Viewers bedazzled on second consecutive day of virtual fashion show amid pandemic

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Alisha Malik for Sania Maskatiya for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Robina Khan models Khaadi for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Robina Khan models Khaadi for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Raahima Khan models for Maheen Karim for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Raahima Khan models for Maheen Karim for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Raahima Khan models for Maheen Karim for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Subhan Awan models for Amir Adnan for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Subhan Awan models for Amir Adnan for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Abeer Rizvi models for Huma Adnan for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Abeer Rizvi models for Huma Adnan for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Fahmeen Ansari models for Shamaeel Ansari for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Fahmeen Ansari models for Shamaeel Ansari for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Fahmeen Ansari models for Shamaeel Ansari for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Fahmeen Ansari models for Shamaeel Ansari for Catwalk Cares. 5th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Hasnain Lehri for Ismail Farid for episode 2 Catwalk Care. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Hasnain Lehri for Ismail Farid for episode 2 Catwalk Care. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Mushq Kaleem for Ali Xeeshan for episode 2 of Catwalk Care. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Mushq Kaleem for Ali Xeeshan for episode 2 of Catwalk Care. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Neha Rajput for Hussain Rehar for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Neha Rajput for Hussain Rehar for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Fatima Hasan for Asim Jofa for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Fatima Hasan for Asim Jofa for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Alisha Malik for Sania Maskatiya for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Rabiya Chaudhry for Elan for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Rabiya Chaudhry for Elan for episode 2 of Catwalk Cares. 6th June, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Catwalk)
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Updated 06 June 2020

Viewers bedazzled on second consecutive day of virtual fashion show amid pandemic

  • Catwalk Events put together “Catwalk Cares,” a virtual fashion show where participating designers made significant contributions to virus front-liners
  • Industry’s top models walked designer wares from the safety of their own homes

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s first ever virtual fashion show “Catwalk Cares,” the brainchild of Catwalk Event’s CEO Frieha Altaf, had its premiere Friday night.
The three-night affair is being released on Catwalk’s digital platforms as well as their partner GEO Entertainment’s YouTube channel and played on the TV channel later in the evenings.
Industry’s top models walked designer wares from the safety of their own homes, keeping in mind social distancing, as Pakistan continues to grapple with COVID-19.
Catwalk compiled their hallway struts with interviews of the models and the designers for a three-episode online fashion event. Each interview, where precedes the collection, focused on thanking the virus frontline workers and acknowledging the tough time that Pakistan and the fashion industry was passing through.
Day one’s line-up included designs from Khaadi, Maheen Kareem, Amir Adnan, Huma Adnan, Nida Azwer and Shamaeel Ansari. Day two and three are expected to feature collections from Generation, Nomi Ansari, Sania Maskatiya, Elan, and Hussain Rehar.
The country’s fashion industry has taken a hit since the spread of COVID-19, closing stores, pausing production and cancelation fashion weeks of which Pakistan has two seasons of each year taking place in Karachi and Lahore respectively.
The fashion show crafted by Altaf is meant to serve two purposes; the first to raise funds and pay tribute to COVID-19 frontliners like doctors and health care workers which the participating designers have done in the form of donations of ration bags, PPE, and even outfits from the collections that will be shown during the show. The second is for boosting the fashion industry itself hoping that the virtual event will lead to online promotion and ultimately online sales.
The show was initially slated to premiere in late May but was postponed following the crash of the Pakistani passenger plane in which a member of the fashion fraternity who was meant to be in the show, model Zara Abid, lost her life.
Catwalk Cares’ days two and three will be released on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th online at 7:00 p.m. local time and later on Geo Entertainment at 9:00 pm.

Episode one of Catwalk Cares:


300 Pakistani doctors return to Saudi after getting stuck in their country

Updated 10 July 2020

300 Pakistani doctors return to Saudi after getting stuck in their country

  • The medical professionals had taken leave from work before the COVID-19 outbreak and were visiting relatives in Pakistan
  • The remaining 200 doctors are scheduled to fly back to the Kingdom next week, says Pakistan’s envoy in Riyadh

ISLAMABAD: More than 300 Pakistani doctors, employed by Saudi hospitals, flew back to the Kingdom last week after getting stuck in their country for months due to the suspension of international flight operations in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz told Arab News on Friday.
The medical professionals had taken leave before the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and were visiting relatives in Pakistan.
“Over 300 Pakistani medics and their families returned to Saudi Arabia last week,” the envoy informed. “The remaining 200 are scheduled to return during the second week of July.”
Ejaz said the embassy had raised the issue of Pakistani doctors with the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2020, soliciting permission for their return so they could help the Kingdom in its battle against the contagion.
“Pakistani doctors are working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic and constitute the backbone of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 response,” Dr. Asad Ullah Roomi, president of the Pakistan Doctors’ Group in Riyadh, told Arab News.
He added that the return of the Pakistani medical professionals would help Saudi Arabia deal with the new coronavirus.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Pakistan Embassy that made it possible for these doctors to return to the Kingdom and resume their duties,” he added.
Dr. Imran Chaudhry, resident physician at the Convalescence Hospital & PT Center, Al-Baha, was stuck in Lahore and recently returned to the Kingdom to rejoin his work.
He thanked the Saudi government for facilitating the return of the doctors, saying their presence in the country was vital to help COVID-19 patients.
“We wanted to rejoin our duty to serve the people in need, and the Saudi government turned it into a smooth process. The Kingdom even provided free tickets to those who could not make travel arrangements for their families,” he told Arab News.
“We had to wait for a long time, but we are back in Saudi Arabia now. At the moment, we have quarantined ourselves, but we will resume our work in the next few days,” Chaudhary said.