Pakistan to observe 'Day of Prayer' every Friday to seek mercy against COVID-19

A child prays during Friday prayers at the Jamia Mosque during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on April 3, 2020. (AFP/File)
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Updated 04 December 2020

Pakistan to observe 'Day of Prayer' every Friday to seek mercy against COVID-19

  • Ulema assure President Alvi mosque administrations will ensure social distancing during congregational prayers
  • Alvi says mosques and media have important role in raising awareness about COVID-19 health guidelines

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani president Dr. Arif Alvi has said starting December 4, ‘Youm-e-Dua,’ or day of prayer, would be observed every Friday to seek god’s mercy to protect people against the novel coronavirus.
He announced this after a delegation of ulema met him at the president house on Thursday, saying a 20-point Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) plan announced in April needed to be implemented to overcome a second wave of the coronavirus currently sweeping through Pakistan.
“The President mentioned that ulema had assured that the mosque administrations would ensure the proper safe-distancing during congregational prayers,” state news agency APP said. “The SOPs regarding mosques included proper distance among worshippers, disinfecting carpets and floors, ablution at homes before coming to mosques and bringing own prayer rugs.”
Alvi said mosques and the media had an important role to play in raising awareness about the importance of COVID-19 SOPs.
Government data released on Friday showed Pakistan had recorded 55 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, as the nationwide tally of fatalities jumped to 8,260 and infections reached 410,072.
After a peak of over 6,800 daily infections in June, the number fell to a low of 213 in August, and remained below 700 for most of the last three months. But there has been a sharp rise in new cases since last month.
Earlier this month, the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan ruled out a complete lockdown and decided to continue the “smart lockdown” policy with strict implementation of safety guidelines.
The country’s last comprehensive lockdown was lifted in May.


Pakistan ready to tap into Kuwait's skilled labor market — envoy

Updated 15 January 2021

Pakistan ready to tap into Kuwait's skilled labor market — envoy

  • Pakistan committed to provide skilled labor to Kuwait in line with its Vision 2035 to diversify economy and strengthen relations with Asia
  • Pakistanis make up one of the largest groups of foreigners living and working in Kuwait

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is ready to provide skilled workers to Kuwait's labor market, the Pakistani ambassador to the Gulf country said on Thursday, after a meeting with a top official of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Manpower.
Ambassador Syed Sajjad Haider and Pakistan’s deputy head of mission, Tahreem Ilyas, met with Public Authority for Manpower director general Ahmad Al-Mousa to discuss issues related to Pakistani workers in Kuwait.
"Pakistan is ready to provide experienced and skilled manpower according to the demands of the Kuwaiti labor market," Ambassador Haider said, as quoted in a report by Kuwait Times, which was shared by the Pakistani embassy on social media.

He also expressed hope that the number of Pakistani workers in Kuwait would increase in the future.
In October, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari, said that Pakistan was committed to the development of Kuwait and would provide skilled workforce in multiple sectors aligned with Kuwait’s Vision 2035 to diversify the economy away from oil and strengthen relations with Asia.
Pakistanis make up one of the largest groups of foreigners living and working in Kuwait.