At last, a decade-long ban on Kuwaiti visas for Pakistani nationals is over. It was announced by Pakistan’s Interior Minister after his meeting with His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Indeed it is a great diplomatic success for Pakistan and would open up opportunities for the people of Pakistan. Kuwait not only lifted a ban on family visas for Pakistani citizens but also approved visas for Pakistani technicians working in the medical, oil, and banking sector.
It is important to note that not long ago, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan criticized the underperforming ambassadors and diplomatic missions of Pakistan. This news from Kuwait is indeed a piece of evidence that not all are at odds in the Foreign Service of Pakistan. Not only the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the ministry of foreign affairs of Pakistan be hailed for their efforts, but the ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait Syed Sajjad Haider and his team must be given the due credit. The mission not only has the visa ban lifted, is now busy seeking opportunities for skilled Pakistani professionals in the field of information technology and medical sciences.
It is an ample opportunity for Pakistan to send its skilled workforce to Kuwait in the medical, oil, and banking sectors. The opportunity would not only increase the overseas remittances of the country but help reduce unemployment. Important is the fact that Pakistan has a large number of fresh graduates seeking opportunities in the field of information technology. The fast-emerging economies of the Gulf region are an attraction for professionals in the field of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.
The current government has a keen interest in the fields of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. The youth is already attracted towards innovative studies and professions. Indeed the future belongs to emerging technologies. It is time that the diplomatic missions of Pakistan in the Gulf region adopt a proactive approach