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Just one warning to all foreign nationals in UAE to leave in one week and say we will hit all flights from dubai and Abu Dhabi etc
Within one week most of the foreign nationals will leave uae and then these Arabs will get some sense

pakistan do not need to attack uae at all , world will go mad on it and only a warning will put uae into its proper place
 

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Although, I agree with you that Pakistani expats who want to make a living should move toward the western countries but the problem is it's not feasible for everyone to go to these countries, especially considering that most of the Pakistani Diaspora in GCC countries consist of blue collar workers, so it would be very difficult for them immigrate to the countries that you have mentioned, not to the mention the visa and immigration costs as well.



Its good that shitty countries like UAE block Pakistani visa so that Pakistanis can move to Europe or USA.

They ll have more influence there and will also get nationality and good education. Arab countries are doomed with renewable energy frontier opening, oil will loose its worth.
 

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A very small slice. UAE is flattering itself too much. Pakistan is a country of almost 300 million. Our future is bright.
Although, I agree with you that Pakistani expats who want to make a living should move toward the western countries but the problem is it's not feasible for everyone to go to these countries, especially considering that most of the Pakistani Diaspora in GCC countries consist of blue collar workers, so it would be very difficult for them immigrate to the countries that you have mentioned, not to the mention the visa and immigration costs as well.
Just keep working with Iran, China, Turkey, Malaysia and other friendly nations. Arabs are selling their own future and blood. They will find out soon enough.

What is the hardship for Pakistan? Missing some dirhams? This is no future relying on expats to drive your economy. Peanuts is what remittances are. Sending your people to foreign land to be scolded and abused by Arabs. Build your economy and join hands with regional nations to trade. Learn from various trading blocs and unions around the world.
Idk how many times Pakistan/Pakistanis have to be kicked around before some shame and realization kicks in. Focus on building a strong economy should be number one priority. It will not happen overnight...but just keep ur head down and keep working at it. So long as we rely on other countries(for jobs/remittances/loans/aid)...they can treat us like their servants. In this world...respect can only be commanded from a position of power.
We have people from within who don't want Pakistan to be economically viable. These people have vested interests and are on payroll of others. Hence the doomsday propaganda.

The government needs to grow a spine now. Time has come to make a choice. If UAE and Saudis don't want to support Pakistan monetarily that is fine. Pakistan should not be held hostage. Do the right thing even if it means losing others. Pakistan is a big and strong country. It can survive without Arab handouts.

Make no mistake. Saudis and UAE are already on Indian side.
 
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Although, I agree with you that Pakistani expats who want to make a living should move toward the western countries but the problem is it's not feasible for everyone to go to these countries, especially considering that most of the Pakistani Diaspora in GCC countries consist of blue collar workers, so it would be very difficult for them immigrate to the countries that you have mentioned, not to the mention the visa and immigration costs as well.

I know its not easy. Pakistanis have worked hard in Middle East for decades, what did they get in return nothing.


Its a false assumption that some how our country is dependent on Middle East. How much Arabs helped when our soldiers and citizens were dying on the streets in war on terror. How much they helped Pakistan in 1965 or 1971.

They want Pakistan to protect them but don't want to help in return.
 

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I know its not easy. Pakistanis have worked hard in Middle East for decades, what did they get in return nothing.


Its a false assumption that some how our country is dependent on Middle East. How much Arabs helped when our soldiers and citizens were dying on the streets in war on terror. How much they helped Pakistan in 1965 or 1971.

They want Pakistan to protect them but don't want to help in return.

Well actually its the Arabs that brought the curse of wahabism on our shores and we paid a heavy price for it.
 

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It's fake news but it shouldnt matter. Within 10 years we should aim to have a nation where there is no shortage of jobs for labourers and the semi skilled. Within 20 years we ought to have a nation which is drawing back high skilled expats.

There are businesses on the ground working on this, each and every one of us should be working towards this. Even if you can't make the. Move, help build a Pakistan where your kids can.
 

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UAE blocks key source of income as it refuses to issue work visas to Pakistanis



ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer

KARACHI -- Pakistan's overseas laborers are paying the price for one of their government's foreign policy decisions now that the United Arab Emirates has banned them from receiving work visas. Islamabad lost favor with Gulf states after it tried to align itself with a Turkey-Iran-Malaysia bloc challenging Saudi Arabia's leadership of the Muslim world.
The UAE last month temporarily banned the citizens of 13 Muslim majority countries, including Pakistan, from receiving work and visit visas. At the time, it was speculated that the ban was a measure to help prevent the coronavirus's spread.
COVID-19 data from World Health Organization now throws this into question.

Per WHO, Pakistan had 1,813 COVID-19 cases per 1 million people at the end of November. In India, the number was 6,883. Still, Pakistanis, not Indians, were barred from receiving UAE visas. Local reports have since put the ban down to unspecified security concerns.
About 1.3 million laborers from Pakistan have found jobs in the UAE during the past five years. In October, a month before the visa ban, Pakistan received of $2.28 billion in remittances from its overseas workers, $504 million of which came from the UAE, the second-largest source, after Saudi Arabia.
The visa refusals will keep precious foreign remittances from flowing into Pakistan's struggling economy. But the ban packs something of a double blow: To the dismay of Islamabad, the UAE jobs Pakistanis used to fill are now going to the citizens of archrival India.


According to a local media report, a recruitment agency in Rawalpindi, Pakistan's fourth-largest city, in Punjab Province, has experienced a flight of 3,000 UAE openings to India.
James M. Dorsey, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore, says the UAE has recently liberalized its visa regime to attract highly skilled expatriates. Therefore, political factors cannot be ruled out in Abu Dhabi's decision to ban Pakistanis from receiving visas. "If UAE is preferring Indian labor over Pakistani," he told Nikkei, "then it's due to the importance of India for UAE."

