THERE is a total ban on all types of visas for Pakistanis in Kuwait. The ban, imposed on nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, includes suspending all tourism, visit and trade visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses.

It is indeed the prerogative of the Kuwaiti government to hire immigrant workers from any country. However Pakistanis already working in Kuwait must be governed by laws so as not to put them under additional emotional stress, resulting from forced separation from their families.

There have been a number of cases where families have been sent back to Pakistan after paying a hefty penalty since even after the completion of medical, fingerprinting and other formalities, residence visa was not stamped.

Scores of letters from resident Pakistanis in Kuwait appear in local newspapers on a regular basis pleading with the government of Kuwait to issue family visas and not to separate children from parents, and husbands from wives.

To all these queries newspapers respond by writing: “As this is a government decision, it is useless to approach any official. No one can do anything until the government lifts the ban.

The only thing you (Pakistanis) can do is approach your (Pakistani) embassy to ask the Pakistan government to intervene by sending a senior official to Kuwait to discuss the issue. There is no other remedy at the moment.”

Also the ban has been attributed to the ‘difficult security conditions in the five countries’ and to the tendency among nationals of the five countries to apply for visas to bring in relatives who face or could face arrest by local authorities.

We have been authors of our own misfortune.

The ethnic and sectarian bloodshed taking place in Pakistan is well reported here in the media. There was a time when Pakistanis commanded a certain amount of respect.

Prime Minister Gilani visited Kuwait about a year back but as expected nothing came out for the common man.

As they say, hope is the common man’s bread, so I can only hope that the Government of Pakistan would take up this matter with the Government of Kuwait and request it to open at least family visas on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

NASIR KHAN Kuwait


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Comments (63) (Closed)


