Saturday, January 12, 2013

Kuwait mulls over lifting ban on visas

Source Link: Kuwait mulls over lifting ban on visas Staff Reporter Sunday, January 13, 2013 - Islamabad—Kuwait is considering the lifting of restrictions on the issuance of visas to Pakistani workers, it has been reported. Nawaf Abdulaziz Al-Enezi, Ambassador of Kuwait, met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and informed him of the Gulf state’s intentions, according to media reports. Nawaf Abdulaziz Al-Enezi also informed the Prime Minister that a high powered delegation would be visiting Pakistan soon to recruit doctors, paramedics and workers. It may be called that Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, during his visit to Kuwait on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit, had taken up the issue of visas with His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who had assured him of looking into the matter. While talking to Ambassador of Kuwait. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Pakistan and Kuwait enjoy close relations which are growing from strength to strength. In May 2011, Kuwait banned nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan from entering the country over fears political unrest in those nations could pose a risk to the Gulf state’s security. The blacklist included trade, tourism and visit visas as well as visas sponsored by spouses.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Driver detained over attempted sexual assault


JEDDAH — The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIP) is investigating a driver accused of ttempting to sexually assault a student of King Abdulaziz University.

The student told her local Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hai’a) office that she and her friends had reached an agreement with a Sri Lankan driver to transport them to and from the university.

She and another friend were at the university one evening for an exam.

They called the driver to pick them up, but he was late. Her friend called her brother and went home with him.

The driver arrived later and no one was around in the university, the student said.

As she entered the car he tried to sexually assault her, she claimed.

She told police that she fought with him and managed to push him away before running toward the university gate. He followed her in the car and tried unsuccessfully to run her over, it was alleged.

She said she was forced to go back inside the college building to call her family.

The driver was detained by the Hai’a, but he denied the allegations. The case has been transferred to the BIP. — SG

Divorce and blackmail in KINGDOM


JEDDAH — For many expatriates in the Kingdom, divorce is viewed negatively in their respective cultures and as a result many families and spouses are accused of using blackmail to avoid going through a divorce. Many women who spoke to Saudi Gazette said their husbands use emotional blackmail whenever talk of separation arises. Similarly, men said wives use children as an excuse to continue with a dysfunctional relationship.

“My husband blackmailed me and gathered my whole family, including my sick mother, when I asked for a Khula. He told me I have a sick ailing mother and I shouldn’t give her grief at this age. All of my brothers and sisters living in Pakistan and Canada told me not to file for Khula and to stay with him as his wife for the sake of our family name and mother’s health,” said Saaeda Rizwan, a 32-year-old Pakistani fitness trainer living in Dahran.

Rihana Saqib, a 35-year-old housewife from India said her husband refused to give her a Khula and said she has no choice but to live with him. “He threatened to take custody of our children and tell my family I cheated on him,” Rihana said while adding that Asian families tend to favor men and regard divorcees as a burden.

“My mother refused to have me back. She said I can go live on my own but I should not return to my family home as I will bring shame to the family name. Society thinks a chaste woman will live with her husband no matter what. Society hails women who are mistreated by their husbands or in laws yet remain with them.”

Saleem Arshad, a 25-year-old Indian engineer acknowledged the problems women face in getting a divorce, but said they should not give into emotional blackmail. “People in our society, even the educated ones living abroad have the same mentality. They pretty much believe in ‘sati’ where women are burned with their husbands’ dead bodies. Parents do not want their daughters to get a divorce for the sake of their reputation. It is inhumane. I am saddened by the very thought of it.”

Naeem Farhad, a 44-year-old Bangladeshi mechanic living in Jeddah told Saudi Gazette most men avoid divorce because wives blackmail them with their children. “When I wanted to divorce my wife she told me I was sinning as a father and as a husband. She said I am liable for my children’s future. I told her my children would live with me but she threatened to take her life and made me swear on my children. It was like a Pakistani drama TV series gone bad.”

Shahla Baig, a 48-year-old Indian housewife living in Jeddah said her husband threatened her with religion and family when she asked for Khula.

He said “If I remarry no other man would devote himself to my children and they will never be loved again. He also said I was too old to ask for Khula and that I will give his family a bad name.” Shahla said her husband instead let her live in his house as the mother of his children. “I am surprised he has not asked me to pay rent because I live like a tenant and we barely interact. I am living with him for the sake of my six children. But he still refuses to give me Khula whenever I ask him.”

Khadeeja Khan, a 25-year-old Pakistani graphic design student living in Jeddah said: “It is shameful to see how our society treats divorce. In Islam, a woman can remarry; she has the right, just like a man to live a respectable life with dignity. My Saudi friend who got divorced was married the same year. Her parents and brothers supported her. I have been trying to get a divorce for three years, but my parents said they will disown me the moment I take the step.” Khadeeja said her parent’s behavior has been the biggest setback for her emotionally. “Seeing how my own family treats me, my husband has lost respect for me. I don’t blame him. I blame our society.”

