OPC Punjab is a flagship initiative of the dynamic and visionary Chief Minister of Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. During the years of exile the Chief Minister had frequent interaction with overseas Pakistanis and has deep and first-hand knowledge of the problems faced by them in their native homeland.
Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif identified the miseries and plight of Overseas Pakistanis. He is the one to have thought of establishing an independent government office to redress the grievance of Overseas Pakistanis. In fact, creation of OPC is the brain-child and vision of the Chief Minister, Punjab, who is chairman of the commission. Shaheen Khalid Butt is the Vice Chairperson while Muhammed Afzaal Bhatti is the Commissioner of OPC. Both are hand-picked by the Chief Minister, Punjab himself, keeping in view their talent, experience and expertise. Both are dynamic, devoted, and competent individuals. Besides, they are Overseas Pakistanis too, quite influential in their communities and well versed with the problems faced by overseas Pakistanis. Whatever success and good name the Commission has earned in a short span, is the result of unshakeable commitment and untiring efforts of both of them.
The main objectives of the organization are not only redressing the complaints but also facilitating the citizens in every possible manner, as listed below:
- Welfare of Overseas Pakistanis
- Welcoming them in mainstream
- Addressing their genuine complaints which fall within the provision of the Provincial Government
- Protection from land grabbing and similar other hazards
- Facilitation in their investments
- Removing hurdles and assisting in policy decisions on the basis of suggestions received from Overseas Pakistanis
Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission is a Special Institution with Services and General Administration Department of Government of the Punjab.