Kwait asked to allow visas to Pakistan familiesSeptember 25, 2014
KARACHI: The Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International, Ansar Burney, on Wednesday congratulated Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on receiving the United Nations international award of humanitarian.
Burney said the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh had shown remarkable acts of human kindness and generosity in the support of humanitarian operations in nations around the world. He asked Amir of Kuwait on humanitarian grounds that something be done to lift ban at least upon family visas of parents, wife and children under 18 as family members being sponsored by (Pakistani sponsor with Kuwaiti valid residency) could not be taken as security risk and hope that soon the Kuwait government would sure consider the appeal in the greater interest of family human rights.
Burney again sent letters to the Amir of Kuwait, Deputy Amir, Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh of Kuwai in the greater interest of human families and humanity to open visa for the families of Pakistanis living and working in Kuwait.
Burney in this regard also sent letters to Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the request to intervene and negotiate with the Kuwait government in this humanitarian matter to make all possible efforts in this regard to help Pakistani families in getting visas.
He also requested Pakistan government to assist the Ansar Burney Trust International in this important matter.
Burney said that there was a total ban on all types of visas for the families of Pakistanis in Kuwait. The ban, imposed on nationals from Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan, 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.
Burney said reportedly there had been a number of cases where families were 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.
Burney requested Kuwait to consider Ansar Burney Trust International appeal on humanitarian grounds and allow visas to families of Pakistanis working in Kuwait.