Thursday, October 11, 2012

پأاکستانی کمیونٹی کی جانب سے بین الاقوامی ٹیلی فون کالز پر ٹیکس پر شدید احتجاج

Pakistani Expatriates cant make low rate calls now.

طلبا تنظیموں اور اہم کمیونیٹی رہنماو،ںنے حکومتِ پاکستان کی جانب سے بین الاقوامی ٹیلی فون کالوں پر آٹھ سو فی صد تک ٹیکس عائد کرنے پر شدید احتجاج کرتے ہوئے اس کی مذمت کی ہے اور اسے فوری طور پر واپس لینے کا مطالبہ کیا ہے۔ سویڈن اور یورپ میں مقیم پاکستانیوں کا کہنا ہے کہ حکومت پاکستان ہمارا اپنے اہلِ خانہ کے ساتھ رابطہ بھی منقطع کرنے کی کوشش کررہی ہے۔ ملک کے شدید خراب حالات کے پیشِ نظر بیرونِ ملک مقیم پاکستانی اپنے عزیز و اکربا کی خیریت معلوم کرنے کی خاطر اکثر فون کا ہی سہارا لیتے ہیں۔ حکومت نے لوڈ شیڈنگ کرکے انٹر نیٹ کی سہولت کو پہلے ہی محدود کررکھا ہے اب فون کا رابطہ بھی مشکل بنایا جارہاہے۔ دنیا بھر کی حکومتیں اپنے بیرونِ ملک شہریوں کو سہولتیں دیتی ہیں مگر پاکستان کی حکومت اس کے برعکس ہے اور اس وقت پاکستان کے لیے فون سب سے مہنگا ہے۔ کچھ یورپی ممالک میں کساد بازاری کی وجہ سے لوگ پہلے ہی مالی مشکلات کا شکار ہیں اور اُن کے لیے مہنگا فون کرنا ممکن نہ ہوگا۔ بیرونِ ملک مقیم پاکستانی پہلے ہی ملکی معیشت میں ریڑھ کی ہڈی کا کردار ادا کررہے ہیں اُن پر مزید بوجھ ڈالنے اور اُن کی جیب پر نظر رکھنے کی بجائے حکومت اپنے غیر ضروری اخراجات کم کرے۔ کمیونیٹی رہنماؤں نے مطالبہ کیا کہ اس اضافہ کو واپس لیتے ہوئے یکم اکتوبر سے پہلے والے ریٹ بحال کیے جائیں بطور، دیگر پاکستانی سفارت خانوں کے باہر مظاہرے کیے جائیں گے۔ اگر بیرونِ ملک پاکستانیوں نے اپنے ہی ملک کے سفارت خانوں کے باہر مظاہرے شروع کردیے تو یہ ملک کی مزید بدنامی کا باعث ہوگا جس سے بچنے کے لیے حکومت کو اضافہ واپس لے لینا چاہیے۔

ایک وقت میں ایک ہزار خواتین کو بلیک میل کرنے واالا سعودی گرفتار

سعودی عرب میں مذہبی پولیس نے ایک شخص کو ایک ہزار تہتر خواتین سے روابط اور ان میں سے بعض کو بلیک میل کرنے کے الزام میں گرفتار کر لیا ہے۔اخباری اطلاعات کے مطابق اس شخص کے اتنی زیادہ تعداد میں خواتین سے روابط کا بھانڈا اس کے موبائل فون نے پھوڑا ہے اور اس کے فون سیٹ میں ان خواتین کے رابطہ نمبرز پائے گئے ہیں۔ سعودی عرب کی مذہبی پولیس نے اس مشتبہ شخص کے سے بعض نازیبا تصاویر بھی برآمد کی ہیں۔ ان میں وہ بعض عورتوں کے ساتھ غیر شائستہ انداز میں دیکھا جا سکتا ہے۔ اس کے علاوہ اس سے بعض ویڈیوز بھی ملی ہیں۔ ان میں وہ خواتین کو تشدد کا نشانہ بنا رہا ہے۔ ان میں سے بعض خواتین نے اس بات اعتراف کیا ہے کہ یہ مشتبہ شخص انھیں حیلے بہانوں سے بلیک میل کرتا رہا ہے۔ سعودی روزنامے 'عکاظ' میں شائع ہونے والی ایک رپورٹ کے مطابق اس شخص نے ان خواتین کو دھمکی دی تھی کہ اگر انھوں نے اسے رقوم اور زیورات نہیں دیے تو وہ ان کی تصاویر انٹرنیٹ پر پوسٹ کر دے گا۔ وہ اس سے قبل دو مرتبہ جیل کی ہوا کھا چکا ہے لیکن اس کے باوجود وہ اپنی مذموم حرکات سے باز نہیں آیا تھا۔اخبار کے مطابق اس شخص نے دھوکا دہی اور فراڈ کے ذریعے خواتین کے نمبر حاصل کیے تھے۔ ان نمبرز کو اس نے اپنے موبائل میں محفوظ کر لیا تھا اور پھر وہ ان کی مدد خواتین کو بلیک میل کرتا رہا تھا۔