Short film about Pakistani construction worker wins award in China

Winners of the second Belt and Road Initiative Short Video Competition receive awards during a ceremony in Wuhan, China on Nov. 20, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Global Times)
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Updated 22 November 2020

Short film about Pakistani construction worker wins award in China

  • Film featuring Pakistani worker Naseer was submitted Gezhouba Company, which is developing the Dasu Dam in northwestern Pakistan
  • Contest aims to share the stories of builders and communities involved in Beijing's multibillion-dollar Belt and Road infrastructure project

ISLAMABAD: A short film about a Pakistani construction worker at the Dasu Dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has won an award at the second Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Short Video Competition in China, local media reported. 
The award ceremony of the competition organized by the China Public Diplomacy Association, the News Center of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), and Chinese government-owned Global Times Online, was held in Wuhan, Hubei province on Friday.

The contest aims to share the stories of builders and communities involved in BRI — Beijing’s multibillion dollar push to develop geopolitical ties through infrastructure and ports. The Dasu Dam hydropower project on the Indus River near Dasu in Kohistan district
is a part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) under the BRI.

The awarded film featuring Pakistani worker Naseer was submitted to the competition by Hubei-based Gezhouba Group Company, which is developing the hydroelectric gravity dam in Dasu.

"Naseer's work at the Dasu Dam has changed the lives of his family and enables his kids to study at school," Global Times Online reported.

According to Wu Hailong, president of China Public Diplomacy Association, more than 500 entries were submitted to the competition by Chinese enterprises and their employees in BRI countries, who used their cameras to tell stories of beating COVID-19 together with local people.

"The short video competition was a concrete action of telling Chinese stories, an example of people-to-people exchanges between China and foreign countries, and also a lively public diplomatic activity," he said during the award ceremony, as quoted by Global Times.


UNGA adopts Pakistan-sponsored resolution on respect for ‘sacred religious symbols’

Updated 03 December 2020

UNGA adopts Pakistan-sponsored resolution on respect for ‘sacred religious symbols’

  • Protests broke out in several Muslim countries, including Pakistan last month, over cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) 
  • Deliberate vilification and negative stereotyping of Islam perpetuates ‘clash of civilizations,’ Pakistan’s envoy to the UN says

ISLAMABAD: Despite opposition from the European Union and other western nations and India, the UN General Assembly Wednesday adopted a Pakistan and Philippines sponsored resolution on inter-religious dialogue that emphasized the need to respect “sacred religious symbols,” Pakistan’s state news agency reported on Thursday. 

The resolution received a majority of 90 votes, none against, with 52 abstentions, APP said.

Protests broke out in several Muslim countries, including Pakistan last month, over France’s response to a deadly attack in October on a teacher who showed cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to pupils during a civics lesson.

For Muslims, depictions of the Prophet are blasphemous.

Pakistan has condemned the recent re-printing of the cartoons. The French president has paid tribute to the murdered teacher, fueling further anger in the Muslim world. 

“Facing strong opposition from the powerful western bloc mainly based on freedom of expression, the Pakistan Mission worked hard to rally the OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation] and other developing countries to garner support for inclusion of new elements in the resolution,” APP reported. 

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Munir Akram, referred to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s repeated calls to the international community and the United Nations to counter Islamophobia and promote respect for religious sensitivities.

“Ambassador Akram also emphasized that the deliberate “vilification and negative stereotyping of adherents of one of the largest religions in the world –Islam — only perpetuates dangerous self-fulfilling prophecies such as the ‘clash of civilizations’ and must be addressed on urgent basis,” APP quoted the ambassador as saying. 

“After some intensive lobbying, the resolution acknowledges — for the first time — the significance and respect for religious symbols,” the state news agency added. “It also stressed that the exercise of the right to freedom of expression carries with it special duties and responsibilities, and must therefore be subjected to legitimate restrictions.”

“The resolution condemned any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to violence or discrimination,” APP said, “and underlines the importance of interrelgious and intercultural dialogue as a valuable tool for promoting social cohesion, and peace and development in the world.”