Since 1993, the question of enabling overseas Pakistanis to vote in Pakistani elections from their respective countries of residence has been hanging fire. At least eight litigations are on record to seek this facility for overseas citizens. The efforts, both political and technological, have, however, followed an ebb and flow pattern. Governments and political parties get worked up closer to election; speeches are made; slogans raised; committees formed; reports written; court orders obtained; even laws are enacted but, in the end, there is not enough time left before the next general election to address the lingering reservations about the security, privacy and integrity of the votes to be cast from about 130 countries around the globe where the Pakistani diaspora resides. There is seldom any serious research and timely follow-up of the issues identified in overseas Pakistanis’ voting.
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