KSRelief distributes 50 tons of dates in Pakistan

Dr. Khalid Muhammad Al-Othmani, Director KSRelief Pakistan, and Aon Abbas Buppi, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, are signing a Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad for the distribution of 36 tons of dates provided by the Saudi relief agency on July 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)
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Updated 02 July 2020

KSRelief distributes 50 tons of dates in Pakistan

  • Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with KSRelief as distribution partner
  • Top Bait-ul-Mal official applauds Saudi government for distributing relief items among needy Pakistanis during the COVID-19 pandemic

ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched a project to distribute 50 tons of dates among Pakistan’s underprivileged social segments, the Saudi humanitarian agency said in a statement on Thursday.

The organization has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal that will distribute 36 tons of the commodity. The rest of the 14 tons will be shared with deserving families and people by the Saudi relief agency that will send out its teams to different parts of the country for the purpose.

“Dr. Khalid Muhammad Al-Othmani, Director KSrelief Pakistan, handed over 36 tons of dates to Aon Abbas Buppi, Managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, for distribution among deserving people of Kashmore (Sindh), Dera Bugti (Balochistan) and Wana (Waziristan) in Pakistan,” the statement said.

KSRelief provides humanitarian and development aid to more than 47 countries over four continents. With international, regional and local partners in place in these states, the Saudi organization has delivered assistance to millions of beneficiaries worldwide.

Pakistan is the fifth-largest recipient of aid from KSRelief and has received $120.14 million in aid since 2005.

Managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Aon Abbas Buppi thanked the Saudi authorities for remembering its Pakistani brothers and sisters during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.




Dr. Khalid Muhammad Al-Othmani, Director KSRelief Pakistan, and Aon Abbas Buppi, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, are signing a Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad for the distribution of 36 tons of dates provided by the Saudi relief agency on July 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy: KSRelief)

“I am highly grateful to KSRelief for today’s MoU through which they have handed over to us 36 tons of dates. We are the implementation partners of KSRelief. These dates will be distributed in three of the poorest districts of Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” he told Arab News, adding that the Saudi gift meant a lot since it came during one of the toughest periods of human history.

“The Saudi government through its welfare organization has kept on providing relief items to needy Pakistanis even during the pandemic. It had earlier distributed 20,000 food bags in Punjab during the lockdown phase which was commendable,” he added.




Dr. Khalid Muhammad Al-Othmani, Director KSRelief Pakistan, and Aon Abbas Buppi, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Islamabad for the distribution of 36 tons of dates provided by the Saudi relief agency on July 2, 2020. (Photo courtesy: KSrelief)

Buppi hoped the cooperation between both official relief organizations was going to strengthen in the future.

“I am hopeful that this cooperation between Bait-ul-Mal and KSRelief will continue in the future as well. While government-to-government cooperation is important between the two countries, the cooperation between two official welfare organizations can have significant, positive and direct impact on public lives,” he said, adding that KSRelief had been working with the Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal for the last several years.

“Last year, we worked together in Kashmir on different relief projects. One of them entailed distribution of food bags to poor families. We are also going to launch another joint relief project in South Waziristan soon,” Buppi said.


Islamabad court orders government to allow India to appoint lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav

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Islamabad court orders government to allow India to appoint lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav

  • The former naval commander was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan and convicted of espionage
  • India took the matter to the International Court of Justice which ordered a stay on Jadhav’s execution in 2019

ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad high court on Monday ordered the Pakistan government to give India a ‘chance’ to appoint a representative for Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian man condemned to death on charges of spying, Pakistani media reported.
Former Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan and convicted of espionage and sabotage by a Pakistani military court a year later.
India took the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ordered a stay on Jadhav’s execution in 2019, as well as consular access for India. Pakistan was also ordered to conduct an “effective review” of the death penalty.
Indian officials say they have been prevented from obtaining Jadhav’s written consent to arrange legal representation, necessary for a review of his case. Earlier this month, Pakistan invited India to file a review against the death sentence in light of the ICJ judgment.
A two-member bench comprising IHC chief justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard a petition filed by the Pakistan government to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav on Monday.
Responding to the judge’s remarks, Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan said an ordinance had been passed by parliament recently to give an opportunity to India and Jadhav to file a review petition against the sentence.
“We will contact India again through the Foreign Office,” he said.
Under the ‘International Court of Justice Review and Reconsideration Ordinance 2020’, which was enacted on May 20, a petition for the review of a military court’s decision can be filed with the Islamabad high court through an application within 60 days of its promulgation.
The Pakistan government has said Jadhav refuses to file a review petition or an application to reconsider the military court’s verdict.
Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said last week Pakistan had blocked all avenues for effective remedy available to India in the Jadhav case, saying New Delhi has so far requested consular access to Jadhav for 12 times over the past one year.