Pakistani expats urged not to politicise community centres

DUBAI — The ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE has urged overseas Pakistanis not to politicise their community centres in this country.

By M. A. Qudoos

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Published: Sun 19 Mar 2006, 10:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:30 PM

“Each of the 752,000 Pakistanis residing in the UAE is an ambassador of their country here. We should act like Pakistanis and leave our differences and politics back home. All that should matter to us here is Pakistan,” Ahsanullah Khan told the members of the Professional Wing of Pakistan Association Dubai, at the celebration of the Pakistan Day on Friday, where top performing students were awarded.

“I urge you to remember that we are all Pakistanis and that the interests of Pakistan come first for us. At the same time, we must not let the turmoil in the region affect our nation,” he said. “We tend to forget the sufferings back home and to criticise our leadership. I used to do the same. But now, my idealism is replaced by pragmatism,” the ambassador, who first came to the UAE in 1971 and is an overseas Pakistani since 1979, said.

He said that the Pakistani nation and the overseas Pakistanis had rallied for the relief of earthquake victims in Pakistan and the UAE was among the first to respond. “The job is not yet over. The rehabilitation process has just started,” he added.

Ahsanullah quoted UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as telling Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that Pakistan’s relief effort (for the earthquake victims) had become a textbook case for the UN. He said that President Musharraf had today made the Pakistani nation hold its head high. In 1999, Pakistan had no objective, it was almost bankrupt and was referred to as a failed nation, he said. “The manager thinks of today and tomorrow. A leader thinks about the day after tomorrow,” he said. He emphasised the importance of discipline to achieve the objectives.

Pakistan Consul-General Abdul Hameed said that the computerisation of the issuance of outpasses would help to curb repeat entries of illegal immigrants from Pakistan into the UAE. Gold medals by the Professionals Wing were given to seven students on their results of 2005 SSC and HSSC exams of the Pakistan Federal Board. They are:

SSC science group, 1st in UAE: Mariam Shabbir from Pakistan Education Academy, Dubai.

SSC science group, 2nd in UAE: Nazia Jabeen from Pakistan Education Academy, Dubai.

SSC Science group, 3rd in UAE: Madiha Fazil from Al Manahil Pvt. School, Al Ain.

SSC arts group, 1st in UAE: Sahreesh Turrab from Pakistan Education Academy, Dubai.

SSC art group, 2nd in UAE: Tamkinat Butt from Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Arab-Pakistan School, Abu Dhabi.

SSC arts group, 3rd in UAE: Summer Amin from Al Amal School, Sharjah.

HSSC commerce group, 2nd in the Federal Board: Zamurrad Nawaz from Pakistan Education Academy, Dubai.

The trophy was received by Pakistan Education Academy, Dubai.

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