Corruption allegations in Overseas Pakistanis Commission.


LONDON -- Akram Dhareeja, one of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's founding members and former organsier for the UK and Europe, has appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to abolish the newly formed body of the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC).

Akram Dhareeja has addressed a letter to PM Imran Khan and Saifullah Khan Nyazee, the chief organsier of the PTI, alleging that the OPC is involved in promoting corruption and its 33 members have been appointed without any due process and merit.

Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif had originally formed the OPC.

Dhareeja alleged that the newly appointed members have started contacting community members flaunting their status and abusing their position. In some cases, he said, the newly appointed members are involved in asking for money from the community for resolution of their problems.

Dhareeja further claimed that some people belonging to Pakistan People's Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have been appointed and the others have been appointed on recommendation of a few businessmen from the UK. He alleged that one law firm in the UK, whose owner is a member of the OPC, has openly asking community members on his website to bring cases to his firm to settle disputes in Pakistan.

He writes in the letter: 'As a long-standing member of PTI and one of the founding members of the party, under which I served as Chief Organiser of PTI UK and Europe, I believe it is my duty to voice my concerns over this newly formed body and the negative implications it will have on PTI UK and the British Pakistani community.'

He adds: 'I believe that this UK body of Punjab OPC will cause huge divisions within PTI UK and further does not align with your vision for a united Pakistan. There is also a strong possibility that other provinces such as Sindh, Balochistan, KPK, AJK, Giligit-Baltistan and Islamabad may also decide to appoint their own separate bodies in the UK, resulting in further division within PTI UK and the British...

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