Pak com­mu­nity in Oman bring­ing equal div­i­dends to two economies

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

MUS­CAT: The skilled man­power ex­port from Pak­istan to Oman has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly in last three years with to­tal re­mit­tances al­most dou­bling to US dol­lar 287 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to data avail­able with Pak­istan em­bassy in Mus­cat, the re­mit­tances have risen from US dol­lar 130 mil­lions in 2005-06 with a skilled work­force from Pak­istan com­pris­ing doc­tors, en­gi­neers and lec­tur­ers. Be­sides a large num­ber of busi­ness­men and labour­ers are act­ing as a bridge not only in ce­ment­ing trade re­la­tions be­tween the two coun- tries, but also bring­ing equal div­i­dends to their economies.

Dr Abrar Ahmed Yusuf, a doc­tor from La­hore work­ing as Anaes­thetist at Mus­cat's Khoula Hos­pi­tal, told APP that med­i­cal com­mu­nity from Pak­istan was play­ing a vi­tal role in Oman by ren­der­ing their du­ties at lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

He said that the Omani govern­ment and peo­ple had soft corner for Pak­ista­nis due to the con­tri­bu­tion these pro­fes­sion­als were mak­ing to their health sys­tem. He said Pak­istani paramedics were work­ing dili­gently in Mus­cat and in Oman's far flung ar­eas.

Dr Tahira Kazmi from Rawalpindi, work­ing as Ju­nior Con­sul­tant at the same hos­pi­tal, said that there were about 1500 Pak­istani doc­tors work­ing in Oman, 160 of them be­ing lady doc­tors. She said ear­lier Pak­istani med­i­cal de­gree needed recog­ni­tion in Oman. How­ever due to ef­forts by Pak­istan's Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons, the Omani govern­ment had started ac­cept­ing Pak­istani doc­tors to work at their hos­pi­tals.

A Pak­istani neu­ro­sur­geon Syed Osama Me­hboob said that Pak­istani doc­tors could now be seen work­ing even in the re­motest ar­eas of Oman.

Oman is home to over 175,000 Pak­ista­nis, ma­jor­ity of them work­ing as labour­ers.

An in­ter­ac­tion with labourer com­mu­nity in Mus­cat showed that the Pak­istani man­power was con­tribut­ing greatly to Oman's econ­omy as a large num­ber of con­struc­tion com­pa­nies heav­ily re­lied on them, and there was a huge de­mand for Pak­istani welders and oil in­dus­try work­ers.

A labourer Khalid Hus­sain from Narowal work­ing with Oman's ship­ping com­pany, said there ex­isted a vast po­ten­tial for Pak­istani man­power to ex­plore trad­ing ar­eas mainly tex­tiles, gar­ments, bed ware, sur­gi­cal equip­ment, sports goods and veg­eta­bles.

Haji Shahbaz, a scaf­fold­ing worker with a con­struc­tion com­pany in Mus­cat, said a large num­ber of peo­ple from Balochis­tan were in­volved in trad­ing ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

He said that the Pak­istani labour­ers needed a skilled plat­form for their launch by the Pak­istani com­pa­nies to fa­cil­i­tate their ad­just­ment in Oman's highly com­pet­i­tive sys­tem. Pak­istan's Coun­sel­lor Im­mi­gra­tion in Mus­cat, Khalid Mehmood told APP that be­sides proper im­mi­gra­tion, there was also a large in­flux of il­le­gal im­mi­grants from Pak­istan to Oman through mar­itime bor­ders.

He said that the Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency had en­hanced check on the bor­ders with an av­er­age of 500 to 600 il­le­gal Pak­ista­nis ar­rested per month. He said Pak­istan was the only coun­try whose repa­tri­a­tion cost for the il­le­gal im­mi­grants was borne by the Sul­tanate of Oman it­self, who were treated as "vic­tims not crim­i­nals", and sent back on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds. -App

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