Experts link the UAE's blacklisting to disruptive foreign policy decisions made by Islamabad.
Malik Siraj Akbar, a South Asia-based analyst in Washington, believes that despite a weak and dependent economy, Pakistan maintains an assertive foreign policy which often ends up irking more economically powerful countries. "If a foreign policy stance hurts a country's economy and ends up annoying one or two countries," Akbar told Nikkei, "then it is simply flawed and needs to be reviewed."

Experts link the UAE's decision to Pakistan's alignment with Turkey, Iran and Malaysia. Last December, these countries held the Kuala Lumpur Summit to challenge the Saudi-dominated Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC. Pakistan backed out of the summit at the last moment when Saudi Arabia reportedly threatened it with economic sanctions.

But eight months later, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi criticized the OIC for not taking a firm stance against India on the Kashmir issue. Consequently, Saudi Arabia demanded Pakistan repay $3 billion that the kingdom had lent it earlier in 2019 for balance of payments support. Experts see the UAE's visa decision as a continuation of the Gulf state's diplomatic hostility toward Pakistan.

The S. Rajaratnam School's Dorsey says Islamabad's alignment with Turkey is linked to the growing popularity of Turkey in Pakistan. "Turkey is more vocal on Kashmir, as opposed to Gulf states, and it's natural that Pakistan will align itself with Turkey rather than UAE or Saudi Arabia," he said.

Another foreign partner is also bolstering Pakistan's mettle.
"Pakistan has gained a lot of confidence in the realm of foreign policy since the announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor," said Akbar, referring to a key part of Chinese President Xi Jinping's flagship Belt and Road megaproject. He added that with nearly unlimited and unconditional support from Beijing, Islamabad now has the backbone to take a stronger stance toward the Middle East.

Some experts also see Israel playing a role in the UAE's decision to ban work visas to Pakistanis. Last week, local media quoted Prime Minister Imran Khan saying the U.S. and other friendly countries are pressuring Pakistan to recognize Israel. Experts believe the friendly countries are the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Hasaan Khawar, a retired civil servant and currently a public policy analyst based in Islamabad, says the Abraham Accords, a U.S.-brokered agreement between the UAE and Israel to normalize relations, could be at the root of Abu Dhabi refusing to issue visas to Pakistani laborers.

"Security has been cited as the key reason for this ban," he told Nikkei, "which is highly likely given that [the] UAE has recently entered into [the] Abraham Accords."

UAE did not block work visas but put on hold for visit visas and as per reports that ban also lifted.
 

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A very small slice. UAE is flattering itself too much. Pakistan is a country of almost 300 million. Our future is bright.


Just keep working with Iran, China, Turkey, Malaysia and other friendly nations. Arabs are selling their own future and blood. They will find out soon enough.

What is the hardship for Pakistan? Missing some dirhams? This is no future relying on expats to drive your economy. Peanuts is what remittances are. Sending your people to foreign land to be scolded and abused by Arabs.


Make no mistake. Saudis and UAE are already on Indian side.
I agree with you to some extent that Pakistan need to be self reliant, we should stop depending on aid from Western countries but you also need to understand that remitance from GCC aren't peanuts especially for a country like Pakistan which already has been suffering with balance of Payments crisis (When it comes to trades) and these remitances do help us a lot especially when 60% of are from GCC countries,

Until we become self reliant, we can't afford to have our expats to be sent back home, you need to keep in mind the effect it will have own our already flailing economy.
 

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I don't agree with this sentiment expressed by members in this thread. I think we've gained absolutely nothing from this empty posturing and may have already lost quite a bit by alienating some friends that not only have cash and other means of support, but that have also put their money on the line when we have needed it every time.

Turkey is indeed a brotherly country, but besides access to hardware and stance on Kashmir, it isn't anywhere near Saudi in terms of its historic or recent contribution to helping our state. In the coming years, Turkey will not help bail you out in the next financial crisis, Malaysia will not employ millions of your workers to bolster your economy and remittances. Iran can be useful to us long term, but right now it's of no use when we try to lobby Washington, where Arabs might have assisted us, this relation would only hamper efforts.

We can continue having red lines, that's fine. Even in the previous parliament, the NA and the government ruled that we would not involve ourselves in the Yemen conflict. GCC was disappointed and upset, but relations continued on, they later even helped bail us out in 2018. We lost out on some support from the Yemen decision, but it was worth it not to cross a certain line, and relations continued.

However, the recent lack of tact in dealing with the GCC, feebly and unilaterally attempting to bridge Iran-Saudi "ties" was a bonehead move by the PM, well meaning but foolish nonetheless. Then SMQ making incendiary and careless remarks against the Kingdom, followed by us posturing for a rather fruitless alliance with Turkey and Malaysia. All these moves have been damaging and ill-conceived. It's still not too late to rethink policy and make some course correction. You should only play hardball with your foes, not with historic allies that have helped you disproportionately. And you only posture up when you're capable of it, not when you're surviving on the charity and good kindness of others.

Please do not be upset by these remarks, this my feeling on the matter, and I know for a fact it's a sentiment that is echoed in various corridors of power in Pakistan.
 

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Pakistan + Indonesia = 500 Million people

Turkey is super advanced in all facets of technology

lets make this happen

these 3 can become a united strong force

imagine a military alliance between these 3

tough , hard, well equipped and trained

Indonesians are also strong people, Malaysia is a bit weak I think but great country
 

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