In recent times, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been making significant strides in extending its reach beyond the borders of Pakistan, demonstrating its commitment to fostering unity, addressing key issues, and advancing the interests of the Pakistani community around the world. From Japan to Bahrain, Saudi Arabia to France, PML-N’s activities abroad have been gaining momentum, creating a platform for engagement, solidarity, and advocacy.
Japan chapter: Solidarity and celebration
The PML-N Japan chapter has been a dynamic force in uniting overseas Pakistanis residing in Japan. On 24 July 2023, the chapter organised a remarkable ceremony in the city of Oyama to express solidarity with the Pakistan Army. Over 500 participants, including representatives from other prominent parties such as the Pakistan People’s Party and Awami National Party, joined in to celebrate the pride of the Pakistani nation – the Pakistan Army. PML-N Japan President Malik Noor Awan, Chairman Malik Younis, Patron-in-Chief Rana Abrar, and host Hafiz Shahid delivered inspiring addresses, emphasising the unwavering commitment of overseas Pakistanis to their homeland’s defence. This event showcased the unity and dedication of the Pakistani community in Japan towards Pakistan’s national interests.
PML-N Japan continued its engagement by celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day on 14 August. The event, organised by the Patron-in-Chief PML-N Japan Rana Abrar Hussain and Coordinator PML-N Japan Hafiz Maher Shams, brought together PML-N officials and a multitude of Pakistani personalities in Japan. Notably, a former member of the Punjab Assembly, Muhammad Taufeeq Butt, praised the services of PML-N Japan’s leadership, highlighting the significance of their contributions. The celebration underlined the strong connection of overseas Pakistanis with their homeland, fostering a sense of belonging and unity among the community in Japan.
Bahrain chapter: advocating for education
In Bahrain, the PML-N chapter has been fervently addressing the challenges faced by Pakistani expatriates. General Secretary Nadeem Hafeez and President Shahzad Chaudhary met with Governor Punjab Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman and former Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan on 14 July to discuss issues concerning Pakistani children’s education. The scarcity of Pakistani schools and higher education institutions in Bahrain has posed difficulties for Pakistani families, with students often waiting for extended periods to access education. The chapter’s plea for the establishment of a Pakistani university in Bahrain seeks to empower Pakistani youth with quality education, enabling them to contribute to Pakistan’s growth and prosperity.
Saudi Arabia chapter: advocacy and support
The PML-N Saudi Arabia chapter, led by President Sheikh Saeed Ahmed, showcased its commitment to pressing issues through a meeting with PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif in Jeddah on 20 July. This meeting, attended by regional presidents, media heads, youth wing representatives, and more, highlighted the dedication of PML-N workers in Saudi Arabia.
On 5 August, PML-N President Sheikh Saeed Ahmed and his delegation participated in an event at the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh in connection with Youm-e-Istehsal, reaffirming Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to highlighting the Kashmir issue on the global platform.
France chapter: strengthening organization
To strengthen PML-N’s presence in Europe, PML-N France organised an important event on 31 July, with Chief Coordinator Barrister Amjad Malik as the chief guest. The meeting delved into the organizational structure and performance of the party overseas, fostering a sense of cohesion and collaboration among party members. This event underscored PML-N’s determination to enhance its impact on a global scale.
PML-N International: uniting for independence
PML-N International Affairs orchestrated a virtual celebration on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day, bringing together PML-N representatives from various countries, including South Africa, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Belgium, Bahrain, Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, South Korea, Spain, Norway, Hong Kong, Sweden, Malaysia, and UAE. The event aimed to reiterate the value of Pakistan’s independence and inspire unity among overseas Pakistanis. Barrister Amjad Malik’s call to uphold principles and contribute to Pakistan’s progress resonated with participants, emphasising the importance of collective effort and engagement.
In conclusion, PML-N’s activities abroad underscore its commitment to strengthening ties among overseas Pakistanis, advocating for critical issues, and promoting Pakistan’s interests on the global stage. These efforts reflect a united and passionate diaspora, determined to contribute to their homeland’s growth, development, and prosperity. As PML-N continues to expand its global footprint, its impact on both the Pakistani community and the international arena is bound to grow stronger.
By Dr Rana Khalid Mahmood