Role of overseas Pakistanis in the development of Pakistan

Dear friends

Asslam O Alaikum

Current prevailing situation in our beloved country is a matter of concern for all of us, political unrest, energy crises, declining foreign exchange reserves, out flow of investments and above all, alarming increase in violence are posing a real threat to economic and social stability in Pakistan.

Our problems are deep rooted and require a lot of struggle and hardship to overcome. Here I want to start some discussions about the problems our country is facing and how we can help to overcome these problems. I have noticed that many knowledgeable Pakistani friends do visit this site frequently. I would like to take this opportunity to invite them to take part in these discussions and oblige us. I myself am not highly educated and expert Pakistani but I am sure that a lot of visiting friends do have the ability and expertise to participate and share their views with other friends. I can reserve a separate domain for this purpose but let us start from here first.

First of all let us discuss about the role of overseas Pakistanis in the development of Pakistan, how we can help to bring progress and prosperity in Pakistan.

God bless you all.

Best Regards

Overseas

143 Comments

  1. Javed

    REMITTANCES – DRAWING ROOM SCHEMES

    Dr. Farooq Sattar after taking over as Minister for Overseas Pakistanis in his first statement stated that remittances from Overseas Pakistanis (OPs) will increase as the government was taking steps to achieve it including sending more workforce abroad. His statement surely is based on summary prepared by the bureaucracy which is expert in drawing such beautiful green garden designs sitting in air conditioned offices over coffee and free phone chat on office expense.

    2. Under the title “Indians being to return from as the Gulf dreams crash”, Siddhartha Kumar in Business Recorder of 18 February 2009 writes that the construction companies in Dubai have booked planes next month to fly 20,000 to 30,000 workers back to India while white collar Indian professionals and technicians are facing the axe from UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain etc. Business Recorder 19 February 2009 in its article “Remittances from South Asians in Gulf drops by 9%” says that the Pakistan with 56% of its remittances coming from the Gulf is expected to be hit in the second half of 2009. The whole world knows there is no more scope at least at present and in the very near future of any large scale foreign workforce employment in the middle east.

    3. Our governments always plan high profile schemes like last week’s one for providing the Overseas Pakistanis (OPs) tele banking whereas the normal banking has become hard for them. Our own resources due to the unfortunate law and order situation mainly created by outside forces can not afford us such schemes for OPs which involve spending of national money where even a common service like the ATM is not available to all in big cities like Karachi, Islamabad. Dr. Farooq Sattar fortunately belongs to a real educated class not merely a certificate holder and more particularly from 120 sq.yds residents lower middle class. I am also resident on a similar 120 sq.yds in the same Federal B Area of Karachi which is the birth place of MQM. Dr. Sattar with present set up I very much doubt can practically deliver anything to the OPs. Raising big slogans of providing this and that, making Karachi a Hong Kong only suits other parties like PPP not to educated people like that of MQM. Dr. Farooq Sattar and MQM taking the opportunity of its presence if can do two very simple things will be as big as that of getting the whole Kashmir annex to Pakistan. The first one is taking advantage of its majority hold in Karachi City Local Government, it saves the 1975 established Mehran Town Housing Scheme for Overseas Pakistanis situated in Korangi from the hands of encroachers and gets it officially declared as a small cottage industrial area. According to JANG and The News at present anyone without any fear can sit on any plot in this Scheme the only thing needed is to erect a bamboo flying “a” political party’s flag over. Every government claimed that OPs were very dear to it. Nawaz Sharif sloganed that the OPs whether holding Pakistani passports or foreign were Pakistanis, Pakistan was their home and they belonged to one family. He further stated that they can any time come their home Pakistan and do whatever they wanted. But same Nawaz Sharif after taking form their pockets for Qarz Uttaro immediately created a separate National ID Card for Overseas Pakistanis/Pakistan Origin Card only and only to fetch and generate more money. Dr. Farooq Sattar/MQM taking its presence can well do if it takes up seriously that those OPs who after having served abroad for 20 or more years when come back permanently as endorsed on their Passports by the Pakistan Embassies, are treated as pensioners and are allowed to join National Savings pensioners scheme. This is a minor thing but elite bureaucracy would not like to do it as this idea does not involve any expense from the national exchequer and this bureaucracy likes only those schemes on fetch huge expense. Those Governments who can not do such small things needing no task force, no expenditure etc how can their words be trusted.

  2. Yamin Khan

    Role of Pakistan embassy in Vienna Austria

    our embassy in vienna is just make problems with pakistanis,some times we think why they behave in a such a way like shoodars.Mr Zardari says overseas pakistanis may help pakistan,how come we could help pakistan,when pakistani diplomats are not sincere to pakistan,Mr Khalid accepts EURO´S in private contacts and official fees are ignored.this kind of mentality creates a lot of hurdles for pakistanis,and they dont care abt how much we are sacrificing for pakistan.pakistani diplomates are not interested for pakistanis just to make money,then they try to take asylum in european countries.our government is live in just slogans.
    Where is FOZIA WHAHAB PPP´S info:secretry,why cant open her mouth in this case.

    we can pray only for our Pakistan & for our country men.

  3. Javed

    SHAHANA UNAIS ARTICLE NO 32

    She requests all Overseas Pakistanis (OPs) to vote in every election and be ready to vote through Pakistan Embassies. She further says we have to select righ persons and get rid of these political con artists.

    I do not understand when one does not have the proper knowledge of anything why to indulge in advising others. Shahana does not have the basic knowledge that Overseas Pakistanis have no right of vote as such how can they vote through Embassy. The Embassies have no arrangements to hold. In Pakistan history only once OPs participated in Refrendum during Musharraf regime.

    My sister thus in other words perhaps advises all the Overseas Pakistani to spend at an average Rs. 60,000 minimum travel expense from Middle East for a trip to ensure cast vote in Pakistan and at an average Rs. 180,000 from USA/Europe to prove one a truly civic minded Pakistani.