Raj
Apr 13, 2012 05:57pm
Pakistanis are the only ones who are talking about Muslim Ummah. Others consider this Ummah Preaching a threat to their nationhood. This constant invocation of Ummah has isolated Pakistan even among the Muslim countries.
Muhammad Din
Apr 13, 2012 05:30pm
This action is not representative of Kuwaiti people who are our blood brothers in the Ummah. It is hight time we gave an ultimatum for action to the Kuwaiti government
Rationalist
Apr 13, 2012 05:33pm
Imagine a fellow Muslim country doing this to Pakistan. Then what's the fault of the civilized/developed countries taking this stand for their national security. I guess the answer is self-introspect as why this is happening to Pakistanis all over the world (without creating conspiracy thoeries). Need to improve on many fronts only then world will respect else this treatment will continue
Hamza
Apr 13, 2012 06:46pm
They are "Birathers" in their pain not in our.
pakiaussie
Apr 13, 2012 06:50pm
very well said .. the fault is within .. and I think the main reason is that no one trusts Pakistanis anymore .. the passport may be fake, the educational credentials may be fake .. and then they go to other countries and try to influence their values and societies with their own conceited views.
pakiaussie
Apr 13, 2012 07:08pm
give me a break .. what "Ummah" are you talking about ?? and the govt represent the people .. the way the Kuwaitis in particular and Arabs in general look down upon Pakistanis is a disgrace .. and we give ultimatum for what - what do we have to threaten them with ? you give an ultimatum to some one weaker than you .. be realistic
Saleem Baig
Apr 13, 2012 09:06am
Pakistan should serve diplomatic relation with Kuwait, an arrogant country with any power base.
Ahmed
Apr 13, 2012 09:00am
We can understand the ban but the should be implemented with a little compassion and sensibility. Why place it on little children, newly weds, aging parents? Certainly there are no threat to security.
Sdkhan
Apr 13, 2012 05:13pm
we have no respect for each other in our own country then y shud v expect others to respect us/ green passport
yasin
Apr 13, 2012 07:38pm
How dare Kuwait impose such restriction on Pakistan ? Have they forgotten all the favours we have done to them ?
ali
Apr 13, 2012 09:49am
Yea thank the like of Hafiz saeed and elk.
Affaan
Apr 17, 2012 01:09pm
Salam everyone, Just heard that some companies in Kuwait can arrange business visa for Pakistani. Is it true or just a rumour?
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 13, 2012 12:36pm
It is time the common man went back to Pakistan and started addressing issues of unemployment and dishonesty with the common man's elected members - the Kuwaiti government is doing the right thing. It is about time then common man was expelled from all the Middle-East countries so the sending countries could develop their own economic infrastructure. The common man is very lazy and requires a clear light at the end of the tunnel to understand it is better to stay at home and work. The common man must understand that the country needs him - Pakistan need him.
pakiaussie
Apr 13, 2012 02:44pm
Is there any country in the world where the green passport is not looked down upon ?? and then Kuwait is our "Brather" Islam ummah .. and we fought for them in Gulf War I
Zoeb Aqeel
Apr 13, 2012 03:05pm
Our County Politicians and their Family members are to busy looting the Country. They do not care nor do they want to do anything for the common man.
Sheraz
Apr 13, 2012 03:27pm
Today, some hour before Kuwait Government lifted the visa ban from the Syrian nationals. This result is because of number of table talks and lot of communication between Syrian and Kuwait Government. As we all are aware of the weakness of Pakistani Government the same result we can not expect from them. I wish, hope and pray to Allah, that Kuwait lifts the ban from all other Nationals and give them some sort of relief. May Allah bless every one :(
Pro truth
Apr 13, 2012 03:59pm
nice to see "brather" country not including India or Phillipines in the ban, so much for Muslim Ummah! so get real if a country doesnt respect you, leave it and find other options where law is same for all!
C. Nandkishore
Apr 13, 2012 04:06pm
As an Indian ex employee in Saudi Arabia I have observed Pakistani persons are not trusted because of 1. Drugs: The notion is mainly Pakistanis are drug dealers. 2. I have seen that somehow every Pakistani thinks that he is a better Muslim than the Arabs and flaunts it. The Arabs do not like it. 3. Loyalty to employer: Pakistanis are seen to be disloyal to the employer, maybe wrongly. 4. And finally nearly all Pakistanis behave like 'Saudi Arabia mera baap ka hai'. This is the main reason why an Arab thinks many times before employing Pakistanis. For example in one of the companies where I worked out of 700 employees there was only one Pakistani. Others were from Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, India, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Nepal etc.
Waheed
Apr 13, 2012 05:00pm
Pakistanis are considered as the most criminal minded people. It is said that there is a big number of Pakistanis who are bunged in the prisions of Kuwait for committing various crimes, including dru trafficking, frauds and swindles.Pakistan's embassy has never done nor expected to do any favour for Pakistan's community.They are busy in making money through various charges and who is going to listen to them.What is their value in Kuwait or elsewhere?
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 13, 2012 05:04pm
My dear friend you should back to Pakistan and take part in its growth and development - Pakistan needs you, Kuwait does want you or need you. You should be ashamed of what you are doing or saying - begging. Shame on you - you should go and work in Pakistan to see it through as a strong economic power - I can give you a job in Pakistan.
Rizwan
Apr 13, 2012 09:46pm
