PM Imran Khan launches 'Pakistan Banao Certificates' for overseas Pakistanis

PM Imran Khan launches 'Pakistan Banao Certificates' for overseas Pakistanis

Islamabad (Staff Report): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched "Pakistan Banao Certificates" for the overseas Pakistanis at a special ceremony in Islamabad.

Addressing the launching ceremony, the PM urged the overseas Pakistanis to join the programme to strengthen country’s economy.

The certificates are being launched to attract investment from eight million overseas Pakistanis.

PM Khan said that the overseas Pakistanis have always been at the forefront for helping the country. “Going to the International Monetary Fund was the easier option for us,” he said.

Earlier in the day, the federal cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved Hajj policy 2019.

Expenses for Hajj will be divided into two zones. Expenses for the northern zone would be Rs436,975 and for the southern zone would be Rs427,975. The government will provide Rs45,000 subsidy per Hajji.

The cabinet was informed that 184,210 Pakistanis will perform Hajj this year and applications would be accepted from 20 February. 60 per cent of the Hajj quota would be allocated to the government with the remaining 40 per cent for private operators.

People of 80 years and above will be able to perform Hajj without any draw. People who have been unsuccessful for three consecutive years will also not be required to enter the draw.

On Wednesday, Council of Islamic Ideology declared that the government could subsidize the sacred religious ceremony of Hajj in any shape without any discrimination.

CII Chairman Dr Qibla Ayaz, talking to the media after the conclusion of the two-day meeting of the council’s 214th sitting, said the council was of the view that there was no harm in facilitating the Hujjaj, Radio Pakistan reported.