our knowledge and experiences about different matters of mutual interest, we can be of great help to each other.

    Moreover, we have to do something for the betterment of our country but the problem is that our governments are inefficient and do not understand that by motivating overseas Pakistanis to invest in Pakistan, they can overcome most of the financial problems, Pakistan is facing today. At individual level, most of the people want to do something good for their country but do not see any opportunities to help Pakistan. By discussing these matters in detail, we can find ways to help ourselves as well as our beloved country.

    All the overseas friends are invited to indulge themselves in the discussions by asking questions and answering to the questions from others.

    Best regards to all

    • Noreen Haider

      I am running an organization for the education of underprivilaged children.

      After the devastating earthquake of 2005 in AJK anf the Northern areas of Pakistan I worked in AJK for one and a half years.

      I found a trust there by the name of Sawera Foundation which was running schools for orphans.The Sawera (meaning dawn and light)Foundation Trust has been running the schools for twelve years. It mostly relays on charity and philanthropy from Pakistan and other parts of the world and the schools were doing well but the worst possible tragedy occurred in the shape of the 2005 earthquake which totally devastated the whole northern region of Kashmir and NWFP in Pakistan.
      The schools were demolished and twenty nine students died under the collapsed buildings. After the earthquake the brave and courageous children and staff have picked up the pieces and the schools started running again in makeshift tents and then temporary shelters soon after the earthquake. But even after three years of the disaster the children are still studying in temporary shelters. Because of the massive disaster the funding to the school has dried up and it is becoming increasingly difficult to continue the quality education of our children in severe financial crunch.
      However despite all this we have the mission to provide the best possible education and better opportunities to all our beautiful children studying in three schools because these are not ordinary children. They are our heroes. These are the bravest, most courageous young people and a source of inspiration to us. They have seen and gone through some of the worst possible crisis in life one could imagine but have braved on. I salute these great human beings and young heroes.

      After the earthquake of 2005 I have developed a bond with them and since then have continued to help them in everyway I can for their continued education. These are children of victims of the conflict between India and Pakistan in that region. Most of them have lost one or both parents and live in camps. I have continued to write about them through the year and my latest article about them, “country roads take me home” has been published in News recently and you can access it at
      It has been extensively reproduced in many newspapers around the world. Please do find time to read it.

      I want to start a comprehensive programme for the continued education, welfare and sustainable livelihood of their families. If any overseas Pakistani organization is interested in helping with the education of these children do contact me at

      • alamhashmi

        @Noreen Haider, dear nice to hear that u are doing a lot good for the children of the Pakistan.. i m running a NGO who is responsible of providing the electricity to the far flung areas and if u need any assistance i can do something for ur school please do let me know

  • Overseas Post author

    Azim Sahib
    I very much agree with you that our main problem in Pakistan is education and awareness of the masses. At the same time I strongly believe that with the emergence of independent electronic media, we are on the fast track in educating our nation and unlike Europeans whom it took centuries to reach that stage, we shall achieve these goals within ten years time. Despite all the unrest, bloodshed and inequality in our society, there is a lot of hope at the end of the tunnel. Our individual as well as collective efforts to achieve these goals have a lot of importance and that is what this website is aimed at. Once again I request the visiting friends to share the responsibility of spreading knowledge and awareness by participating in useful discussions.
    God bless you all

  • azim

    I read all 23 comments. Every body has different ideas.

    We on the downfall because of lack of education.

    I have seen. One person living in Englad. He is rich and his blood brother in Lahore is a poor person and can not afford expanses of education of his children. To help Pakistan, you must determine yourself to help educate the children of your relatives in Pakistan. Do help them get their higher study. You will feel satisfaction. If so do for non relatives also.

    In this way we can help Pakistan. Corrupted leaders come because the people are not educated.Don’t blame leaders. Blame people and you are one of the people.

  • M Farooq

    HI every one

    Well, there is no point just to talk and blame corrupt politicians. We have to work together in order to restore the self respect and honour of a Pakistani. I think we should support Imran Khan, for his clear stand, cause, and vision. Please Join Pakistan tehreek e insaaf. We need to fulfil a target of 5000 oversease members who could support PTI and run a campaign within their community.
    the website is and for the overseas pakistanis living in UK, the website is please come forward and join PTI


    Patriotism of Pakistanis could be tested any where in the world by asking them to help their country in rainy days but what about super class of people (richest fuedals, industrialists, drug lords and above all the politicians who successfully run the highly profitable business of politics in the Pakistan. An estimated rate of profit in Pakistani politics is 1000 to million per cent, details can be calculated by politicians increasing wealth. Majority of Pakistanis living abroad are labor class and highly skilled professional. No body give them money for nothing. They have to work hard for it. Some of them are businessmen who also work very hard to earn their fortune. There is no favor or nepotism in open markets of the world. After all these hard work they should give money to the country because few people of super class have taken country wealth abroad. I have lived and worked in Middle East and visited Europe and now living in USA for last 10 years, I found average Pakistan more patriotic that upper class of the country. We are ready to come forward again and will help/ invest in the country but this upper class should be stopped to taking national wealth abroad and participate accordingly in saving and investing in the country. At present two richest group of politician in power, they should provide the biggest share instead of going for begging to the rich nations. The richest nations are not rich by begging but by hard work. The upper class should go and observe how hard Chinese are working, come to USA and observe how people work and live here.The government of Pakistan should imediatly issue foreign currency investment bond offering good rate of return still better than IMF and world Bank, We Pakistanis abroad will buy with their savings and it will be a great help. The bonds should be gaureneted by international authorities The editor of Pakistan Times is a talented lady who invite us to write these comments. Pray for the country where majority population is helpless in front of few exploiters of supper class of rich politicians and defense forces have no choice but to defend them in the system. All the best. KHWAJA AFTAB ALI, Advocate & I.P. Attorney, presently residing in Florida state of USA.