Saudi, UAE embassies continue Ramadan relief assistance programs in Pakistan

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In this May 17, 2019 file photo, Ambassador Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki hosts an Iftar dinner to launch annual Ramadan meals program at Faisal Mosque in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. (Saudi Embassy/Twitter)
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Saudi Embassy is continuously hosting Iftar in Pakistan (Photo Courtesy – Saudi Embassy)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Saudi, UAE embassies continue Ramadan relief assistance programs in Pakistan

  • As part of annual Ramadan tradition, Saudi Arabia gifted Pakistan 150 tons of dates
  • The UAE embassy distributed 1,000 food packages in Pakistan’s capital as part of its humanitarian drive

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi and UAE embassies in Islamabad are distributing Ramadan food packages, dates and Iftar meals in Pakistan to assist the country’s underprivileged families.
Under the King Salman Humanitarian Aid And Relief Center (KSRelief) program, in an annual Ramadan tradition, Saudi envoy Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki gifted 150 tons of dates to the Pakistan government last week as part of the Kingdom’s projects to help friendly countries and distribute aid to poor families in different parts of the world.

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki under the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) Saudi envoy gifted 150 tons to the Pakistan government on May 23. (Photo Courtesy – Saudi Embassy)

Dates are traditionally used by Muslims to break their fasts in the month of Ramadan.
KSRelief also delivered 80 tons of dates to the United Nations World Food Program for distribution in Pakistan.
In May, the UAE embassy launched its charity and humanitarian campaign for Ramadan in Pakistan with the support of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation — to celebrate 2019 as its ‘Year of Tolerance.’
The main distribution program kicked off in Islamabad earlier this month, with more than 2,000 people from Islamabad and its twin city Rawalpindi receiving food packages, each containing a full month’s rations.

UAE embassy in Pakistan distributed 1000 complete food packages among needy families in Islamabad on May 25. (Photo Courtesy – UAE Embassy)

In a Twitter post on Saturday evening, the UAE embassy said it would supervise “distribution of 1,000 complete food packages among needy families in Islamabad.”
These projects “reinforce the UAE and its wise leadership’s global humanitarian mission, to become one of the most important donor countries for humanitarian, charitable and development assistance,” the UAE embassy said in another Twitter post.


PPP, PML-N to challenge ‘anti-people policies’ of government

Updated 16 June 2019
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PPP, PML-N to challenge ‘anti-people policies’ of government

  • Maryam Nawaz and Bilawal Bhutto hold an important political meeting in Lahore
  • Analysts say their proposed campaign against government can put PTI in difficult situation

LAHORE: Leaders of Pakistan’s two largest opposition parties held a meeting here on Sunday to devise a joint strategy against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government and run a coordinated campaign against its “anti-people policies.”
The gathering was organized by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Sharif who invited Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to jointly review the country’s prevailing political situation.
Together the two young politicians agreed to revive the May 2006 Charter of Democracy, signed by their parents in London, to strengthen parliamentary democracy in Pakistan and challenge the incumbent administration.
“The two parties discussed the current situation of the country and decided to work together to get rid of the anti-people policies [of the PTI government]. In the first phase, a joint strategy will be evolved which will help the two factions work together in parliament. The leaders of the parties will also meet to formulate a strategy to work outside the parliament,” PPP Punjab Secretary General Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, who was present at the meeting, told Arab News.
A senior PML-N politician thought the meeting would prove beneficial for Pakistan’s future politics since the two parties were operating under a young leadership.
“The two young leaders have become successful in convincing their parties regarding their approach and style of politics. Their parents may have a history of friendship and enmity, but these two have no bad blood between them. They share the same woes and want to work together to take the country forward,” Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, another participant of the meeting, said.
Maryam Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto also discussed the fresh wave of the arrests of opposition leaders and thought it was to terrify the opponents of the government.
The PPP chairman said in a media talk after the meeting that the opposition would not be deterred by such political pressure. He also pointed out that no single party could take the country out of the present political and economic situation, adding it would require a collaborative effort.
The two leaders decided they would not let the PTI government pass the national budget, saying it was making life difficult for the people of Pakistan. They also agreed to involve other parliamentary forces to achieve that objective.
The PPP chairman and PML-N vice president demanded the administration to withdraw corruption references filed against their family members and insisted the National Assembly speaker issue production orders of all jailed members of parliament.
While some of the government ministers ridiculed the meeting, independent analysts thought it could create problems for the PTI administration.
“The PTI has pushed the main leaders of the PPP and PML-N against the wall. The proposed joint movement of these opposition faction can put the ruling party in hot water,” Arif Nizami, a senior analyst, told Arab News.