I HAVE been running a small IT business in the UAE since 2003. I have flown more than 200 times since then. As a Pakistani passport-holder, I do have challenges in getting visas and travelling around the world for business purpose. It is very rare that I was treated with respect at immigration counters around the world.

In my experience, the UAE, Qatar, the UK and Germany are the friendliest and respecting countries.

But I never faced a situation where a consulate tells me that Pakistanis are not allowed to enter the country. I was extremely surprised and embarrassed when I was told this by the Kuwaiti consulate. I wanted to travel to Kuwait for three days to train some IT engineers. But the consulate told me that visas had been closed for Pakistanis and that I should come after a month.

I am wondering what wrong we Pakistanis did to Kuwait and why there is a visa ban on Pakistanis. I hope things get better soon for Pakistanis. Or maybe I was just unlucky.

NABEEL AHMED Dubai

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Saadiya
September 23, 2012 8:14 am
Racism - blatant racisim ! Any way it's their loss RACISM , blatantly exhibited. I bet it wouldn't have happened to an American or Canadian . Anyway it's their loss I can say that this happens to all Pakistanis and quote horrific examples . Even now to get a visa to travel for conferences e.t.c Canada , china , and a number of other countries want police clearance certificate , which by the way means 10,000 rupees in bribes , each visa . For some one who hasn't even had a traffic violation I feel that it's a crime in itself
rz
September 23, 2012 6:47 pm
What about other South Asian Countries? India , BanglaDesh, Nepal? I know Srilankans gets Kuwait visa
Amjad Khan
September 23, 2012 6:28 pm
I find it strange the number of comments on here about how Pakistan is to blame for a blanket refusal of visas by Kuwait. The Persian Gulf Arabs are amongst the most racist people in the world and they view Pakistanis with the most contemptuous of eyes. However, much of our population believes that kissing up to Arabs will earn them a place in heaven. The government flaunts this same attitude and will not address this issue. We fight the Arab's battle for them, we protect their terrorists in our country; they take joy in this proxy war while sitting in the safety of their homes in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Perhaps it's time to re-think this attitude of alliance with Arabs who only really see us a client people anyways.
Zulfiqar
September 23, 2012 6:21 am
Kuwait has banned all types of visas for Pakistanis since long time. Pakistani Embassy in Kuwait including Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not put their effort to lift this ban. Due to this visa ban, alot of Pakistanis are suffering. This is total negligence of our Pakistani Government. Pakistanis have been contributing in building Kuwait and there is not even a single incident where any Pakistani was involved in activity against Kuwait. Government of Pakistan should approach to the highest authority of Kuwait to lift this ban.
Amjad Ali
September 23, 2012 6:31 pm
Thansks to the leadership who mostly have dual nationalities. This 'who cares' attitute is really shameful. Even when the visa were allowed, we only were asked to submit attested copies of the education qualifications to process the business visa. This was really embarrasing.
ozair mustafa
September 23, 2012 4:38 pm
I think the Government has to get a reply from Kawaiti government. Its very sweeping measure, there are other ways to scruitinise.
Ali
September 23, 2012 6:50 am
I work as an IT Consultant too delivering IT Security trainings based in Dubai and the exact same thing happened to me about a year ago. I was totally shocked and embarrassed as well, the worst part is how they executed it; they kept me waiting there for about 2 hours and then told me that you will not get a visa, I asked them why, they did not reply, then a guy from immigration dept took me over to the Airport police who handed me over to the Kuwait Airline to put me on a plane to go back to Dubai, to make sure that I don't run away. It was one of the most unpleasant experiences I ever had to go through at the airport even though I traveled to so many countries without this level of humiliation, since I was 2 years old when I left Pakistan with my parents. But recently its been getting worse since our country along with its passport has lost all the remaining respect too. Only people who would be able to relate with our issue would be expats like us living out of country for sometime. People in Pakistan are living in ignorance.
abdul rashid
September 23, 2012 6:16 am
The reputation of Pakistan is so great that even a Muslim country think twice to grant visas to us. Like the sheep in Karachi port quarantined, the people are also getting the same treatment.
SJH
September 23, 2012 7:19 am
Dear Nabeel, This the situation for the last many years for Pakistanis for visit or employment visas. Unfortunately our embassy and govt. officials are not doing anything about it. I was not allowed to enter and was sent back from Kuwait airport. If the Kuwaits are not interested in learning or gaining knowledge from us, sorry the loss in their's. SJH.
Sujjawal
September 23, 2012 7:39 am
Our so called friendly nation like KUWAIT DOES NOT GIVE visas to pakistanis why? Maybe because they think that we are a risk to their national security.
Jb Mummy
September 23, 2012 7:47 am
The wrong we did (All South Asians) was selling ourselves as 'slaves' to all GCC countries and worldwide. Until you respect yourself and your own people no one else will.
Tam
September 23, 2012 7:23 pm
