Wednesday, March 22, 2023

CM Usman Buzdar Appoints UK Doctor to Chair Punjab Overseas Commission

Dr. Shahid Mehmood has been nominated as Vice-Chairperson of the Punjab Overseas Commission (POC) to deal with the issue of overseas Pakistanis by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

The nomination of Dr. Mehmood has been verified by the Chief Minister House in a notification. Following Mr. Makhdoom’s nomination as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis, Dr. Shahid Mehmood was appointed after Syed Tariq Mahmood-ul-Hassan was de-notified in the same position last week (SAPM).

Dr. Shahid Mehmood expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, and SAPM Syed Tariq Mehmood ul Hassan for entrusting him with the task of assisting Pakistanis living overseas.

“I would do my best to assist the Prime Minister, Chief Minister, and SAPM in resolving concerns and challenges encountered by Pakistanis living abroad,” he stated. As an overseas Pakistani, I understand the difficulties experienced by Pakistanis living abroad, and our doors are always open to Pakistanis residing abroad.”

Dr. Shahid Mehmood, a Ravian who studied at Nishtar Medical College, remarked that overseas Pakistanis make a significant contribution to Pakistan’s economy. “I would connect with overseas Pakistanis in all areas of the world through virtual engagement and direct visits, in line with PM Khan and CM Punjab’s vision,” he stated. I would leave no stone unturned in assisting the abroad Pakistanis through the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission as a health expert with exposure to the world’s greatest health systems and institutions.”

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Dr. Shahid Mehmood stated he learned a lot about how to deal with problems and difficult situations. “As an overseas Pakistani who has dealt with concerns in Pakistan, I understand how Pakistanis living abroad feel and the problems they confront on a daily basis.” I’ll be working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to interact with Pakistanis living abroad, as PM Imran Khan and Punjab Chief Minister urge me to do in my capacity.”

Dr. Shahid Mehmood stated that he has given lectures on maternal neurology in Pakistani medical colleges as a guest lecturer. “I have organized multiple medical camps in rural Punjab to aid the poor,” he continued.

Dr. Shahid Mehmood is the first Pakistani to graduate from the London School of Economics with a master’s degree in health economics, policy, and management (LSE). He was a consultant neurologist in West Yorkshire, UK, prior to obtaining this position. He also worked with the World Congress of Pakistanis (WCOP) and was the head of the NHS Forum at the Conservative Friends of Pakistan.

Dr. Mehmood has also joined Makhdoom Tariq’s team at the Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons in the United Kingdom as the focal point for the Overseas Pakistanis Commission Punjab.

The Overseas Pakistanis Commission’s main goals include ensuring the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, addressing genuine complaints that fall within the Provincial Government’s jurisdiction, protecting overseas Pakistanis from land grabbing and other hazards, facilitating their investments, removing roadblocks, and assisting in policy decisions based on suggestions received from overseas Pakistanis.

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