Generous readers help Pakistani family go home

Dubai: Dubai General Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) has lent a helping hand to a Pakistani family which has been in deep debt, and whose sole breadwinner is seriously ill for a long time. With the help of Dubai residency department, Gulf News readers and Pakistani consulate, Shakeel Hussain and his family flew out early last week after sorting out all their residency and financial issues in the UAE. Hussain, his wife and their three children were trapped here due to bank loans, police cases and for staying illegally in the country. Gulf News readers helped to end the ordeal of the family while senior officials from GDRFA worked on helping the family to go back home as soon as possible so the father can go home for medical treatment. The fate of the family was hanging in balance as its sole bread winner was in hospital in Dubai for a long time for kidney failure and a heart attack, due to financial problems and bank liabilities. Hussain, a 48-year-old Pakistani father of three, has been suffering from kidney failure, diabetes, blood pressure and other medical problems for the past two years, and he could not fulfil his financial obligations following the global financial crisis. The family has been living in the UAE for many years and Hussain was running a prosperous business to take care of his small family. But they ended up in police hands due to bank liabilities. After that he was in hospital fighting for his life due to kidney failure. Hussain's wife, Asma, told Gulf News before flying out that she is thankful to all those who helped her family during difficult times. "Official at the residency department in Dubai worked hard to help me and my family to go back home as soon as possible. I never thought that I will be able to go back home but they stood by me and my kids," she said. "We were illegal for long time as our residency here expired and we had many cases against us," she said. Asma added that she is also thankful to the Pakistani consulate and to Gulf News readers who helped her to pay all her financial dues. Paying for treatment "We used to take bank loans to pay our financial dues and to pay for the treatment of my husband in the hospitals," she said. "I was terrified by the thought that my husband could die here leaving me with my three children," she said. "My four-year-old son's passport was taken by our Emirati partner as a guarantee so that we don't leave the country before selling our company but the officials at the residency department, when they came to know about that, got back my son's passport immediately from the man," she said. She said that her passport was held at a police station due to credit card cases against her. "Our three small children — Saba, 8, Ali Sulaiman, 5, and Fakher, 4 — will go to school now in Pakistan as they were all at home as we used to have no money to send them to school," she said. Hussain said it was like a dream for him to go back home and now his dream has come true. "We are on way to our country and I want to thank all and every one who helped us," he said. Major Khalaf Ahmad Al Gaith, Assistant of the Director General for Foreigners Affairs at the Residency Department, said that it is the duty of the GDRFA to give a helping to the people. "We are happy that the family is going back home and that they have all their problems solved," said Major Al Gaith. The doors of the residency department are open to all and every one, he said.
Generous readers help Pakistani family go home
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