Saudi media minister meets Pakistan’s top civil, military brass

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Saudi Minister of Media Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al Awwad, left, called on Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Quraishi in Islamabad on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Press Information Department)
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Federal Minister for Finance Asad Umar, third left, presenting a memento to H.E. Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Media, in Islamabad on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Press Information Department)
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Saudi Minister of Media Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al Awwad, center, visited Pakistan's state run television during his visit. (Photo courtesy: Press Information Department)
Updated 09 September 2018
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Saudi media minister meets Pakistan’s top civil, military brass

  • Dr. Awwad Al-Awwad's visit further cements “historic ties”
  • Relations between Islamabad and Riyadh are moving beyond security and people-to-people contact, analysts say

ISLAMABAD: After attending the swearing-in ceremony for the 13th president of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s Media Minister, Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad, engaged with the country’s top political and military leadership, as part of his three-day visit, on Sunday.
In addition to meeting Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, Al-Awwad also engaged with several government officials and media representatives to discuss the way forward in strengthening bilateral ties.
“The minister conveyed the message of felicitation to Prime Minister Imran Khan on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He also invited the prime minister to visit Saudi Arabia,” Pakistan’s state-run radio said, sharing details of the meeting, on its website.
Al-Awwad also “reaffirmed KSA’s full support to Pakistan in its efforts toward peace and stability,” a statement released by the Inter Services Public Relations, read.
On Saturday, Al-Awwad had called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, with Qureshi “emphasizing on the need to activate all existing institutional mechanisms between the two countries, to take bilateral relations to the next level.”
Qureshi also assured Al-Awwad of Pakistan’s continued support to the Kingdom in realizing its Vision 2030. “He invited Saudi investors to invest in Pakistan, which after completion of the CPEC, will become a market for a billion plus people,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
Analysts say the plan is not far-fetched and possible because of Pakistan’s “historic relations with Saudi Arabia.”


Mehwish Hayat to run UK marathon for schools in Pakistan's Sukkur

Updated 21 August 2019
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Mehwish Hayat to run UK marathon for schools in Pakistan's Sukkur

  • As a brand ambassador for Penny Appeal, Hayat hopes to raise funds for the rehabilitation of educational institutions in the area
  • She will be running 26.2 miles in the London Marathon in April next year

ISLAMABAD: One of Pakistan’s favorite actors, Mehwish Hayat, will be participating in the London Marathon to raise funds for impoverished schools in the Sukkur region of the Sindh province.
Hayat made the announcement in a Twitter post which she shared a few days ago along with a video clip of her interview with the BBC network, explaining her new role with the UK charity group, Penny Appeal, and her goal to raise funds for schools in Pakistan. 
The actress has been in the news of late for sharing her thoughts on the negative portrayal of Pakistan by global film industries, including Bollywood.
It follows an exchange of views between Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra and a Pakistani American citizen, Ayesha Malik, at a recent event, the video of which has now gone viral.
Hayat is a recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara-I-Imtiaz – a civilian award which recognizes Pakistanis who have excelled in their respective fields – and was honored with the pride of performance award in Norway a few weeks ago.
As a brand ambassador for Penny Appeal, she will be using her new role to help rebuild five schools for 900 children.
Penny Appeal, which is an Islamic Charity group, is functional in more than 30 countries and provides aid to people in war-torn and impoverished circumstances. Hayat will be collaborating with them for the “Run for Pakistan” initiative, with the website accepting donations for the cause now.