According to the UAE consul general, many Pakistanis with work permits in the country are breaking Wadeema Law. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has decided to strictly enforce its regulations governing the acquisition of visas for Pakistanis under the age of 18 in an effort to protect children’s rights.

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“A big number of Pakistanis who have work visas in the UAE are breaking Wadeema Law — Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 concerning child rights,” claimed UAE Consul General in Karachi Bakheet Ateeq Al-Remeithi. The consul general claims that these rules specify children’s rights to education and that many Pakistanis deny those rights by forcing their kids to stay home and study. “The government has made tough decisions in this regard at an important meeting in the past,” he said, adding that the rules regarding the rights of children with families living in the UAE must be strictly enforced.

The Emirati representative emphasized the value of education for kids. The UAE government has made the decision to punish parents who disobey child protection rules. Wadeema rule only applies to Pakistanis with valid work or residency visas, he declared. Al-Remeithi also asked Pakistani parents living abroad in the UAE to support their kids’ education and defend their rights, including those pertaining to their health and freedoms.

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Resources were also informed by the consul general that there are 16–17 million Pakistanis living in the UAE. He warned the media outlet that those who break the law risk being expelled from the UAE and disclosed the limitations put in place for the issuance of new visas. “In the future, visas will be granted to Pakistanis who will assure full implementation of Wadeema law,” he stated

Al-Remeithi stated that there is no such restriction on Pakistani nationals applying for a visit visa in response to the question of whether the law applies to other Pakistanis. The envoy made it clear that Pakistan is free to visit the UAE on a tourist visa and that the UAE government would welcome their arrival.

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