We will do whatever it takes to help restore the democratic rights for Overseas Pakistanis at every forum: Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui

The concerns of Overseas Pakistanis will soon be communicated to the legal corridors and the Pakistani Parliament.

Communication & Media Cell: Washington DC, October 8th 2012; Patron In-chief MQM North America, Dr.  Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui held highly important meeting to discuss the issue of barring of voting rights for overseas Pakistanis. The meeting was attended by Patron MQM North America Ibad Rehman, Central Organizer MQMUSA Junaid Fahmi, Joint Organizers Arshad Hussain & Nadeem Siddiqui, chapter in-charges, office bearers and the members of the Central Organizing Committee.

Addressing to the participants Dr. Siddiqui said that barring overseas Pakistanis from becoming a part of Pakistan’s democratic system could badly discourage them.  He said that decisions like these are creating doubts regarding the nationalism and loyalties of overseas Pakistanis which is not a good sign for Pakistan.

The participants of the meeting including Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui congratulated and thanked Leader and Founder of MQM Altaf Hussain for raising this issue on a national level.

It was decided unanimously by the participants of the meeting that an all effort will be made to bring amendments in the constitution. They reaffirmed to always stand by the overseas Pakistanis to ensure the right to vote and contest in the elections.  “We are committed to the idea that dual-nationals should be able to participate in all our country’s civic matters and that includes the right to contest elections.”

Appreciating the contribution of the Pakistanis living abroad, office bearers of MQM USA said they would take all measures to bring awareness. Seminars will be held across USA and Canada. Invitations will be sent to the leaders of Pakistani Community and members of various political parties to get census on this issue. The resolutions and suggestions from these seminars will be given a final proposition. A grand convention will be held in New York for Overseas Pakistanis to formulate joint strategy and through this convention; concerns of overseas Pakistanis will be communicated to the Judiciary, Parliament and political parties of Pakistan.

A directive has been sent to all the Chapters of MQMUSA and MQM Canada to contact members of the Pakistani Community in their respective areas and highlight the issue.