Due to this ban, lots of families are suffering. People are getting married and there wives are waiting for visas. I do not understand why they become so strick as they are also Muslim country. I request Kuwaiti government, think over their visa policies for Pakistanis. Thanks
Jim
September 23, 2012 2:44 pm
Thank your government, your military, and their jihadis.
Jiten Maurya
September 23, 2012 9:50 pm
Pakistan does carry an image of a "double dealing" nation thruout the world. Even the muslin countries are starting to recognize it.
m idrees
September 23, 2012 11:20 am
it may be that i would not right but in my opinion it is the total failure of pakistani embassy there in quite
mark
September 23, 2012 10:34 pm
sorry ..you want to have your cake and eat it too?..target westerners and hate them and want to go their home as well???...not happening
Nazia
September 24, 2012 6:20 am
Even ma son had born in kuwait last year Aug in Kuwait but due to some really serious problem in Pakistan we left Kuwait withou his AKAMA assuming tht we both are working in Kuwait we have his Kuwait born Birth Certificate we can gt his visa on humanity ground we left him in Pak with ma parents we came bak since thn we r trying to gt his visa bt by seeing our Nationality no body answer as well.I have gone all the way to gt lamina frm a minister bt he rejected in this time we visited PAKISTAN aswell.Well no hope for visas we have decided to go bak by this year end.
Abdullah Hussain
September 23, 2012 8:23 pm
No use. No one will listen. Kuwait has its own proirity so its OK if they so desire.
Abdullah Hussain
September 23, 2012 8:19 pm
Sheer Arrogance, anyway Thanks to America as well
ANK
September 24, 2012 8:59 am
Dear all! we know very well about our govts what are they doing since Pakistan creation, how much all were/are sincere with their AWAM. if our policy makers were sincere and had forsighted so we had not need to go any where for job. Allah has given alot to this country but unfortunately our Godfathers policies finshed all . so we have only choice to look another side. all want their self respected but due to families their future we need to go abroad. due to very bad image of pakistanis all over the world. it is very hard for us to get any better job. so, like me if any one gets job in Kuwiat. he is waiting, looking.praying and requesting to Kuwait govt to please open visas for families bcoz we have no more choice,
Ali
September 24, 2012 8:17 am
All these countries get a respectable entry except for us and no one is to blame but ourselves for this.
Desyboy
September 23, 2012 8:13 pm
Please don't club your problem with all of south asia. I travelled on my Indian passport and I got a visa just fine. It is your reputation that nobody likes. Better safe than sorry!
U. Saifi
September 23, 2012 2:18 pm
Did we reciprocate the action by Kuwait? Most probably not - I am sure we are still buttering them up and I am sure Kuwaitis will be flying into Pakistan during the hunting season to kill our endangered birds. Shame on concerned Pakistani authorities.
peddarowdy
September 23, 2012 1:10 pm
Please do not use the South Asian tag. India being 80% of South Asia, its unwise to be used by Pakistan, who curiously use it to escape from discrimination. Indians usually dont have a problem getting visas to any country, FYI. So, its not South Asia, but only Pakistan. Indian Muslims do face some problems in getting visas to the West, but they know who to blame for that, don't they?
Sam
September 24, 2012 2:29 am
My 5 months old son is a US citizen and I hold Pakistani passport.When visiting UK,Germany,UAE,Bhahrain and Oman I experienced extreme discrimination between myself and my son. I was always checked again and again while my son was travelling with me visa free.
Fahad
September 23, 2012 9:51 am
Kuwaitis think of themselves only they are selfish and disrespectful people. I also need visa waiting since 3 years.
Iqbal
September 23, 2012 9:13 am
During Iraq Kuwait war,our government sided Kuwait and public sided Iraq.Government had to side Kuwait being USA sponsered.After war,Kuwait did not like our public responce and since then they have isolated Pakistan.Blame the government for not bringing things back to normal,nor they have the capacity to do so.
Virkaul
September 24, 2012 4:21 am
When will you learn that being a Muslim does not automatically guarantee you a visa to a Muslim country? The world has in the last few centuries moved to nation states concept. So each country has to consider it's interests and not that of Ummah. Pakistanis are looked down upon in many Middle-East countries due to shortcuts adopted by them, why loses them trust.
Bela Hussain
September 23, 2012 11:41 am
This should be an eye opener for people who want Pakistan to stand for the gulf monarchies
Islamabadi1
September 23, 2012 5:40 pm
I hope there is a similar ban on Kuwaitis entering Pakistan
sb
September 24, 2012 12:45 am
Very true..
sb
September 24, 2012 12:49 am
Very true Sir. It's sad and unfortunate that the doors will be wide open to them during hunting season.
Zafar
September 23, 2012 4:11 pm
Pakistan stood with Kuwaitis in 1990 war. India was the only country to recognize Kuwait as 19th province of Iraq yet they are treated well. Pakistan should sent Kuwaitis embassy staff back to their country and call its embassy staff from there. Just break the relationship with them completely. A donkey could have billion of dollars but would not wise choices. This is a country smaller than Karachi.
kahdim
September 23, 2012 5:05 pm
And the Kuwait Counsel in Karachi has blocked 3 roads illegally ! Where government and people are corrupt all will mistreat you.
Muhammad Yaqub
September 23, 2012 9:35 am
Shameful nation, the foreign minister can only talk and the government is a dead horse. Respect has to be earned !
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