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UAE won’t renew visas for Pakistanis deprived of children’s education rights

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Islamabad: The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to strictly enforce the law on obtaining visas for Pakistanis under the age of 18.

Bakheet Ateeq Al-Remeithi, UAE Consul General in Karachi, shared the development in an interview geographic news On Monday, he spoke about the Wadeema Act – Federal Act No. 3 of 2016 on children’s rights – and the Gulf state’s decision to take drastic measures.

The UAE envoy also said that “the Wadeema law applies to Pakistanis holding work or residence visas.” He also said that those who violated the law could be deported from the UAE. “In the future, visas will be granted to Pakistanis who will ensure the full implementation of the Wadeema law,” he added.

In an interview, Bakheet Ateeq Al-Remeithi said the country had decided to take drastic measures to bring people into compliance with the Wadeema law, Geo News reported.

“A large number of Pakistanis in the UAE on work visas under the Wadeema law are violating laws on children’s rights,” he said. He further stated that the Wadeema Act defines children’s right to education and a large number of Pakistanis are depriving their children of their right to sit at home.

“During an important meeting in the past, the government took a difficult decision in this regard,” he said, adding that rules on the rights of children with families living in the UAE must be strictly enforced.

He urged expatriate Pakistani parents in the UAE to ensure their children’s education and protect their rights, including those related to health and liberty.

The Consul General also told Geo News that the UAE is home to 16 to 17 million Pakistanis. Commenting on whether the law would apply to other Pakistanis, Al-Remeithi said there were no such restrictions on Pakistani nationals applying for visit visas, Geo News reported.

“The UAE government will welcome Pakistanis to the UAE on tourist visas and there will be no restrictions on their visit to the country,” the envoy clarified.

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Updated: March 4, 2023 19:24:23 IST

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