Emergency shocks Pak expats in UAE

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Dubai, Nov 4 (UNI) Pakistani expatriates in the UAE gave a mixed reaction to the emergency imposed in their country.

While some termed the emergency as a ''black day'' in the history of the Islamic nation, the others welcomed the decision as an ''extraordinary measure'' to restore the law and order in the country.

Many of the Pakistani people in the UAE, saddened by the state of affairs, said the emergency was a kind of martial law on a martial law.

Prominent businessman and owner of Bangash Properties in UAE Abdul Nabi Bangash said, ''This is the worst day in the history of Pakistan. In the past, whenever people were fed up of corrupt politicians they used to welcome martial law, but in this case there is already a martial law in the country.'' UAE's another prominent businessperson M Alvie said, ''A major German trade delegation has already postponed its trip to Pakistan after hearing the news of emergency. From today, the stocks will also plunge, which will be a major loss to the country.

I hold the government responsible for this.'' The Pakistani community in Abu Dhabi gave a mixed reaction to the emergency declaration and a majority of them said it should be lifted the moment situation in violence-torn areas of northwestern borders normalised, Khaleej Times reported.

Tauseef Hasan Farooqi, an pakistani engineer in the UAE, supported General Musharaff in taking the extraordinary measures to restore law and order. He said fundamentalism has taken deep roots in certain areas, and the recent terrorist activities were a severe blow to the writ of the state.


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