Saudi donation to support coronavirus fight at Karachi hospitals 

Saudi Consul General Bandar Fahad Al-Dayel and SABIC Pakistan general manager Saleh Ali Al-Zahrani present a cheque to Dr. Abdul Bari, CEO of the Indus Hospital, in Karachi on June 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Consulate in Karachi)
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Updated 01 July 2020

Saudi donation to support coronavirus fight at Karachi hospitals 

  • Donation is part of SABIC Pakistan’s corporate responsibility program
  • The two Karachi hospitals are on the forefront of Pakistan’s COVID-19 response


ISLAMABAD: Saudi Aramco subsidiary SABIC Pakistan on Tuesday donated over Rs8 million for the coronavirus fight of two hospitals in Karachi.

Saudi Consul General Bandar Fahad Al-Dayel and SABIC general manager Saleh Ali Al-Zahrani presented Rs4.2 million ($25,000) cheques to Dr. Abdul Bari, CEO of the Indus Hospital, and Dr. Adeeb-ul-Hasan Rizvi, head of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).

The two Karachi hospitals are on the forefront of Pakistan’s COVID-19 response.




Saudi Consul General Bandar Fahad Al-Dayel and SABIC Pakistan general manager Saleh Ali Al-Zahrani present a cheque to to Dr. Adeeb-ul-Hasan Rizvi, head of the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), in Karachi on June 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Consulate in Karachi)

The donation is part of SABIC’s corporate social responsibility program, the Saudi consulate in Karachi said in a statement.

SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) is a multinational chemical manufacturing company, a subsidiary of the kingdom’s state-run oil company Saudi Aramco.

Last week, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a phone conversation with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, detailed the challenges Pakistan is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Wednesday, 213,470 known COVID-19 cases were recorded in Pakistan, with over 4,133 new infections reported in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry data showed.

At least 4,395 Pakistanis have died from the virus and 2,700 are in critical condition. Over 100,800 are known to have recovered from the disease.


Pakistani PM’s office launches Arabic Twitter handle to put out news on Imran Khan

Updated 25 min 28 sec ago

Pakistani PM’s office launches Arabic Twitter handle to put out news on Imran Khan

  • Khan has 12.5 million followers on his official Twitter account, the largest of any Pakistani
  • Pakistan enjoys close ties with many Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office has launched a new Twitter handle @ArabicIk to put out news and information about the PM in the Arabic language.
The account, which was launched in May 2020, has videos of Khan’s speeches and interviews along with Arabic messages.
Khan has 12.5 million followers on his official Twitter account, the largest of any Pakistani.
Pakistan enjoys close ties with many Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Around 3 million Pakistani expats live and work in Saudi Arabia and UAE is also the second largest labor market for Pakistan workers.