This is such a disappointment from not a only a humanitarian stand point but also bilateral relations stand point. I feel for honest hard working pakistani in Kuwait. The Pakistan government should take this up strictly at the highest level. If they dont then why ask respect from someone else when you have no respect for yourself. I pray that the situation in our country improves to the point we don't need to leave our country to live outside and face such things.
mh
Apr 13, 2012 10:21pm
Ummah does not work one way, it has to work for both. Arabs do not care if you are muslim...of course some of it is our fault by behaving in such rude manner, take a flight going to pakistan and you will see people ignoring the safety precautions and treating the plane like a bus.....still the treatment of paksitanis by the arabs is horrible.....these people in our government do not have the courage to demand respect for paksitani, since they themselves act in such horrible manner to us.....
gulshan
Apr 13, 2012 11:08pm
Blood Brothers ?
Godaveri
Apr 13, 2012 11:40pm
Mr Muhammad, Have you ever been to Kuwait, you are calling them blood brothers, they treat all South Asians as third rate citizens does not matter whether they are Muslims or any other religion, this is fact same with your Saudi brothers. And Pakistan is not in a position to give ultimatum to Kuwait since they sell petrol at cheaper price to Pakistan and aid also.
Blitzer
Apr 13, 2012 11:40pm
If the Kuwaiti government refuses to lift this discriminatory ban on visas, a self-respecting Pakistani government should recall its Ambassador to Kuwait and suspend all diplomatic ties with the country. Diplomatic relations are based on reciprocity after all. But who are we kidding? Our leadership is busy making sure it gets to stay in government for a couple of more years by hook or by crook and looking after the interests of Pakistanis at home or abroad is the least of their worries.
ali
Apr 14, 2012 12:36am
Sectarian and ethnic violence is making it difficult for Pakistanis to enter many countries, they also have to go through vigorous security checks.As the successive governments have failed to provide jobs to its citizens, these Pakistanis leave the country to work elsewhere.,it is now the governments responsibility to correct the situation.
Anup
Apr 14, 2012 12:46am
What ulimatum did you have in mind? Let us in unfettered or we will blow ourselves up?
ali abbas
Apr 14, 2012 01:19am
No one respects us because we keep trying to be something that we are not. We are south asians, we have lot more in common with Inidians than these Arab countries. Just because we happen to pray to the same GOD doesn't make us one nation. Here is my suggestion, stop portraying Indians as our enemies. We are two brothers who decided to live separately and not under the same roof. Many brothers do it everyday. This doesn't mean that we make strangers our brother and our brother into our enemies. Arabs cant be even get along with other Arabs, these are the same people who have devided nations into Sunnies and Shias etc. Arabs are the one exporting extreme version of Islam to the rest of the world. Unfortunately our madrassas that are funded by these extremist countries are now churning extremists. Tell me any thing as damaging done to us by Inida? Grow up...Kawwa chala hans hi chal aur apni chal bhi bhool gaya.
ali abbas
Apr 14, 2012 01:22am
have some self respect. Stop blaming our own govt for someones else fault. Arab has history of hating other Muslims, if you do not agree with me just visit any Arab country and see how they treat whites and how they treat browns and blacks. They will treats Indians the same if they did not rely on Indians to run their businesses and do business with.
Iqbal
Apr 14, 2012 01:43am
Our relationships with other countries are not be based upon religions. If you look at the histories of other countries, you will find the evidences. Pakistanis are being treated fairly in European countries and USA as compared to countries like Kuwait.
Khane Khanan
Apr 14, 2012 01:57am
I believe it was Z A Bhutto who had brought the Kuwaitis to their senses by saying Kuwait is not a country... But his party, the PLUNDER PAKISTAN PARTY (PPP), is trying to prove Pakistan is not a country! If you want to be treated with respect, you have to put your own house in order. Until then, you have to bear it all and grin!
faiz ahmad
Apr 16, 2012 09:32am
All Kind of Visas has been stopped for pakistanis who want to enter kuwait ,The main reason is pakistani are mosty into drug traffiking and illegal buisnesses in kuwait .
Amateur
Apr 14, 2012 03:20am
Kuwait would be last country in the world I would be going to.
Shree
Apr 14, 2012 07:39am
you are right my bro.. you should threaten kuwaiti govt.. about this
Godaveri
Apr 14, 2012 07:52am
There is no point in leaving a reply even though it is rational and true you guys are publishing.
j B
Apr 14, 2012 06:45pm
Those who do not respect their heritage and ancestry cannot expect respect fromothers
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 14, 2012 07:44pm
do you live in the USA or Europe? No you do not - Kuwaitis are right, they are giving you the chance to stay at home and work hard.
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 14, 2012 07:46pm
A very sensible answer. However, these guy are incapable of understanding one thing - stay at home and work hard and develop the cou ntries economy rather then feel jealous about the whole thing.
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 14, 2012 09:48pm
. I agree with you Mr Nandkishore this should be the home truth.
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 14, 2012 09:56pm
My friend you should go home and look after all your tribe you mention. You need to earn your living in Pakistan - a country that is very rich but it lacks skilled labour. Please go home and do everyone a favour.
Jan
Apr 15, 2012 01:54am
