M Z Rifat
A large number of Pakistanis are settled and working in a number of foreign countries including Islamic countries and more are planning to go abroad for earning livelihood and contributing to a great extent to improve living standard of their families and also making their share towards national economic growth through their home remittances. Somehow, for the last many years Kuwait had banned issuing working visas to Pakistanis.
According to media reports, PM Nawaz Sharif had also taken up this issue with Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Jaber Al-Sabah during his just concluded successful visit to brother Islamic country. The Amir of Kuwait acceded to the request and ordered immediate removal of restrictions on issuance of visas to Pakistanis. This is good news for the intending Pakistani immigrants to Kuwait indeed. More than 114000 Pakistanis are already living and working in Kuwait in different fields. Reports said that the prime minister had also held quite fruitful meetings with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Hamad Al-Sabah, the Speaker of the National Parliament of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti businessmen and investors urging them to benefit from immense economic opportunities which are available in Pakistan. Results of useful deliberations which the prime minister had held with Kuwaiti leadership will start bearing fruit, hopefully, in due course up through follow up at the appropriate level. However, removal of Kuwaiti restrictions on issuance of visas to Pakistanis was the immediate outcome which is quite appreciable, indeed.