Pakistani Community Face an Election Year

DUBAI - Elections will be held in several Pakistani community bodies in Dubai and Northern Emirates, the new Pakistani Consul General said.

By Mohammad Abdul Qudoos

Published: Wed 23 Dec 2009, 11:41 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:32 AM

Amjad Ali Sher told his country’s business community in Dubai that people living in Sharjah and Ajman would elect the office bearers of the Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah on February 12.

This will be for the first time in more than six years.

Amjad praised host Pakistan Business Council after its president Iskandar Sultan Khawaja told the gathering that the business body would elect new office bearers for a two-year term by the end of January.

“2010 seems to be an election year for the community,” Amjad said.

Ras Al Khaimah’s once active Pakistan Social Centre will also have new elected office bearers next year, much to the relief of the large community living in the emirate.

The community centre in Fujairah, once operating from a private house, will be re-activated, elections held and a proper place for it found, Amjad said.

He said that plans are being worked out for Pakistanis in Ajman to have their own community centre for the first time, and elections to its office bearers.

In the absence of a centre, the community in Ajman depends on the very active centre in Sharjah. The Consul General said he would meet the communities in Ajman, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah for consultation. He said that the Pakistan Business Council was active in promoting business relations between Pakistan and the UAE. He emphasised more exchange of visits by businessmen of the two countries.

“The global city of Dubai offers many opportunities to Pakistani businessmen,” Amjad said and advised them to invest in Pakistan as well.

Council president Khawaja pointed out that its members were actively involved in Pakistan while 4,000 Pakistani businesses were registered with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Council, he said, was a major business council among the 40 under the umbrella of the Chamber.

He said that Pakistanis were the third largest national group buying homes in Dubai during the boom, and, as a result, suffered the most.

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