Saudi, UAE embassies continue Ramadan relief assistance programs in Pakistan

1 / 2
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)
2 / 2
Saudi Embassy is continuously hosting Iftar in Pakistan (Photo Courtesy – Saudi Embassy)
Updated 26 May 2019

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.

Jailed Pashtun lawmakers released after four months in custody

Updated 21 September 2019

Jailed Pashtun lawmakers released after four months in custody

  • Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar were arrested after a deadly clash at a security checkpost in northern Pakistan in May
  • In Twitter post after his release, Dawar thanked Bilawal Bhutto for support; said allegations of violence were “most hurtful”

PESHAWAR: After months of detention, two Pakistani parliamentarians from South and North Waziristan were released two days after they received bail in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a senior member of their political party, the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), said on Saturday.
The two lawmakers, Ali Wazir and Mohsin Dawar, were arrested alongside several members of the PTM following a deadly clash between troops and party supporters at the Khar Qamar checkpost in North Waziristan tribal district in May, where 13 people were killed.
“Justice has won and it is proved that Wazir and Dawar were innocent. Both the members (of the) National Assembly are among us and our constitutional and peaceful struggle will get fresh momentum,” Abdullah Nangyal, a senior leader of the PTM, told Arab News.
He said that hundreds of PTM supporters greeted the two lawmakers when they came out of the high-security Haripur prison after midnight on Saturday.
“The release of the MNAs had to be delayed for hours because of submitting legal documents and furnishing surety bonds,” Nangyal said.

From right, lawmaker Mohsin Dawar, leader of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), Manzoor Pashteen, PTM leader Abdullah Nangyal and lawmaker Ali Wazir in a car heading to the provicial capital Peshawar after the release of the two lawmakers from a jail on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. (Photo: Social Media)

Soon after their release, both parliamentarians drove straight to the provincial capital of Peshawar alongside supporters, from where it is expected they will travel onwards to their home constituencies in North and South Waziristan.
After his release from jail, lawmaker Mohsin Dawar said in a series of Twitter posts that the “allegation of violence against us preachers of non-violence,” was the most “hurtful in all this.”
“I would like to thank all of those who raised their voice for our release. There are too many names, but one that I must mention is @BBhuttoZardari for his unwavering support both in & out of parliament,” he tweeted.
Headed by Justice Nasir Mehfooz, the Bannu bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday had conditionally approved bail applications that said the lawmakers would furnish surety bonds of Rs. 1 million each.
In addition, the court barred the parliamentarians from leaving the country, and directed them to appear before district police officers once a month.
Later, in a detailed verdict, the bench stated that the bail was granted only for a period of one month, and would be subject to conditions of “good behavior.” Before the expiry of that period, both men would need to file fresh bail applications in the PHC.
Separately, the two lawmakers were also named in a case lodged on June 7 at a police station in Bannu, after an IED explosion in Doga Macha in North Waziristan tribal district, left four army officers martyred. Wazir and Dawar were already in custody at the time of the IED blast and received bail in the Doga Macha case last month by an anti-terrorism court.