Sheikha Jawaher lauds Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan refugees

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation, and UNHCR Eminent Advocate met with trainees, including refugees, at the Women Welfare and Development Centre in Islamabad, Pakistan on February 24, 2020. (UNHCR)
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Updated 26 February 2020

Sheikha Jawaher lauds Pakistan’s efforts for Afghan refugees

  • Concludes six-day visit to the country which included attending a refugee summit last week
  • Oversees signing of a livelihood project for 100 women in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: Commending Pakistan for its generosity in hosting millions of Afghan refugees for more than 40 years, Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), told a gathering of women that they were in “safe hands.”

“In Pakistan, you are in safe hands,” a statement released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and quoting Sheikha Jawaher, said on Tuesday.

The UAE royal, who has just concluded a six-day visit to the country, was addressing a group of trainees at the Women Welfare and Development Center (WWDC) in Islamabad where 350 young women, including Afghan refugees, are undergoing training for embroidery skills.

During the course of her visit, Sheikha Jawaher – who is also a UNHCR Eminent Advocate – attended the International Conference on Afghan Refugees in Islamabad last week, which was held to mark 40 years since Pakistan first began hosting its displaced neighbors from the war-torn country.

The high-profile conference was organized by Pakistan and the UNHCR, and saw UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in attendance, too.

At the WWDC, Sheikha Jawaher admired the talent and expertise of the trainees, praising the artisanal value of the projects they had created.

“She also called for greater access and new market opportunities for such products and urged governments and civil society organizations to prioritize the education of members of low-income and crisis-affected communities,” the statement said.

Later, she attended a signing-in ceremony for a livelihood project in Pakistan which seeks to “benefit 100 Afghan and Pakistani women residing in Quetta, Balochistan.”

Pakistan is host to the world’s second-largest number of refugees with more than two million Afghans residing in the country for the past 40 years.


Ex-Pakistan cricket great Miandad says spot-fixers should be hanged

Updated 04 April 2020

Ex-Pakistan cricket great Miandad says spot-fixers should be hanged

  • 'An example should be set,' Miandad said on his YouTube channel on Friday
  • Cheating in cricket via match and spot-fixing has stained the country’s favorite sport for years

KARACHI: Cricketers involved in match-fixing should be hanged, former Pakistan batting great Javed Miandad suggested Friday.
Match-fixing and spot-fixing — determining the outcome of a specific part of a game rather than the overall result — have stained the country’s sport for several years.
“Players who are involved in spot-fixing should be severely punished,” Miandad, who scored Pakistan’s second-highest Test runs with 8832, said on his YouTube channel.
“Spot-fixers should be hanged because it is similar to killing someone, and so the punishment should also be on the same lines. An example should be set so that no player even thinks about doing something like this.”
His remarks follow player Mohammad Hafeez’s protests over former opener Sharjeel Khan’s return despite receiving a five-year ban in 2017 over a spot-fixing case.
Meanwhile, Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal faces a ban of six months to life after being charged for not reporting a fixing offer last month, a crime under Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.
Fixing was exposed in 1995 after Australians Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged then-skipper Salim Malik offered them bribes to under-perform in matches.
That led to a judicial inquiry that banned Malik for life.
But in 2010, then Pakistan skipper Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were involved in a spot-fixing case that led to five-year bans.
Only Amir returned to international cricket — a comeback that also raised opposition, most prominently by Hafeez.