    Her advice to OPs is on the plea that that OPs would select right people and thus get rid of “political-con-artists”. My first question to my sister is are the OPS not from the same general society who select the “political-con artists”?

    There was a general belief that since mostly uneducated politicians comes from feudal lord families hence they do not pay any attention for the betterment of the masses and indulge themselves into misrule. It was believed when the lower middle and educated class will come in power they would do eathe real good goverance. This belief died when the real educated and lower middle class MQM came into power. Not doubt it did not come in exclusive power nevertheless what performance it showed the hope and belief of middle class and educated ones died.

    Then another belief got generated that since Oversesas Pakistan had seen good governance abroad when they would come into power they will run the country with rationale policies for the betterment of the masses and the country. In the last assembly more about 20 parliamentarians were Overseas Pakistanis settled abroad. Their performance was the worst than feudal uneducated or doubtful degree holder traditional politicians. Take the educated OP of Senator Tareq Azeem seeing him the belief on OPs too had long died.

    OPENING OF ACCOUNT

    MIHAS through his post above advises someone to tell Pakistani authorities that while country is begging Overseas Pakistanis bring more foreign exchange on the other hand with his hands full of foreign currency bank drafts of huge amounts he is unable to open an account in Lahore as each bank is hesitant opening of account and want to know source of his income. He is dealing online shares transaction hence his inability.

    In response to it Mr. OVERSEAS (Post 34) sends Mr. Minhas’s complaint to State Bank of Pakistan. However Overseas wish to know from Minhas which Bank in Lahore he tried to open his new account as SBP may ask for further information. Overseas wants to know which banks Minhas went who refused to which Minhas replies “HSBC and Habib Metropolitan Bank”.

    I have full sympathies with Minhas and can feel his pain in not getting his account opened but I would also at the same say that before being critical to the country, nation or institutions one must be clean to himself too. Mr. Overseas has taken the story of Minhas at par as written whereas I can not take his story fully as it definitely has some fishy smell in it.

    Minhas went to Banks in Lahore with huge amounts bank drafts in his hand or hand bags. The Banks refused opening of the account and they did it legally and rightly. Since this blog is of Overseas Pakistanis (OPs), I am sure Mr. Minhas must himself is or had been an OP before coming back to Lahore. However that does not matter much. I may increase the knowledge of Minhas as well as alike him who feel everything in Pakistan is black that today if I go to London with my hand full of Bank drafts in pound sterling or to Canada with Bank draft in Canadian dollars or anywhere else no bank will open my account like Banks in Lahore did unless I satisfy them with “documents” my recognized source of income. Since 9/11 the world has agreed to keep a watch on deposits, transactions and dealing of big amounts. All such transactions are properly recorded. For example any of my relative sends me Pak Rs. 10 lacks or above from the middle east the Bank there will not issue the Bank Draft unless my relative fills up a special Form now designed identifying himself as well as showing the purpose of sending money and what is his source of income. Likewise under universally agreed practice when I will deposit the same bank draft in my account in Pakistan the SBP would too require a similar declaration.

    Minhas says he is dealing On Line Shares business. Here it is smelling foul. On Line Shares business is a legal business and thousands and thousands are earning their livelihood through this modern gadget. But payment to such people come through established channels. Minhas has not established his own Stock Exchange. He is doing On Line Business through some stock trading company (On Line). Minhas is not selling or busying shares physically directly from registered seller but through some stock trading company. Hence all transactions are through that stock company through which he is dealing as such all payments though debited/credited in Minhas’s account but through the company. Hence any physical payment through a Bank Draft or through electronic transaction (through a bank not directly) will come from that stock trading company. And such a bank draft thus does not come just lying in a post envelope but with a covering letter. Why Minhas is not giving those documents to the Bank enabling it to open the account. In simple words the huge amount bank drafts are coming to Minhas from some people – Minhas just needs to apprise the bank with documents who these people are and why they are sending huge amounts – simply he can do is take a letter from the stock trading company through which he is dealing certifying that he is doing online trading and deposit it with the Bank. The matter will finish.

    ALLAH has given the man an item called “use the brain”. To every problem there almost exists a solution. It is generally said the tougher the laws or difficult the technology invented, people use their brain to over come the problem. Due to space and limit of posts in these columns I will quote one example to understand. In 1986-88 I invested Rs. 2000 or perhaps Rs. 2500 with National Savings in Karachi. Being a person employed on a clerical post this was a big amount for me. The National Savings (NS) rules advertised stated investment is transferable from one place to another”. The NS Centre was at about 6 miles from my home. With the development of area after one year a new NS Centre opened near my residence in Karachi. I applied for shifting of my transfer to new centre which was refused on the ground that one place to another meant from one city to another city and not within same city. I took up the matter with the Federal Ombudsman when the National Savings submitted a very non sense that transfer within same city was risky while from one city to another risk free. The National Savings also submitted that however if a specific request is made the Department sympathetically considers within the same city.

    Anyhow instead of making a specific request (other words special humbly begging) I used my brain. Using the brain I “deliberately used via Bathinda for some special purpose to make my point which is not the subject here. I applied for transfer to Lahore. In transfer application my address still remained the same as of Karachi. When the account was transferred to Lahore, I applied for its transfer to Sialkot from there to Islamabad and then to Faisalabad where I have never gone in my life. From Faisalabad I applied for transferred to the new centre near my home. This all exercise was to make a point at some forum which is not point here.

    Minhas use the ALLAH given brain. Pakistanis living abroad as well as residents in Pakistan under the law are today allowed to keep foreign currency accounts. Ask any relative to send you a 1000 dollar bank draft as “gift”. Open an account with it. Later keep depositing you “huge drafts” if those are not black money.

    To every problem there should be some sort of solution but that does not come just in frustration criticizing unnecessary the country.

