Interview with senior journalist and businessman Rana Javed
Interview by Mujahid Iqbal
Question: When did you come to the Middle East? What was your first business?
Answer: My first business was a photo studio. Then I opened an aluminum factory in which Egyptians, Indians, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans used to work with me.
Question: What else did you do besides these businesses?
Answer: I was an Arabic reporter and translator.
Question: The Pakistani Embassy issued a gold card to you? What was your claim to the gold card?
Answer: A Pakistani team was send to the Gulf after the country’s monument scheme was started during the rule of Nawaz Sharif. This team consisted of Ejaz ul Haq,
Peer Sabir Shah and Jameel Magu. I cooperated with them and sent money to Pakistan, and also encouraged my friends to do so.
Question: What did you do to make a major name in political and social circles?
Answer: I did a lot of work regarding Pakistani welfare. That’s why people respect me.
Question: You have been in the Gulf for a long time. In which country did you spend most of the time?
Answer: I spent most of my time in Kuwait.
Question: Which political parties did you join?
Answer: PML-N; then I joined PPP as joint secretary.
Question: What difference did you feel between the Arab and Pakistani environments? What do you like in Arabic cuisine?
Answer: There is no special difference in the Arab and Pakistani environment. I like hummus, falafel and foul the most.
Question: You have a lot of Arab friends, but do you have any special friend?
Answer: My special friends are Abu Khalid, Abu Saleh, Abu Jafar, Abu Ali and Abu Muhammad, but Abu Khalid, Nasser and Niazi are more special.
Question: Why did you shift to Pakistan suddenly? What are your engagements in Pakistan nowadays?
Answer: My mother was old and weak and didn’t want to live in Kuwait.So I shifted due to my mother. I was a journalist abroad and am also a journalist in Pakistan.