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Dubai: Pakistani community members in the UAE have demanded their government to lift a ban on employing housemaids from their country.
The ban on hiring Pakistani housemaids abroad has been in place since the early 80s by the government of late President General Zia-ul Haq.
“Getting a housemaid has become a real problem. I employed at least three housemaids from different nationalities but had to send them back because of cultural differences and language barriers,” said Fatima Shaikh, a housewife in Dubai.
She said the government should lift the ban on hiring maids from Pakistan to resolve the issue.
Naheed Nafees, Chairperson of the Women’s Wing of the Pakistan Association said that ban should be lifted but with certain restrictions to protect them. “Pakistani maids should only be allowed to work with Pakistani families here,” she added.
Sadaf Abid, fashion designer in Sharjah, said that things have changed over the last 20 years since the ban was imposed. “Now, it’s time to open up and rethink. Let our women work outside the country. I have been trying to get a maid but in vain,” she said.
She said that some rich Pakistani families have got maids from Pakistan but they are not on housemaid visas. “Since visas for Pakistani maids are not given, these people get maids on other visas such as office secretary or office assistants. The housemaids are being brought here anyway. It is better to give this option to everyone,” she said.
An official at the Pakistan Consulate General in Dubai said the ban on maids were imposed after reports of sexual harassment and their involvement in ‘prostitution’.