Pak expats in UAE sceptic about polls

DUBAI — Pakistani expatriates in the UAE have welcomed the end of Emergency rule in their country, but are sceptic about the forthcoming elections.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 16 Dec 2007, 8:43 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:18 AM

Mohammed Naeem, a businessman based in Sharjah, who has been following the ongoing political drama in Pakistan opines, “It is a good step, but let’s see whether the elections are free, fair and transparent.”

“The Emergency has been lifted but not all restrictions have ended. The media and the judiciary are still not free. I would accept the lifting of the Emergency rule only if the curbs are completely lifted on the media and judiciary as well. Till then, I would consider the Emergency as still on,” opined Farasatuallh Khan, a Pakistani student studying in a Dubai-based college.

Maliha Sarwar, a telemarketing officer in a local business firm, said, “I think President Musharraf is keeping his promises. He may be taking drastic steps on each occasion, but he still is keeping his promises. I am sure something beneficial will come out after the elections.”

Anwar Kalem, a travel agent, says, “I still think we have along way to go to achieve democracy. I also think that Musharraf’s move is not in the best interest of the country as the judges dismissed by him earlier have not been restored. We still are waiting to see the results of the upcoming elections.”

“We are a bit relieved but we are still awaiting restoration of democracy completely. The army is meant to serve the nation and help them in disasters but not meant to rule by force. The upcoming elections will prove whether Musharraf is as committed as he claims,” said Tahir Ali, another businessman.

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