Celebs opt for brights on a somber Eid in Pakistan

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Updated 02 June 2020

Celebs opt for brights on a somber Eid in Pakistan

  • A quiet Eid in Pakistan had stars celebrating at home in mood-lifting attire
  • Most stars wore bright colors and spent the festivity with their families

ISLAMABAD: Eid Al-Fitr was a subdued and somber event in Pakistan this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and a PIA plane crash that claimed 97 lives in Karachi on Friday. The country’s celebrities opted to celebrate quietly at home, sharing the cheery outfits they wore on their respective social media. A trend of airy brights and pastels emerged with many stars taking cues from the summery weather on the hues they chose to rock.
Actor Ayesha Omar shared her icy blue look on social media from the set of her long-running sitcom “Bulbulay.” Blue was also the color of choice for fellow actor Sara Khan, who wore a periwinkle shade while performing hosting duties on ARY TV.




Actor Ayesha Omar shares a shot of herself in an icy blue ensemble from the set of her show 'Bulbulay' on Eid al-Fitr. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Ayesha Omar/Instagram)




Actor Sara Khan shares a shot of her blue Eid look on the set of a Ramadan game show. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Sara Khan/Instagram)

Actor Danish Taimoor shared a shot of himself flanked by his young children, all wearing pink. Like many stars, Taimoor acknowledged the darker Eid that had taken place and offered condolences to those affected by Friday’s plane crash.




Actor Danish Taimoor and kids all sporting cheerful ensembles in pink at their home while celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Danish Taimoor/Instagram)

Areeba Habib, model and actor, shared a shot of her and her mom in matching pink as well, geotagging the image with a popular location release being used by Instagram to spread awareness on COVID-19, “Stay Home, Stay Safe.”




Another star opting to wear pink was actor and model Areeba Habib, sharing a shot of her and her mom in matching pastels. Lahore, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Areeba Habib/Instagram)

A classic color choice for Eid, across the globe and across cultures, is white, worn by actor and television host Fahad Mustafa (and his mini-me sons), stylist Maryam Raja and fashion designer and television personality Hassan Shehryar Yasin.




Actor and television host Fahad Mustafa donning classic white on Eid alongside his sons. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Fahad Mustafa/Instagram)




Stylist Maryam Raja wearing white with pops of colors at her home in Lahore on Eid. May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Maryam Raja/Instagram)




Fashion designer and television personality Hassan Shehryar Yasin shared his white look for Eid with a somber caption highlighting how Eid this year was especially tough. Lahore, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Hassan Shehryar Yasin/Instagram)

Continuing with pastel and merry hues, stylist and fashion editor Mehek Saeed wore a pastel yellow suit punctuated with flowers and eye-catching (also pastel) shoes.




Stylist and fashion editor Mehek Saeed opted to wear an airy pastel yellow look for Eid al-Fitr. Lahore, May 24, 2020 (Photo courtesy: Mehek Saeed/Instagram)

Actor Zhalay Sarhadi shared a photo of her and her daughter both in bright, saturated colors with Sarhadi also going for a yellow in a sunny shade.




Actor Zhalay Sarhadi went for a sunny, saturated yellow sharing a shot alongside her daughter who wore a festive pink. Karachi, May 24, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Zhalay Sarhadi/Instagram)

 


Use of contraceptives to bring down Pakistan's population growth rate to 1.1% – official

Updated 08 July 2020

Use of contraceptives to bring down Pakistan's population growth rate to 1.1% – official

  • More than five million babies are born in the country every year
  • Pakistan also plans to reduce maternal mortality rate from 170 to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030

KARACHI: Pakistan plans to encourage the use of contraceptives to bring down its current population growth rate from 2.4 percent to 1.1 percent by 2030, a senior official told Arab News on Tuesday.
The country has developed a National Action Plan (NAP) to implement the recommendations of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) approved in 2018 to address the challenge of population growth.
“The plan consists of various components, such as population fund, legislation, curriculum and trainings, and talking to ulema [or religious scholars],” Dr. Shahid Hanif, Director General of the Population Program Wing (PPW), said.
It also seeks to increase the present contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of 34 percent to 50 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2030 to lower the existing average population growth rate of 2.4 percent to 1.5 percent by 2025 and to 1.1 percent by 2030. Officials say they hope to achieve these targets by reducing the present fertility rate of 3.6 births per woman to 2.8 births by 2025 and 2.2 births per woman by 2030.
At the current rate, the annual population grows by an average of more than five million newborn babies per year. After the growth rate is brought down to 1.1 percent, however, the average addition would be down to 2.3 million on an annual basis, keeping in view the country’s current population of 211.17 million.
The country’s federal and provincial administrations are taking steps to ensure universal access to family planning and reproductive health care services. The federal government wants to create a five-year non-lapsable special fund to reduce the population growth rate with an annual allocation of Rs 10 billion. The fund will be set up exclusively from federal resources without any cut from the provincial funds, according to the latest Economic Survey of Pakistan.
“Provinces have been given funding for more lady health workers and commodities [contraceptives] since the federal government will provide a matching grant to them,” Hanif said
One of the functions of the Population Program Wing is to ensure contraceptive commodity security, supply chain management and warehousing of contraceptives for provincial and regional population welfare departments.
A Contraceptives Commodity Security Working Group (CCSWG) has also been established to ensure the availability of birth control commodities, their timely procurement, pooled distribution, stock assessment and data availability etc
“With a manageable population, we will be able to utilize our resources more effectively for the welfare of people and our national economy. This is important since about two-third of Pakistan’s population is below the age of 20. These people need education, health and other facilities. If these individuals don’t get basic necessities, the country may witness huge social disruption in the future,” Hanif added.
However, he categorically ruled out that the country was considering “one child” policy, saying “it was never discussed nor thought about.”
The reduction of maternal mortality rate from 170 to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030 is also among the objectives of the plan.