Digital Power of Attorney for Overseas Pakistanis
A day after the joint session of Parliament passed 33 laws, including “the Election Second Amendment Act, 2021”, providing voting rights to overseas Pakistanis, the government launched a digital portal to assist emigrants with a certificate from a prosecutor.
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s launch of a platform for automation proxy is yet another innovative step for Pakistanis living abroad.
The service will help expatriates get online confirmation from their prosecutors without having to visit embassies.
It was first released in ten countries and has now been linked to NADRA’s database, enabling it to provide services to all embassies and consulates around the world.
Solution to Many Problems
In his remarks during the inauguration, Prime Minister expressed regret that abroad Pakistanis were not considered an asset for the country. He asserted that now that they have been given the right to vote in elections, every government will respect them.
He added that emigrants have problems with a prosecutor and that automation would solve their problems.
The Prime Minister also expressed his joy at the approval of a bill allowing electronic voting machines to be used in general elections.
Technology has changed the world, and refusing to adapt to it is ridiculous, he said, adding that only corrupt forces oppose it.
“It made me very happy yesterday,” the prime minister said during the ceremony, “because we have now involved Pakistanis abroad in the democracy of Pakistan.” He claimed that because emigrants now had voting rights, “Every government will value our foreign Pakistanis.”
The nine million non-resident Pakistanis will vote for the administration, which can improve their lives when they go to the polls. “The most important advantage will be that a citizen can control the government with his vote in a democracy,” he said.
Certificates of Inheritance
Through biometric verification at Pakistani missions abroad, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) would provide letters of administration and succession certificates to foreign Pakistanis, saving them the trouble of going to court.
The government has publicly disseminated the method of requesting the said documents through Pakistani missions to raise awareness of Pakistani expatriates who would otherwise have to languish in local courts and endure a lengthy process.