    Last but not the least, I am not aware if Minhas is from that breed like our most of politicians, bureaucrats etc whom huge money keeping coming in from different directions or is a commoner like me. If he is from the class whose eyes does not catch any unexplained deduction on the bank statement of US$ 10, US$50 etc then he can go ahead with any bank top standard banks he named in or like The Money Dollars Bank Limited, The Elite Crore Pati Bank Ltd. Etc but if he has hard earned money then my best advice is to opt National Bank of Pakistan or Habib Bank Limited. Do be brinked by glamour of fully air conditioned bank buildings with superb sofas but opt for real banking service.

  4. Javed

    WONDERFUL REMEDY

    According to the newspaper reports last month 48 years old record of Board of Intermediate & Second Education Hyderabad “got” burnt in the fire. For the last two three years fires in government offices in mysterious timings eg in National Shipping twice on Sundays only, have become a routine on which eye brows of intellectuals have rightly arisen. Destruction of record is the most easiest way to save the nation from waste of expense on any NAB, Ehtisab Cell, NRO etc.

    An illiterate hotel waiter working abroad in a small Pakistani restaurant approached Overseas Pakistanis Foundation seeking its help on the matter of a plot he purchased from a private developer. The story was allured on newspaper advertisement two hotel waiters paid full money to the advertiser but when they visited Rawalpindi they found the scheme was doubtful. They sought OPF assistance. The OPF acknowledged the receipt of the complaints but did not later forward any progress or results. The poor hotel waiter as is usual with the help of someone who could write applications for him kept writing OPF seeking progress but never got response. After about 7-8 years continuous chasing through reminders over reminders the OPF last year came up with a marvelous reply that as per policy five years old record was destroyed hence write a new complaint (to be destroyed in next 5 years?). How sweet and wonderful remedy (Amrat Dhahra) – after 5 years destroy all records and if any court, NAB, Ehtisab, Ombudsman or any parliamentary enquiry seeks any comments just slab on their face “5 years old record destroyed” and take a deep sleep with peace. Like OPF I suggest every government department provincial or federal particularly like CDA, KDA, Customs etc each should have an internal section called “5 Years Record Section” whose duty should be every day to destroy all those files/papers which reached 5 years age on said day.

  5. Javed

    LAND OWNERSHIP CHANGED IN MIRPUR

    JAMIL form UK says that 10 years ago he built four story buklding in Mirpur Azad Kashmir for software development centre and since then he is collecting rent from shops constructed on the ground floor. He tells a wonderful story that now in the record of Mirpur Registry name of his father changed allegedly by the local administration. Vert strange and very unique case ever heard of.

    He says it is taking me years to put my own land back on to my name. He says if Mirpur is developed it could be turned by Mirpur origin UK nationals as Dubai.

    What a wonderful story that he is getting the rent while the alleged mafia has only got the piece of land transferred in their name. The mafia was only interested in transfer of title and not in taking possession of the property and getting regular income namely rent payment.

    1. Jamil

      @Javed,
      @Javed,
      The land Mafia can not take physical possession of my land because I will not let them. The real mafia in Pakistan is the political parties and the government of Pakistan, that alter the land registry records. What I could not understand is why people in Pakistan even vote for these people, do they not have any one better in their country. When Pakistanis leave Pakistan they are very successful. Here in Bradford where I live, most of the property is owned by people of Mirpuri origin. We also have a lot of large businesses and could set up factories in Pakistan, if they let us. But every time we do so, they try to rip us off, thinking we are stupid (which we are not!) In the 1960 we set up Banks in Azad Kashmir and Butto, so called Nationalised them, i.e. took our money and gave it to his friends i.e. calling it nationalisation. How could you do business in such an environment.

      Pakistan has great potential if the people chose honest people to govern them. It has access to the sea and even the chinese are willing to build rail roads and motor ways through Pakistan so that they could export goods from factories in Eastern China via Pakistan. The Central asian states also want access the the sea via Pakistan. Pakistan has a lot of rivers and rainfall for agriculture and a lot of natural resources and resourceful people, if only they used their brain when they visit the polling stations.

      When ever I visit Pakistan, I am shocked by the way the so called richer Pakistanis look down on the poor people in their country. That is the real source of your problems. When there is injustice there is violence and when the poor are oppressed they will rebel. When Pakisan was created, they should have taken way the lands of the big land lords like the Buttos, who got their lands because of their work for their colonial masters. Now these people print currency and take that money, take the tax money, take the import duties and take bribes from the US for killing innocent people in the North West of Pakistan.

  6. Tariq

    Hello to everyone! I found this site just by chance, and like it!
    The Overseas Pakistanis have done a HUGE service to Pakistan, earning billions of dollars per year for the country. Its a different story if all this money is wasted by our friends in the Government of Pakistan by useless and unnecessary trips to foreign countries and other types of debauchery. I would say well done, and may God almighty give you more!
    The trouble with Pakistan is not its people, but the GOVERNMENT!! The Government includes the Civil and Military beaureuacracy, and the Politicians. The Governance is almost non existent; it is the Government that is keeping Pakistan and its people poor. A Federal Secretary or a General, or a Minister has a huge huge salary, a huge house, and a posse of servants like drivers, cooks, gardeners, batmen, and all this is free of cost to themselves; of course there is no such thing as a free lunch, so the money for all this comes out of taxation. But the above mentioned people do not pay any taxes either (no influential and rich person pays taxes), so the GOVERNMENT has resorted to the trick of indirect taxation, and this once again puts all the burden on the poorest and most helpless; just look at the elctricity bill, for example, where the electricity consumed maybe for 1000 rupees, but “governmant surcharges” make you pay over Rs.2000!! Again, a rich and powerful does not pay anything, but a helpless and poor will be fined, dragged to the courts, and have his/her electricity disconnected. Now, looking at another aspect, with democracy, we have thousands coming into the Parliament, with thier hordes of hangers on. However, the Parliament does NO WORK at all!! Nevertheless, people attending draw thier travelling and daily expenses, running into billions of rupees. All this money is again made up by surcharges of bills etc. The Army, because it has the gun, is another can of worms; it is the biggest burden, a back breaking burden, on the common people. It has started many wars with India, but non have been won. Imagine the expense in lives and money. It came up with the harebrained idea of training and arming militants and keeping them on its own soil, who have now turned around and the army is finding it hard to control them. The destruction in property, lives, and livelihood needs no elaboration from me. The question is, who is going to confront any of these people and ask for accountability? In my opinion, that would come from a free and fair judiciary to implement, first of all, the supremacy of the RULE OF LAW. Currently, if you have to go to the court (may God forbid), the saying in Pakistan is you should hire yourself a Judge rather than a lawyer!!The lawyers are extottionists, at least the Judge, if the payment is right, will win your case. Musharraf did some things right, like fixing the economy to a certain extent, however he totally boobed when it came to the Judiciary. Strengthening, and giving Pakistan an independent judiciary perhaps would be a first step. Many other things, like education at all levels, must follow. Unless we have the RULE OF LAW in Pakistan (dont forget we have a convicted felon as President and Prime Minister) Pakistan is doomed. Can you do it???????

