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Nadeem Irshad Kiyani Visited EP and met with Pakistanis Community
Ishaq Rana Editor Eastern Region KSA

(Ishaq Rana Khobar March 29, 2002) Mr. Nadeem Irshad Kiyani, Community Welfare Attaché, Embassy of Pakistan visited Eastern Province and met with Pakistani community in different cities and provided them information regarding remittances to Pakistan and issuance of Silver and Gold Cards and facilities provided to overseas Pakistanis on possessing these cards. He said the remittances to Pakistan have increased 60%. He also listened to the questions and complaints of the Pakistani community on the matters related to embassy. He also informed the Pakistanis how the welfare section of embassy works for the betterment of Pakistanis. He said we take care of the diseased Pakistanis and make arrangements to send their corpses, visit prisons and look after the Pakistanis and negotiate with Saudi Government for their release. Also we visit the companies for Pakistani manpower supply. He said proudly that we have very cordial and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia. The Servitor of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz and his Government love Pakistan and like Pakistanis. We the Pakistani also consider Saudi Arabia our second home. He advised the Pakistani that we should respect the law of land and will not do anything contrary to jeopardize our brotherly relations. He said last year 2000 Doctors and nurses arrived in the Kingdom.

He explained the advantages of remittances to Pakistan through legal channels.

If a Pakistani remits $2500 in a calendar year he gets the following facilities:

1.                   Separate counter facility at the airports

2.                   No fee is charged for issuance and renewal of passport

3.                   Increased of $700 in personal duty free allowance

If a Pakistani remits $10000 in a calendar year he gets the following facilities in addition to the above:

1.                   His Personal duty free allowance will be increased to $1200

2.                   His children will be enrolled in Government colleges and universities against special seats reserved for them.

3.                   He will be allowed to participate in the auctions of residence and industrial plots

4.                   He will be given preference in Privatization schemes

There was question and answer session at the end in which many questions related to remittances and other matters were asked. The most important question that was asked was regarding the deadline of new computerized National I D cards. Mr. Kiyani told Pakistanis that the old ID Cards would remain valid until new cards are issued to overseas Pakistanis by NADRA. There is no deadline for them. Embassy is already negotiating with Government in this connection.
The other question was regarding the remittance in dollar accounts. Mr. Kiyani replied that they are not included in this scheme. One has to convert them in Pak rupees to get included in this scheme. The attendees were not convinced and considered it odd.
Also a question regarding the free of charges issuance and renewal of passport meant nothing for the gold and silver cardholders as the card is issued for one year and the passports are issued and renewed for 5 years. So this facility will useful for few whose passport will be expiring within a year. Pakistani requested to increase the validity of cards.
Scheme details in Urdu

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