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24 years in Saudi Desert, Indian Origin Gana Prakasam to return to India

Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan is set to return to his home in India after spending 24 years illegally in Saudi Arabia desert

Gana Prakasam
Saudi Desert. Wikimedia
  • A 52-year-old Indian man is set to finally return home after 24 years
  • Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan, hailing from Tamil Nadu, illegally stayed in the Saudi desert for 24 years
  • He decided to abscond and live illegally after he did not receive his salary

June 15, 2017: After the Saudi government announced a 90 day amnesty period, an extreme case of Gana Prakasam has come into the highlight from Saudi Arabia.

Gana Prakasam Rajamariyan, 52 years old, arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1994. He began work as a farmer in a remote village in Hail province. He was paid a mere salary of 100 Saudi Riyal per month for six month, after which, he was transferred to another employer.

After a few months, Gana Prakasam was again transferred to a third employer. He was not receiving any salary for his labour and he had lost track of his sponsor. He decided to “abscond and live illegally out of compulsion.”

Gana Prakasam spend 24 years in a Saudi desert.

The last time he spoke to his wife was in 2015 before she was admitted to the hospital. She died a year later.

Prakasam has completed all the formalities and is set to return to his native place Kayakumari, where his children and grandchildren eagerly await him. He recalls that his four daughters were very young when he left home. Now on his return, he will be meeting his grandhchildren of the same age.

Many Indians have travelled to Saudi Arabia illegally and are now stranded in the kingdom.  Those who have overstayed their Visa are set to return after Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif announced general amnesty as part of Interior Ministry’s campaign ‘A Nation Without Illegal Expats’.

By Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Iran invites Pakistan to join Chabahar project with India

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port is of great international significance in terms of trade, especially for India. Wikimedia Commons
  • Iran has invited Pakistan to join Chabahar port project
  • It is a very crucial port of great importance
  • India, Iran and Afghanistan have already signed a trilateral agreement in 2016

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has invited Pakistan to participate in the Chabahar Port project that connects India to Afghanistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, a leading Pakistani daily reported on Tuesday.

Chabahar Port is built and operated by India. Wikimedia Commons

The move may be seen as Zarif’s bid to allay concerns here over the Indian involvement in the Iranian port, Dawn online reported. The Iranian minister also, meanwhile, extended the invitation to China.

“We offered to participate in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). We have also offered Pakistan and China to participate in Chahbahar,” Zarif, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, said while delivering a lecture at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Monday, according to the daily.

India, Iran and Afghanistan signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port, opening a new strategic transit route between the three nations and other Central Asian nations, bypassing Pakistan. In November 2017, India delievered the first consignment of wheat to Afghanistan through the Chabahar Port.

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Zarif had earlier held bilateral talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif and addressed a trade conference. The visiting Foreign Minister is being accompanied by a large trade delegation from Iran.

He also said that Gwadar Port and Chabahar Port needed to be linked through sea and land routes for development of deprived Eastern and South-eastern Iran and South Western Pakistan. “We are taking measures to do that and there is an open invitation to Pakistan to participate in that,” Zarif said.

Chabahar Port will make India's trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons
Chabahar Port will make India’s trade with Afghanistan easier. Wikimedia Commons

He also said that the Chabahar port project was not meant to “encircle Pakistan … strangulate anybody”, adding that Iran would not allow anybody to hurt Pakistan from its territory, much like Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used against Iran.

Zarif likened Iran’s relations with India to Pakistan’s ties with Saudi Arabia. “Our relations with India, just like Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia, are not against Islamabad as we understand Pakistan’s relations with Saudi Arabia are not against Iran.” IANS