  7. Farrukh Mirza

    Dear Oversees, if you are really intrested in development of our country, please do investment in education sector.Please sponsor the full expenditure of a child by adopting him/her. I am running an NGO named SOACH. I also adopted a student and Now he is completing MBA and i personally sponsored him for his education. I have budgetary cionstraints. If you could do this please do investment in education. you may personally find poor students and sponsor or even find people working in these area and help them to do all these.

  8. Noreen Haider

    My Dear Overseas Pakistanis,

    ,

    Seeking your support for some of the projects in Muzaffarabad AJK.

    I am trying developing a model for the sustainable education of the orphan children at Sawera schools and I am working on a couple of proposals. One of my projects is to establish a COMMUNITY LEARNING AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER for Kashmiri IDPs especially the Kashmiri Women living in camps since 1990. The indigenous craftswomen of camps will be given raw material as well as training for making some handicrafts which are traditionally purely Kashmiri. This community learning center would provide a nucleus around which we will eventually build the sustainable livelihood programme as well as the next phase of development where we can design some model colony for the camp dwellers with the help of AJK government.

    The handicrafts made by the Kashmiri artisans and craftswomen will be exhibited and auctioned at fundraising dinners in London, Manchester and other big cities so as to raise the awareness among Pakistani community regarding the need for better care of the Kashmiri refugees and also for the education of their children.

    Part of the proceeds of the auction would be utilized for the education of the camp children in Sawera Schools.

    Now we would need the support of the AJK Government to provide us with two pieces of land in Muzaffarabad as well as Karika. The Center will be purpose build on that in both places.

    This is of course the medium and long term plan for the livelihood of IDPs and the education of the children. But for the short term I need funds for the immediate needs of the Trust schools. The school immediately needs our attention and the children need books, bags, uniform, warm clothing with the approaching winter. The students in the Karika school especially the girls need the toilet without delay. The Karika School also needs electricity and safe drinking water.
    There is a dire need for supplies for the schools and I am trying hard to find some help.

    Best Regards
    Noreen Haider
    Director Madadgar Trust
    noreenh111@gmail.com

  9. Engr. Shafiq Maitla

    Engr. Shafiq Maitla

    Dear Brothers & Sisters,

    Thar Coal Reserves is the major break through for the economy of Pakistan. Thar coal has the potential to pump 25000 Bill US$ in National Economy.The exploitation of these reserves & to cycle black gold into energy will bring a major change in Pakistan. Let us work together day & night t implement this project. Dreams will become true if we are successful to shape this project properly. I am available and keen tojoin hnd to work on this projec.

    Engr. Shafiq Maitla
    Contact Person: Engr. Shafiq Maitla
    E-Mail: mmaitla@yahoo.com
    Mob. 00966505288680

    1. asma maitla

      @Engr. Shafiq Maitla,

      Yes its true that working together as one and uniting is the only way we can take pakistan to the peaks of success and beyond.We need to bring in changes in ourselves first.

    2. Haroon

      @Engr. Shafiq Maitla, I think Mr Maitla has sketchy information about the Coal but does not know the details. I can not say I know too Much b ut as much as I am aware that the Coal definitely is huge quantity but the Layer is thin and thus whole Tharparkar will have to be Dug. Second the coal has high Sulfur and ash Contents and Low K/Calorie Ratio. the coal is not Commercially feasible because of which it remains Unexploited. Uzbekistan has also huge coal Reserves in Ahangren but with low K/K ratio and high Sulfur. If pakistani Coal would be Commercially Viable then Millions of tons would not be imported by Cement and other factories from South Africa. I am sure many will now write that It is again the conspiracy of USA or the leaders of pakistan.

      1. Usman Ali

        @Haroon, If we go by what you are saying that Pakistani Coal is not commercially viable then I think you donot understand Pkaistan.We didnot even use our own Water to generate electricity is our own water also not commercially viable or our governements donot let these things happen inorder to take commission from international companies.Why being an agricultural country we are not able to fullfill our own needs of things like sugar is it because our sugar cane is not commercially viable or it is because of that mafia which stocks sugar and smuggle it to other countries.The thar coal is not being used only because our leaders are corrupt and dishonest.If they start using our own natural resources,then who will give them heavy commisions.This is the reason why our resources were never exploited and used.

