UAE businessman pledges Rs10 million for repatriation of stranded Pakistanis 

Suhail Galadari poses for a photograph with the prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, during a meeting in Dubai on Saturday, July 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis)
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Updated 28 July 2020

UAE businessman pledges Rs10 million for repatriation of stranded Pakistanis 

  • Suhail Galadari also announced Galadari Brothers group’s plans to invest in Pakistan’s tourism sector
  • He made the commitment during a meeting with the Pakistani prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis 

ISLAMABAD: Emirati businessman Suhail Galadari pledged to donate Rs10 million ($60,000) to help repatriate Pakistani nationals stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) amid coronavirus shutdowns, the prime minister’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis confirmed to Arab News on Sunday. 
Galadari is a co-chairman of Galadari Brothers, an Emirati conglomerate with a portfolio including stakes in the sectors of construction, hospitality and media. The group owns UAE’s English-language newspaper the Khaleej Times. 

“I have the utmost gratitude for him (Galadari) to donate Rs10 million to help those people that will be repatriated back to Pakistan,” the prime minister’s aide, Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, told Arab News. 
Galadari made the commitment during a meeting with Bukhari in Dubai on Saturday. He also announced plans to invest in Pakistan’s tourism sector. 
“It’s wonderful news for us that the Galadari family who are pioneers in Dubai and the UAE in five-star hotels are looking to venture into Pakistan,” Bukhari said, “We hope to welcome them with open arms and hope that the Pakistani government and Galadari family can work closely together so that we can use their expertise and investment to promote five-star tourism in Pakistan as it has some of the most beautiful diverse landscapes in the world.” 
Bukhari was on an official visit to the UAE to discuss with Emirati officials the situation of Pakistani workers in the Gulf state’s post-COVID-19 labor market. 
On Thursday, he met with Human Resources and Emiratization Minister Nasser bin Thani Al-Hamli to discuss issues related to Pakistanis residing in the Emirates. 
“We also discussed the availability of jobs for Pakistanis in UAE,” Bukhari said in a press conference after the meeting, adding that since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, around 36,000 Pakistanis in the UAE had been laid off and were returning home. 


Bilawal says Sindh police chief was forced to arrest ex-PM's son-in-law

Updated 20 October 2020

Bilawal says Sindh police chief was forced to arrest ex-PM's son-in-law

  • Army chief orders immediate inquiry into the matter, military media wing says
  • Sindh police chief, other senior officials request paid leave saying they have been ‘ridiculed’ and feel ‘demoralized’

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Tuesday that Inspector General (IG) Police Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar was “taken away” from his residence on Monday and forced to register a complaint against Captain (r) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, for chanting political slogans at the mausoleum of the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Safdar was briefly detained by the police on Monday after he was nabbed from his room at a local hotel in Karachi. He was visiting the city along with his wife, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to participate in a public rally arranged by the opposition Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) as part of its campaign to bring down the government.
Addressing a charged press conference, the PPP chairman highlighted the frustration of the Sindh police.
“Who besieged the IG’s house at 2am,” he asked. “Who were the two people who entered his residence and where was he taken at 4am?”
Several top officials of Sindh police also sent their leave applications to the provincial administration to record their protest, saying they could not fulfill their duties in such a “stressful situation” and needed to take some time off to come out of the “state of shock.”
“The chief minister [Murad Ali Shah] has announced an investigation,” said the PPP chairman. “The officers are resigning and proceeding on leave one by one. This is matter of their dignity.”
Referring to Safdar’s arrest, Bilawal said: “It was shameful. No matter how much I condemn it, it will still be insufficient. I am ashamed. I am not able to show my face to anyone after what has happened in my province.”
The PPP chairman said that the case against Safdar was politically motivated and weak, adding that members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), including Prime Minister Imran Khan, acted in the same way at Jinnah’s mausoleum several times in the past.
“I demand of the [Director General Inter-Services Intelligence] General Faiz Hameed and [Chief of Army Staff] General Qamar Javed Bajwa to investigate their institutions to see how they are working in this province. Whoever has given you this advice, this is wrong and will damage the dignity of your institutions,” he added.
Safdar’s wife and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Sharif had already claimed in one of her press talks that the Sindh police chief was picked up by Rangers, a paramilitary force, and “taken to the sector commander’s office” where he was asked to make the arrest.
However, the PPP chairman’s news conference was promptly followed by an announcement of the military’s media wing, ISPR, that said that the army chief had order inquiry into the “Karachi incident.”
“Taking notice of the Karachi incident, the COAS has directed Commander Karachi Corps to immediately inquire into the circumstances to determine the facts and report back as soon as possible,” said the brief statement.
It was later announced that the army chief also telephoned the PPP chairman to discuss the situation with him.

 

 

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah had already announced in a news conference earlier in the day that he had formed a ministerial committee to probe the matter. However, he left the conference room without responding to questions related to the top police official in Sindh or what he had undergone the day Safdar was arrested.