First Saudi-Pak study center to be set up at Islamabad’s COMSATS university

Dr. Raheel Qamar Rector, COMSATS University Islamabad, and Dr. Ahmed Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University Islamabad, ink an agreement to establish the first Saudi-Pak Study Center at CUI in Islamabad on May 13, 2019. (CUI — Twitter)
Updated 16 May 2019
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First Saudi-Pak study center to be set up at Islamabad’s COMSATS university

  • Center aims to strengthen cooperation between the brotherly countries
  • Initiative will help to promote student and teacher exchange programs

ISLAMABAD: President of the International Islamic University (IIU), Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, and Rector of the COMSATS University Islamabad, Dr. Raheel Qamar, this week, inked an agreement to establish the first Saudi-Pak Study Center at COMSATS University.
“Initially we will set-up the Saudi-Pak Scientific International Chair and then establish a physical center later,” Dr. Fahim Qurshi, the registrar at COMSATS told Arab News on Thursday.
Qureshi said the aim of setting up the Chair was to strengthen joint scientific and international cooperation to “serve the purpose of achieving security, peace, stability, tranquility and sustainable development in both countries.”




Saudi Arabia and Pakistan aim to establish a joint scientific study center and establish a Scientific International Chair that serves the purpose of achieving security, stability a sustainable development in both countries. An agreement was inked on May 13, 2019.  (CUI - Twitter)


He said that the cooperation agreement would be celebrated after the Holy Month of Ramadan in a ceremony attended by high-ranking government officials from both Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
“This initiative will help to promote student and teacher exchange programs,” Qureshi said.
“The memorandum of understanding encompasses various facets of academic, research and scientific cooperation and is geared toward building a joint think tank to advise both governments on policy issues arising in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor,” International Islamic University said in press release on May 13 when the agreement was inked. “Saudi Arabia has aligned itself as a strategic partner of both China and Pakistan for expanding the Belt and Road Initiatives.”
In January this year, Saudi Arabia announced 583 fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students at 23 leading universities in the Kingdom.


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.