      2. asma maitla

        @Haroon, I guess we are not talking about coal or economy of pakistan the main point is unity for the succeess of our sweet home country…”We are the ones we have been waiting for”.(Barak Obama)

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  12. John

    My my my???
    Are you people for real??? ive been saying since 1994 that pakistan will keep getting worse, until only one thing changes, but i do not see that thing changing, know what is that thing???
    Are you people for real??? do you not understand that all the politicians are the same, do you actually understand power??? its not something that can be wealded, does not matter if its zardari, nawaz sharif, or even tony blair or obama, the bottom line is there all the same, so what is the answer, so come on you lot, makes no difference even a over seas pakistani cannot solve the problem,
    First of all, what is democracy do you actaully understand what it is,
    Here is the sceanario one hand there is you lot the politicians, or land lords etc, makes no difference even the poor man on the road, your all experts you all talk about your leader is the best, and that your politics is the best, you now whats good for the people, the wholelot weather over seas or not makes no differnece, the thinking is the same, so for a start stop pointing fingers at each other,
    but ofcourse a many take money in the name off pakistan and leave the whole nation in debt, than they raise taxes and everbody suffers, hmm, why well dont worry its happening everywhere, even in the uk,
    As for money transfers, there is nothing ilegal about moving your money thru a private person as he is giving you a better rate, its your money you earend it, you should not have to move it how they tell you, (ill come back to this piont later) if i have time,
    Lets get to what needs to be done , (but i know it will not be done, why do i now that nothing will be done??? easy and simple, history tells us and shows us thats why i now)
    what is the short answer simple, Islam your religion, you do and act accordingly to your islamic religion, see its easy isnt it,
    But ofcourse nothing will be done why is that, because you have gone away from your religion, the quran says one thing most muslims say another thing, the whole thinking process of a person needs to change, ans that is no easy task,
    A simple example, honestly think about it when was the last time anyone reading this actually thought that “i will do what islam advises me on a problem or even when buying something or selling something”, what does my religion islam say on the subject,
    all your lives up bringing is all european implanted so you dont think what your religion says, with out you knowing your brain washed into western ideology, you call it islamic education but the base is western, you call it islamic schools but the base is western, your democracy ofcourse its western, you want to get married , its cultural indian western mixed, a bit like a curry, (sorry)
    but really look at it, as for the extremists we will call them that, suicide bombings are ilegal even according to islam, weather you kill yourself with a knife or a sword or a bomb, its suicide as your doing it with your hand? (but are these muslims doing it out of there free will??? i mean do they now there doing it, becuase lets face it its preatty easy to take advantage of a person, goes a bit like this “my friend my yar how are you, please give this parcel to my brother in kingdom tutu, he has no idea what in it, maybe rice, maybe drugs, as was the case with a family in saudi, or even worse ” so you see its easy to take advantgae,
    I now for the time being nothing will change, as there is only one way, and that is togo back to the fundamental teaching of islam, to see what the quran says , to do as it tells us, in a manner that the prophet Muhammed (PBUH) did approx 1400 years ago), The prophet was the best example for the muslims, we have the examples and the sayings in the hadith,
    So whats the problem its straight forward is it not, hmmm maybe not, because it means turning 99.99% of what we now on our head about our religion, yes im afraid so, the thinking must change, and by islam i dont mean just learning the quran and memorising it by heart, because :
    1, you dont now what your reading,
    2, worse still your making your own translations of it,
    3, and if you think you can just leave it to the imam of the mosque, no you cannot the imam will not be questioned about you , you will be answerable for your own actions,
    4, so make the effort learn the quran, with the translation, understand the quran with translation, implement it in your daily life,
    5, funny the only time i hear about muslims telling us about islam or bringing it up is when they want 2 wives, ??? is that not true,
    6, you have gone so far that you dont even now the islamic laws regarding many matters, probably 99.99 percent,
    7, maybe we should have the islamic republic of pakistan removed from the passports, its only fair???
    8, accept responsibilty, see whats going on,
    9, see what the quran is, study it, understand it for salvation is within it, any other way it will not work, remember im saying it again just like i said it back years ago,
    10, There is no point blaming the leaders as they come from within the people, the people are like that so the leaders are like that,
    11, “Allah will not send anyone to destroy the muslims, the muslims will destroy them selves by inner fighting”
    “MAY Allah forgive me for if i have said anything not true about ISLAM” and may we all be giuded to the truth, as it is only you who can giude us.M

    1. Hassan

      @John,
      your totally right, and cannot disagree with you there, I inshallah hope and pray that muslims all over the world can go back and study there religion and understand it, and live there lives by it,

      YES may Allah guide us to the true path, that of the rightly guided caliphs and companions of the prophet PBUH

    2. Farid

      This is totally right. I have been reading all these comments and I believe the answer is so simple: Islam. Please brothers the answer is Islam Islam Islam. All balochis Sindhis punjabi Pathan have only Islam in common. We talk about our corrupt leaders and point fingers and yes part of the problem is that, but we never look upon our own shortcomings. Do we cheat? At a personnel level. On a exam maybe. There are many fake doctors out in Pakistan who have bought their degrees. Islam forbids cheating. Isnt,t cheating corruption. Do we lie. Is it not corruption. Do we deal interest. Do we back bite. Is it not orruption. How can we be mad at government when we partake in these haram and unlawful acts. No Imran khan or zardari can force you to help you to change or with these basic morales. They dont tell you to stop cheating and if they do, citzens won’t listen. Only Islam can help Pakistan. Because when Islam is implemented 100 percent people will stop.. willingly. And that is when corruption end. we need to go back to basics. Many won’t even realize this but nationalism is haram. Being too proud of being a Pakistani is essentially nationalism. We need to back to history and see that we are one Muslim ummahh. What is Pakistan? it is a country that was build to create a safe haven for MUSLIMS from India. The borders are sewn by Britain. Pakistan is nothing. Before we are Pakistanis, we are Muslims. But there is hope because Muhammad swt said there will be Khalifah! That unites the muslim ummah. IA we will stop worrying about Pakistan and take care of ummah. Islam brothers Islam.

  13. Ahmad Randhawa

    i m living in ksa.i m sending all de money dat i earn to pakistan. but i often worry ven i see de crisis situation in pakistan. the quidance i require from u is : is it a wise decision 2 send my all money to my lovely homeland where bloody corrupt rulers making it day by day more unstable n all of us waiting for its extreme .

