LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has accepted an invitation from the World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis to visit the United Kingdom and other European countries to spread awareness among the overseas Pakistanis on the ongoing water crisis and generate funds for the building of new dams.
The top judge was invited by the the Executive Director of World Congress of Overseas Pakistanis Arif Anis after delivering the landmark judgement on Friday through which the Supreme Court permitted overseas Pakistanis to cast vote in the upcoming by-polls. This would be the first time that expat Pakistanis will be voting in a local election through I-voting mechanism.
The judgement was issued by a three-judge bench headed by the CJP himself which was hearing petitions at the apex court’s Lahore registry. Dr Farhat Siddiqui, along with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and others through solicitor Muhammad Dawood Ghazanvi, sought voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.
The petitioners had also asked the court to order the ECP to implement its 2014 judgment in which arrangements for overseas Pakistanis had been ordered for their fundamental right as guaranteed by the Constitution.
Anis, who was representing the overseas Pakistanis, thanked chief justice Nisar on behalf of the expatriates for their right to vote and requested him to visit the UK, Europe and the US for collection of funds for construction of dams in the country.
The CJP thanked Anis for his invitation and accepted it mentioning that he had been earlier invited by many overseas Pakistanis residing in different countries for donations for the construction of dams, but it was not possible for him to visit all the countries.
However, he said, he would visit overseas Pakistanis along with the governor of State Bank of Pakistan and the Wapda chairman on a seven days trip.
A seven days trip to the UK and Europe is most likely to be scheduled in October.