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Kuwaiti visa & Pakistanis

September 23, 2012

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