    1. Javed

      @Ahmad Randhawa,

      Ahmad, you are living in Holy land. Can you honestly and with real honesty say that there is no corruption in Saudi Arabia about which you you shy about in Pakistan. A full load of passengers were looted recently travelling to Holy Macca for performing Haj. When this happens in Pakistan people cry there is law and order in Pakistan. Are drugs not sold in Saudi Arabia. Is Police not corrupt mostly finding faults in expatriates only. Are employees/Arabs paying salary to their employees honestly in Mecca or Madina? Can you honestly say Yes?
      So why blame Pakistan.

      Coming to the point, you have gone there to earn and save. So send and do send as you can easily afford to you family in Pakisstan. Yes I will give you one advice that do not send each penny you earn, send them what easily and for good you can but also retain a little for your own old or rainy days. It is much better if you keep your such personal savings in Pakistan in secure savings. In the greed of much profit do not put your money to much advertised schemes, do not get attracted by putng your money in such schemes. You willbe sorry at the end of day. Rembeber in Pakistan savings in sound schemes are the best and in Pakistan you get higher profits than in San udi Arabia or elsewhere. Pakistan is heaven for people like you and me. Of course Europe or savings in Europens countries is much better for big people whose money is mostly black money earned within nights.

    2. Hassan

      @Ahmad Randhawa, I would like to add to that, my brother, corruption is everywhere, even in USA, europe, uk, just it happens here at a higher level and not so much at the low levels,
      but its changing fast even getting into low level councils etc, any way,
      I would advise you to keep some money as javed has pointed out for a rainy day, you maybe the earner but the rest there in your family are likely to think that its your duty, and you may not find any money left when you do get back:
      And the money you do keep i would strongly advise you to buy land if you can and keep it in that, as money devalues over time, where as something solid will gain over time, money today that everyone uses realist terms has no value, but it is traded,
      as an example if the dollar crashed today, there just isnt enough gold owned by the us government to pay every one in gold, like wise its the same case with all the countries including pakistan, i dont want togo into the workings of the corrupt finacial system of the world,
      so i would say is that try to buy some land even if it residetial, commercial or agricultutre, but buy it in pakistan,
      if you had 1000 ruppes 10 years ago, today it still would be 1000 ruppes, but 10 years ago you could have bought more than what you can buy today,
      i now its a impossible task to buy property in pakistan, but if you can get your head around it, buy it there,

      any way all the best Asalam
      Hassan

  14. Kamran Khatti

    i do request the rich overseas pakistani to help a poor pakistani so that i can continue my study, i am doing bachlors in computer sciece but my parent cant afford to pay my annual feea kindly help me and save my future,My postal address is as under kindly send some dollars optimistically thanks.

    Kamran Khatti
    C/o Danish Electronics Quid-e-Azam road
    near OCS office Badin Sindh Pakistan
    Postal code 72200

    1. George

      @Kamran Khatti,
      Dont you think you should be directing that question, to your politicians??? or to your corrupt governement officials, police ,patwari, etc, who skim and and bribes?
      They can sit with there airconditioning on, drive in there 30 lack cars, while the poor suffer,

    2. John

      @Kamran Khatti,
      you maybe able to continue your studies but how are you affecting or implementing this in your society, ive visited pakistan, even in village areas, its such a mess,
      and its no point blaming the government for all the crap and shit out there, im sure if you village people got together you could clean up your villages etc, or your streets, ive actually seen people in pakistan karachi throw rubbish out of the building , it didnt hit anyone but im sure there have been occasions when it has,
      you should count yourselves lucky your not in somali or sudan, they dont even know if they will eat or get a clean drink of water, there are people who are much worse off,
      What do you think,

  15. Ahmad Randhawa

    Being Ex. SDO in WAPDA, i want to share n get feedback for issue of energy.in pakistan only Indus river has de capability 2 generate 80,000 MW if it is properly dammed which is more than four times of running total capacity (less then 18000 MW approx.)may b available capacity is less den 10,000 MW.
    my question is why government always prefer IPPs or rental power houses which will always depend on other countries specially for oil.resultantly electricity price will always hike.
    1. Alternatively hydal electricity is free.
    2 only initial cost required which can be managed from public share or loans.
    i think all other issues r fake regarding people suffering. now all country people r suffering very very much wid no comparison.
    China can build Three George Dam (more than 20,000 MW n a big area dere also suffered) wats de problem wid paki.

    will continue

    Ahmad Randhawa
    Riyad

    1. Hassan

      @Ahmad Randhawa,
      My dear friend, yes your right hydro electricity is the cheapest,
      pakistan has more than abandant resources, one can get windmills near the coast where wind is allways abuandunt, so you could have:
      1, wind power for electricity,
      2, you could have solar,
      3, you could have wave power
      4, yes hydro is the cheapest and the best, for pakistan,
      the issue is not hydro, the issue is way above your or my head, or way above the people of pakistan,
      why is that, simple, you have or i should say the greedy politicians, have piled huge debts on the country hence the population of pakistan,
      so what happens simple this is how it works, keep reading you will enjoy this.
      “IMF, or usa or uk, they say you must pay us back , ohh my friends pakistanis you cannot pay why not??? ohh you have no money, ohh well we are nice people i tell you what my brother or cousin or my friend etc has a coal power station you will let him build a power station there and buy electricity from him ok”
      this is how politics work, do you understand now, they want to keep you in debt, so they can control you,
      And i can tell you now if you had the money to pay them now, it still would not work because they would not let you clear the debts, why may you ask, because they want you in debt, thats why,
      any way this was just a taster, its to much information for me to go into it would take to long, i hope you understand a little bit about how it all works,
      “May Allah (swt) guide us all to the true religion of Islam”
      Salam
      Hassan

  16. Javed

    Abbasi, it affirms my and many other seniors unshakable belief that ALLAH is too kind on Pakistan, not on Pakistanis. It is evident from the fact that you tried your best to see the “Khadam-e-aala” Punjab to suggest him some very good proposals. But ALLAH saved both Khadam-e-aala as well as the Pakistan from your proposals. What proposal a frustrated person who does not have any trust on authorities or justice system and who believe there in Pakistan is only cheating fraud and no good, his proposal would be alike his frustrated delliusons.

