Monday, January 28, 2013

Rumors quashed about exit/re-entry fee hike

Rumors quashed about exit/re-entry fee hike

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


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Arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf | Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the authorities to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, television reports said.

The apex court ordered the prime minister’s arrest during a hearing of the rental power projects case.

The bench ordered the arrest of 16 persons, including the premier, and directed the authorities to present Prime Minister Ashraf in court tomorrow.

The prime minister has been accused of receiving kickbacks and commission in the RPPs case as minister for water and power.

In the case, nine RPPs firms were accused of receiving more than Rs22 billion as a mobilisation advance from the government to commission the projects but most of them did not set up their plants and a few of them installed them but with inordinate delay.

In March 2012, the Supreme Court had held the RPP contracts non-transparent and ordered that these be rescinded.

The court had also ordered National Accountability Bureau chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari to proceed with corruption references against those who were at the helm of affairs when the contracts were signed between 2006 and 2008 to overcome the energy shortfall through RPPs as a stopgap arrangement.

The unlucky ones who were expected to face criminal charges at the time of the apex court’s ruling included Liaquat Jatoi, Raja Pervez Ashraf as well as Naveed Qamar and Waqar Masood. During their tenures, down payment to different RPPs was increased from seven to 14 per cent.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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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.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

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.”