UAE’s deputy PM to receive Pakistan’s highest civilian award

In this photo H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, meets H.E. Zubaida Jalal, Minister for Defense Production of Pakistan on February 20,2019. (Photo Courtesy UAE Embassy in Islamabad)
Updated 20 August 2019
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UAE’s deputy PM to receive Pakistan’s highest civilian award

  • President Alvi will confer the honor in an investiture ceremony on Pakistan Day in March next year
  • The award is in recognition of humanitarian and developmental work by the UAE royal

ISLAMABAD: In recognition of his humanitarian work toward Pakistan, President Dr. Arif Alvi will honor Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with one of the highest civilian awards in the country, the UAE Embassy tweeted on Sunday.
The Hilal-e-Pakistan (or Crescent of Pakistan) has been awarded to the UAE royal in recognition of his efforts “in the humanitarian and developmental fields,” the post read.
According to a statement released by the government, the award will be given at an investiture ceremony in Islamabad on March 23 next year as the nation marks Pakistan Day.
On August 14, which is Pakistan’s Independence Day, President Alvi had approved the names of 116 individuals – from Pakistan and some foreign countries – who would be given the award in recognition of their excellence and courage in their respective fields.
Pakistan and UAE enjoy close bilateral ties with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan visiting the country in January this year.
It followed two visits by Prime Minister Imran Khan to the UAE last year, to seek economic assistance to overcome the country’s balance of payments crisis.
In December, the UAE announced a $3 billion financial support package for the same.
According to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, around 1.6 million expatriates live and work in the UAE and remit more than $4.5 billion to the country every year.


UAE citizens in Pakistan cast votes as balloting begins for Federal National Council

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UAE citizens in Pakistan cast votes as balloting begins for Federal National Council

  • More than 200 UAE citizens in Pakistan are expected to cast their vote
  • Half of the council this year is expected to be women: UAE envoy

ISLAMABAD: The UAE envoy to Pakistan was the first to cast his vote on Sunday at the UAE embassy, as balloting began for the country’s citizens residing or working abroad to elect a political candidate to represent them in the Federal National Council (FNC), a parliamentary body for the seven emirates that make up the UAE.
According to UAE officials, more than 200 of the country’s citizens live in Pakistan including over 60 residing in the capital, Islamabad.
“This is the fourth election for the Federal (National) Council in UAE, and we are really proud of this democracy process in UAE,” Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al-Zaabi, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan said while speaking to Arab News during the balloting session at the embassy in Islamabad.
The UAE has more than 118 diplomatic missions around the world which have set up polling booths for citizens to cast their votes, Al-Zaabi said.
“The (polling for the FNC) election in Pakistan will be held in Islamabad and at the consulate in Karachi on September 22 and 23. The big election in UAE will be held between October 2 to 4, followed by results... announced on October 5,” the UAE Ambassador said.
FNC, as per the provision of the UAE Constitution, was established in 1971 and comprises of 40 members representing the Arab peninsula’s seven Emirates; with Abu Dhabi and Dubai having the most number of seats followed by Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, and less populated Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm al Quwain with the least.
In the past, all members were appointed by the emirates’ respective rulers, but in 2006 the method was revised to introduce a partial form of democracy that allows the people of UAE to elect 20 FNC members through an electoral process.
“We started in 2006 and now we are in 2019 and this year it is totally different because half of this council will be women. UAE and its leadership support women empowerment and encourages females to be part of the country’s legislative decisions,” Al-Zaabi said.
The Ambassador, widely known for his philanthropic activities in Pakistan and his continued efforts to strengthen fraternal ties between the two countries said: “We have reached our goals to support democracy and encourage the people in UAE to be part of this democratic process.”