  17. Javed Khan

    ASA,
    I live abroad and decided to send the money to Pakistan through legal means as I heard that the Dollar reserves are getting low in the country. I am very disapointed with the customer service. I sent the money twice through National Bank and it took months to get the first payment. Second payment is stuck for over a month. If folks in Pakistan can’t help and be productive how can overseas community help them?
    There is a famous saying, God help those who help themselves.

  18. Javed

    Javed Khan, the system has improved for the last three months. Now in cities payments are credited within 48 hours (excluding holidays) since introduction of Remittance Initiative Scheme. National Bank I know is the worst in Pakistan. If you can use HBL and UBL then it is better. The alternae I can suggest you is that you open a PLS account with banks life Standard Chartered, City bank etc in the country where you live and get an ATM Card. Give this ATM to your family in Pakistan they can withdraw from that account on your behalf and you keep depositing in the country of your residence.

  19. Some Suggestions…

    1. All overseas pakistani should keep on sending money to Pakistan.

    2. People who study abroad should come back to Pakistan to use that knowledge for the betterment of our country.

    3. all overseas Pakistani should invest their money in pakistan by buying properties, businesses thus creating jobs.

  20. S.Shahid Ali

    Dear Overseas Pakistanis,

    I am working oversea since long time. I am sending all my foreign exchange to my
    bank account which convert in pakistan rupees. Please send also your money to
    your bank account, so we can help our country. Please do not exchange or send money
    via agents. They are trying to destroy our economy. Please send all foreign exchange
    to state bank of pakistan.

    Built stronger and stronger Pakistan.

  21. khwaja Aftab Ali

    Patriotism of Pakistanis could be tested any where in the world by asking them to help their country in rainy days but what about super class of people (richest fuedals, industrialists, drug lords and above all the politicians who successfully run the highly profitable business of politics in the Pakistan. An estimated rate of profit in Pakistani politics is 1000 to million per cent, details can be calculated by politicians increasing wealth. Majority of Pakistanis living abroad are labor class and highly skilled professional. No body give them money for nothing. They have to work hard for it. Some of them are businessmen who also work very hard to earn their fortune. There is no favor or nepotism in open markets of the world. After all these hard work they should give money to the country because few people of super class have taken country wealth abroad. I have lived and worked in Middle East and visited Europe and now living in USA for last 10 years, I found average Pakistan more patriotic that upper class of the country. We are ready to come forward again and will help/ invest in the country but this upper class should be stopped to taking national wealth abroad and participate accordingly in saving and investing in the country. At present two richest group of politician in power, they should provide the biggest share instead of going for begging to the rich nations. The richest nations are not rich by begging but by hard work. The upper class should go and observe how hard Chinese are working, come to USA and observe how people work and live here.The government of Pakistan should imediatly issue foreign currency investment bond offering good rate of return still better than IMF and world Bank, We Pakistanis abroad will buy with our savings and is a great help. The bonds should be guaranteed by international authorities acceptable to investors world wide. Pray for the country where majority population is helpless in front of few exploiters of supper class of rich politicians and defense forces have no choice but to defend them in the system. All the best. KHWAJA AFTAB ALI, Advocate & I.P. Attorney

  22. Haroon

    @Usman Ali: I enjoyed your post because you know answer to every problem because like all the Pakistanis you are MR KNOW EVERYTHING. Young man every body is aware that people of Pakistan living in four Provinces do not agree regarding the share of Water Resources because of which donors are reluctant to finance. Our Sugar is expensive because under Capitalistic System a manufacturer has the right to sell his production at a price decided by him. Courts have the authority to Penalize the cartels but contrary to your feeling that now an angel is CHief Justice the judges are also from Pakistan and they are as corrupt as your Scapegoat (Politicians) or in my Opinion as Corrupt as average Pakistani. Since last so many Decades Your HERO BUGTI was getting commission for the usage of SUI GAS and always demanding more. After his death Marri Area Coal mines started working and 50,000 People got Jobs and factories started using local coal of more than 6500 K/C. But you think a great crime was committed by a Criminal and demanding death to him day and night. So I stick to my point that Pakistani nation is Corrupt and they always blame others. Corrupt would never have the honesty to accept the rtuth because they ARE CORRUPT.

    1. Usman Ali

      @Haroon: No one says he knows every thing,but your post surely suggests that you think you know everything.It is just an opinion, every one has their own opinion and they have the right to express it.By your post it seems like you do not belong to Pakistan.You might be from some neighboring country. We accept the truth and our mistakes and we own Pakistan. We are the ones who will change it INSHA ALLAH.

  23. Kausar A Khan

    There have been many proposals which have been floated for the last more than 50 years. But the problem is that the persons at the helm of affairs never take care and do not want to attend proposals conducive to the welfare of people and homeland. They remain busy looking after their own interests in non-permissible ways. The question is how to get good leadership. This is only possible when the God fearing, patriotic educated people admonish their illiterate friends, relatives and secular individuals whom they know, to vote for right and honest people. I think majority of voter know the individual to whom they are going to vote for. If they do not act , the situation is not going to change and more than 100 Ministers , dishonest parliament members and corrupt bureaucracy through their negative acts will lead our homeland to complete disaster.
    K A Khan

  24. faisal humayun

    hi we are still playing our part by sending foreign exchange to pakistan because we patriot but on other side all politicians and top beaurocrates are corrupt basically what we are reading on newspapers and media that is only smart part that corruption by politicians as well as industrialist and top officials still their are 80% things hidden.if conditions of our country are better so then why our people working abroad i have my personal plan to develop my country thats is only way we can achieve