To all peapole saying that you should go back to Pakistan and serve the nation, you need to understand the ground realities. Pakistanis in Kuwait are contributing to Pakistan by remittiing foreign exchange to Pakistan and supporting their familiies. Some of the Pakistanis who are earning decent income will not be able to earn that much in Pakistan. Government of Pakistan should discuss the plight of Pakistanis in Kuwait.....
ali
Apr 22, 2012 01:57pm
hmmm what favors !!! we work - they pay - there is no such thing as favors my friend.. They don't ask us to do charity for them in fact it’s the other way round. They pay us for our services small or big amount .that's a different issue. So please don't talk about what favors we have given them or vice a versa
Sohail Malik
Apr 15, 2012 09:34am
Kuwait Government should give some relief to families, little children, aged parents and mostly to those who have already entered Kuwait on Family Visas and waiting for their residencies to be stamped on passports. 2 KD/day fine is accumulating on their heads. We can only wait for good news and no hope from our so called PPP government or we can wait for Imran Khan's "SONAMI".
Atif Siddiqui
Apr 22, 2012 09:52pm
Rumours
Nabs
Apr 22, 2012 05:08pm
Lol ur funny...please be informed v r here tawking about some serious issue here...and Inshallah I will be going back to my country...as I love my country...make sense?...nyways thanks for the advise but paying taxes is one of job done since my parents are leaving there...cheers
Nabs
Apr 22, 2012 05:11pm
i am agree wid u ali. its all about give and take here...only higher official can solve this matter of lifting ban..
Tahir
Apr 22, 2012 04:07pm
I think you should stop repeating same thing again n again. If you say you can offer us a job. I am oil and gas professional and if you can pay me 6 lakhs per month as how much i m earning here then i can definitely think about it. I was born in Kuwait and since then I have lived with my family here in Kuwait. Not all of us love to be away from our home country. But can you offer us better living standard? Safety and security? Good job salaries? A decent public medical care? We the overseas Pakistanies contribute to Pakistan economy through foreigh currency. So you should not keep on repeating same solution unless you assess the situation.
Atif Siddiqui
Apr 22, 2012 01:20am
Please Read all the tears of Pakistanis in Kuwait at PIK Guest Book http://pakistanisinkuwait.com/html/guest
shazada zahid mahmou
Apr 22, 2012 03:30pm
Mr Hussain please go back to Pakistan and start building and paying taxes - that is the only solution. You vote for me and I will give you a job in Pakistan and also for your children - you should not talk about Kuwait. You must go back to Pakistan and take part in its reconstruction and development.
Ahmad Ali
Apr 23, 2012 08:16am
AOA Friends, Pakistani govt doesn't care for the overseas Pakistanis. how they are suffering from this cruel ban i am also one of the victim of this ban on Pakistanis. i think its the media who can play active role to bring this issue UP. thanks for the dawn newspaper.keep on highlighting this problem. we are not hopeless inshAllah things will turn in our side soon....Allah hafiz
Nabs
Apr 22, 2012 11:01am
Since last year our so called president " Zardari" was here to celebrate Kuwait's National and Liberation day...And didn't talk about the ban issue so do you think ambassador will help?... I don't think so.... its our bad luck guys...And also i'm agreed that our name "Pakistani" has been polluted by our own people that we have lost our trust to others...life has been changed in 2012 for Pakistanis in Kuwait...Solution is to start building up your trust and recover from this cause as it is now and never...or else our kids future is not more than just a shame...think of it please....Regards, Nabs Hussain (Pakistan Zindabad)
Farrukh
May 19, 2012 10:33am
I am living n working in UAE,my company assigned task to visit KUWAIT, but visit visa rejected..we have to learn from Indian government who is helping their people working outside India.
Guest
May 28, 2012 06:13pm
What are trying to say. Pakistanis aren't "good enough" aye?
shahbaz
Jul 31, 2012 06:34am
hello .i want to come kuwait .i born in kuwait .it is possible kuwait give me visa. thanks
Zaheer babar
Jul 08, 2012 04:25am
hello kuwait is the most beautiful country in the world. I've lived 15 years in Kuwait. Kuwaiti people are very good. My shop was in Kuwait. I want to come back. My artist's shop.
mirza talish mahmood
Jul 24, 2012 01:24pm
Pakistan should serve diplomatic relation with Kuwait, an arrogant country with any power base.
Perwez Abbas
Jul 11, 2012 07:15am
Visa ban for Pakistanis by a Muslim country is not understandable. I am sure there is no more Kuwaiti Government in Kuwait and Kuwaitis have become puppets of American. It is American Policy to apply pressure on these countries. Strings are pulled by Americans through the hands of Kuwaitis. I lost my job because of this so called visa restriction for Pakistanis.
ali
Jul 26, 2012 10:29am
hello plz help me my bro
ali
Jul 26, 2012 10:27am
hello how r u......plz cont me ..and help me
admin
Jul 31, 2012 04:20am
Why you want to come back
Muhammad Adnan
Aug 16, 2012 11:50am
dear i respect u r feelings and the ground reality is this that we are not terrorists we are once terrorized and now known as terrorists. You can see that in Mehran Attack four foreigners were involved and testified by DNA. Here in Pakistan terrorism's foreigners are involved they dont want to see An Islamic Country with ATOMIC power and different ways are being applied to demoralized us and our Sweet Pakistan. One result has shown that some countries disallowed us to enter in their countries. Now our economy ll go down and even LAWANDA the most poorer country of the world' it's currency rate is higher then Pakistan. Our Government is so much selfish and ll not do any favor until some personal benefits needed But GOd ll do justice Inshallah......................
shahbaz
Aug 06, 2012 06:23am
kab open hon gay kuwait k visay
malik naheed
Aug 06, 2012 08:50pm
kuwaiti brothers please open the visa all country thanks bro take care