A thank you to Pakistanis in the UAE for remittances they send home

Our readers have their say on Pakistan National Day, why India needs to be more watchful about Covid-19, Kenny Rogers and mothers

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - February 10, 2019: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R), receives HE Imran Khan Prime Minister of Pakistan (L), during a reception at the Presidential Airport. 

( Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )
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Felicitations on the occasion of Pakistan National Day

On March 23, we commemorate the 80th National Day of Pakistan and I wish to congratulate all my fellow countrymen in the UAE.

About 1.6 million Pakistanis not only send precious remittances back home but also contribute to the development of their host country.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the UAE. The sapling of friendship planted by Sheikh Zayed and successive Pakistani leaders has grown into a tall tree.

I appreciate the measures taken by the UAE government to contain the spread of Covid-19 and I advise Pakistanis here to take care and strictly follow guidelines.

I hope that our two peoples continue to strive for progress, prosperity and stability of both the UAE and Pakistan.

Ambassador Ghulam Dastgir, Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi

India needs to pause for more than a day to avert a disaster

Regarding Taniya Dutta's report Coronavirus: 'inevitable' India will become outbreak hotspot, health experts say (March 21): given the global scenario about how this virus is spreading and with casualties increasing everyday, one should be especially careful. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a speech calling for a one day shutdown. People on Sunday, March 22 are to avoid of stepping out of the house. This will help contain the virus for a day at least, as crowds will refrain from public places and Sunday is when people step out. But this is just one measure to prevent the spread of the virus infecting others. We need to do much more and not just for a day.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru, India

RIP, Kenny Rogers and thank you for the memories

Regarding Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies, aged 81 (March 21): I was sorry to read this. Rest in peace, one of my all time favourites.

Sarah Jin Naraga Alojado, Abu Dhabi

Such a legend. We grew up listening to him. May he rest in peace.

Alison Rego, Mumbai, India

A salute to the medical staff looking after Covid-19 patients

Regarding Salam Al Amir's report

UAE law: Five years in jail for anyone caught intentionally spreading Covid-19

: I want to say thank you to the medical staff in the UAE for their dedication, and their selfless and admirable acts of care to the Covid-19 patients. It takes immense courage. God bless you all.

Ricardo Lorea, Abu Dhabi

Mothers need to lead the way in keeping kids safe

Regarding the report

Coronavirus: Sheikha Fatima calls on mothers to lead the way in fight to contain Covid-19 (March 21)

: Absolutely.  Everyone has a responsibility, especially those with children. The  idea that bad things only happen to other people is not true.

Filipa Padre, Dubai