    I TRIED TO BE STAY HONEST SPEAK TRUTH AND ADVISE OTHERS TO STAY HONEST

  25. Molvi_Whisky

    I was researching Coal in Pakistan saving along sites, and bumped into this one. One look told me it’s nothing usual and I didn’t even have to go further than 2 or 3 comments as I thought it’s all a blame game. But let me add my view. The biggest problem of Pakistan is “The Pakistani”.
    Of over 25 countries I’ve visited, I can pass a qualified comment, Pakistan is not that bad in terms of cost of life, availability, security even now (90% of latin america is off limits even during day time, NY subways are riskier than any spot in Waziristan anytime…)resources, climate, water resources God given factors. Back to people Entrepreneur – is only concerned with quick buck, and hoarding, Labour likes playing games – see Young Doctors, the ring leaders heard were merely doing their rotation, heck trainees. A Pakistani doesn’t follow rules – traffic, or in the que at the bank.
    When most people are not just, God sends to you what you deserve – a corrupt tyrant who is one of you. If you still think it’s bull, go to ordinary streets, and the overflowing raw sewage because instead of pooling money to fix the problem, a Pakistani would raise his whole house 2 feet, but dumb mule won’t understand he cannot avoid the street. True 40% of voter list is bogus, what abt the 60% which is genuine and votes to power the biggest thieves in the world – the old established order.
    “A million revolutions will fail, unless you let a revolutionary change happen in your skull”

  26. Molvi_Whisky

    On a practical note, remit only a small amount to keep your family, don’t build big bungalows, save the rest and buy a used plant in West and start value adding on natural resources. Remember energy is a problem in Pakistan, so do make allowance for energy generation as well.

  27. MUHAMMAD KHALID

    I am working in Kuwait, the Pakistani here are suffering from so many problems but no one is taking care ,so many families were deported without any reason even they had completed all legal requirements ,the govt of Pakistan even cannot ask them about this act .Our govt only want to collect money from overseas but not taking any action .This is rather disgraceful for a Pakistani to be deported as he is legal ,i want to sue against Pakistan govt not taking care of there nationals abroad,sorry to my Govt

  28. MUHAMMAD KHALID

    I am working in Kuwait, the Pakistani here are suffering from so many problems but no one is taking care ,so many families were deported without any reason even they had completed all legal requirements ,the govt of Pakistan even cannot ask them about this act .Our govt only want to collect money from overseas but not taking any action .This is rather disgraceful for a Pakistani to be deported as he is legal ,i want to sue against Pakistan govt not taking care of their nationals abroad,sorry to my Govt

  29. Mohammed Amin Din

    Dear Friends,

    Its wonderful to see so many concerned with the welfare of Pakistan and the development of its economy. Unfortunately the reality of this is that it is a mammoth task but we are lead by a group of self centred hypocrites who have only selfish goals at heart.

    I have worked for a charitable organisation for 15 years and for 8 of those years I have had dealings with the Consulate of Pakistan in Bradford. A government outpost run by the most incompetent people in the world. Its not the clerks its the Consul Generals these senior officers who think they live in the time of the British Raj and expect you to bow to them.

    On one occasion I wrote to one Consul General only to get a telephone reply by his clerk “How dare you write to him do you know who he is?” “He is the representative of the president of Pakistan” Well I told him that he was a public servant that is what we call them in England. ‘Awaam Ka Nauker’ he did not like it and told me not to come to the Consulate.

    Good luck to you all.

    Amin
    amin.786@hotmail.co.uk

  30. Chaudhry

    Please circulate among your friends as well

    **********************************************************************
    Live TV debates in Pakistan 2013 Election among all parties.
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    Why in Pakistan media is not arranging Live TV debates among all the parties before 2013 election, that if they come in power how they are going to resolve Pakistan major issues and problems.

    Pakistan major problems: —– Corruption, War on terror, Economic Policies, Employment, ETC…

    Overseas Pakistanis and Pakistanis living in Pakistan should know how these parties going to resolve these problems and what are their manifesto. There
    should be couple of debates. — We think between 5 to 10 total debates.

    We like to request each Pakistani to stand up and ask for live TV debates among all the parties.

    Tell your media start preparing about that immediately starting 2012 new year. With out that we never know which party have the talent ?

    Benefits

    · Television and radio stations must broadcast many debates, and this allows the public to learn more about the issues and parties. In this way, the debates help educate voters, enabling them to make more informed decisions at the ballot box. Other debates provide opportunities for citizens and representatives of advocacy organizations to speak and be heard on political issues. After debates among parties for elected office, the parties who is perceived to have given the strongest performance may experience an increase in voter support, as measured by public opinion polls.

    Overseas Pakistani youth council

    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PakistanProblemsandSolutions/message/643

  31. F. Haq

    I am pleased to visit your blog, I simply can feel your affection, love and ‘satisfaction abt living in Pk’ throughout the words and dedication by posting as much information to rebuild the best image of Pakistan in the OPs. I therefore want to know about that how OP women can contribute in the development of Pk. I have feelings that the young boys and girls who are educated I want them to give free education to at least one poor and uneducated child in their neighbourhood, streets or city instead of wasting time by doing nothing the whole day. At least our future generation can read and write by our present generation in this hard time.
    Thanks and Allah bless us

  32. Dear Sir

    My name is Nasir Ahmad. Gujrat resident of Pakistan. In Saudi Arabia for 15 years in municipal day
    At hard labor in the Gujaat city full of paper which I have bought a plot.
    Influential people on my plot is occupied by the ill-fought court cases in 8 years, but no justice did not.
    Lost My blood sweat earned savings. Influential people to court because neither police nor the Department have been my help, I learn from those risks. For God will save me and my children. Help me to be orphaned and support staff. Crore which took place away
    Help me Help me Help me for God.
    Nasir Ahmad Awan
    Gujrat
    Contact me
    009230062373

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