Overcharging expats for NICOP Senate body seeks report from OPF


Tariq Virk

A Senate body on Thursday asked the Overseas Pakistani Foundation (OPF) to tender a report over the matter of overcharging expats for their Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) membership cards and National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

The Senate body was told that expats were being charged Rs2, 000 for an OPF membership cards while Rs12, 000 was being charged for a NICOP.

The Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis met in the Parliament House under the chair of Senator Hilalur Rehman and discussed the matter of overcharging the expats for provision of identity and membership cards.

The Senate body also directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Pakistanis to probe into the matter of expats apprehended in Tanzania.

Senator Faiz Muhammad said that the jailed expats had illegally immigrated to Tanzania and were caught shortly thereafter. A report from the ministry over the repatriation of the expats has been sought.

Senator Chaudhry Sarwar said that there was need for OPF schools to take up religious education.

He emphasised that since it was a pivotal part of the local curriculum, therefore, Islamic education needed to be assimilated into the OPF curriculum being taught at schools abroad.

The committee, agreeing with Sarwar, put out a recommendation for all OPF schools for inclusion of Islamiat into their curriculums.

Meanwhile, the Senate body constituted a sub-committee to review the tabled Companies Profit Amendment Bill 2018.

The bill was tabled by Senators Sassi Palijo and Giyan Chand.

Secretary Minsitry of Finance said that that Companies Profit Amendment Bill 2018 issue is sub-judice, so after the court decision, committee could give any direction to it.

However, Senator Chand said that bill issue was not sub-judice; instead of delaying tactics, the committee should amend the bill.

Committee chairman Rehman constituted a three-member sub-committee for reviewing bill comprising Senators Palijo, Muhammad Ali Shah Jamot and Shaheen Khalid.

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