Consul General Amir Ahmed Atozai said that the problems of overseas Pakistanis will be their top priority, giving details of the steps to be started in the future, he said that in the next one to two weeks, the Police Electronic Service Center will start working
NEW YORK: Amir Ahmed Atozai, the newly appointed Consul General of Pakistan in New York, has started efforts to resolve the problems of the countrymen as soon as he took charge. He says that the Police Electronic Service Center will soon start working for the fastest acquisition, verification or registration of an online FIR against anyone in Pakistan.
Addressing the Meet the Press after taking charge in New York, Amar Ahmad Atozai said that like the citizens of the rest of the countries living in The United States, especially New York, Pakistanis will also have some problems, it is very important to identify, highlight them and make efforts to solve them.
He said that unless any issue is discussed, neither will they come to the notice of the consulate nor the local authorities here will know. He hoped that the media would cooperate with the Consulate in resolving the problems of the countrymen.
Consul General Amir Ahmed Atozai said that the problems of overseas Pakistanis will be their top priority, giving details of the steps to be started in the future, he said that in the next one to two weeks, the Police Electronic Service Center will start working, due to which the process of issuing and verifying many concerns of overseas Pakistanis, especially character certificates and other documents, will become very easy and efficient.
Earlier, the Ministry of Homeland Security used to write a letter to the Ministry of Interior in Pakistan for a character certificate, then the case was sent to the concerned police station by the Ministry of Interior, during this period it used to take about 6 months, so now this work will be possible through the Police Electric Service Center.
He said that due to this center, immigrants will be able to register an online FIR against anyone in Pakistan sitting in the United States, initially this center is being started only in Punjab, but later its scope will be extended to the whole country. He said that a hotline is also being set up to redress complaints of encroachment of land and properties of overseas Pakistanis.
He said that keeping in view the difficulties in issuing various types of certificates to overseas Pakistanis, online applications can be made for obtaining birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates etc. from NADRA. At the same time, expatriates will also be able to verify their tenants in Pakistan.
On the question of news diplomacy about the method of submission of online applications, Head of Chancellory Adil Nawab said that any Pakistani consulate will come and make a picture of himself and register the relevant data online, after which the consulate will send these details online. It will happen. He said that initially there will be no fee for online applications.
On the occasion, Consul General New York appreciated the positive role of the media and said that neutral and positive reporting not only highlights the problems of immigrants, but the media plays the role of a bridge to enhance Pak-US relations and people-to-people contacts between the two countries.