Shift in global thinking required to develop blue economy, says Arif Alvi

Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi speaks at the 9th International Maritime Conference (IMC-21) in Karachi, Pakistan on February 13, 2021. (Photo courtesy: @PresOfPakistan/Twitter)
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Updated 13 February 2021

Shift in global thinking required to develop blue economy, says Arif Alvi

  • President Arif Alvi advocates responsible use of ocean resources while addressing an international maritime conference in Karachi
  • The conference is part of a multinational exercise arranged by the Pakistan Navy to help foster a shared vision in the Indian Ocean region

KARACHI: President Arif Alvi urged the international community on Saturday to adopt a more responsible attitude toward oceans to ensure the development of blue economy.
“For blue economy to thrive, the world needs to bring an end to irresponsible exploitation of oceans,” he said while pointing out that this would require a serious shift in global thinking.
Alvi made the statement after inaugurating a three-day international maritime conference in Karachi. The event took place at a time when Pakistan has arranged a multinational naval drill to help foster a shared vision in the Indian Ocean region.
The Pakistan Navy has been organizing the AMAN exercises every two years since 2007. This year, 45 countries, including Saudi Arabia, are participating in the drill that is designed to enhance their interoperability in a diverse maritime environment.
“Pakistan besides defending its maritime borders will adopt a responsible strategy on blue economy for sustainable use of ocean resources to benefit mankind,” Alvi said.
He noted that about 90 percent of fish stock depletion in the coastal areas of his country was not recoverable, adding that the same thing was also true for the rest of the world.
The president also maintained that Pakistan had moved away from a geo-strategic to geo-economic vision, saying that it wanted to offer shortest trade routes to China and Central Asian countries.
Analysts around the world describe the Indian Ocean as a highly strategic region. Many of them say its waters are rich in oil and mineral resources while recognizing its immense significance for global maritime trade.
Pakistan has developed the Gwadar deep-sea port in collaboration with China to raise its strategic profile in the region. Its officials have frequently maintained that the government is striving for greater regional connectivity and development partnerships which would also require a viable Indian Ocean strategy.
The international maritime conference, “Development of Blue Economy under a Secure and Sustainable Environment: A Shared Future for Western Indian Ocean Region,” was attended by Naval Chief Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi, President Azad Kashmir Masood Khan and others who also spoke on the occasion.


'You will be turned back:' No tourism allowed, warns Pakistani minister 

Updated 10 min 21 sec ago

'You will be turned back:' No tourism allowed, warns Pakistani minister 

  • Pakistan is battling a third wave of COVID-19
  • Earlier this month, Pakistan announced a new set of restrictions, including closure of all tourist resorts during Eid holidays

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s planning minister Asad Umar on Sunday warned people not to go to tourist areas within the country during the Eid holidays, and said anyone who tried ‘will be turned back.’
In a tweet, Umar, who also heads a federal body overseeing Pakistan's pandemic response, said:
“In NCOC meeting today, chief secretaries from federating units which have popular tourist destinations, requested to remind everyone that tourist areas are closed from 8th to 16th, so please do not come, or you will be turned back.”

In the middle of a third wave of COVID-19, Pakistan announced a new set of restrictions earlier this month which includes the closure of all tourist resorts from May 8 to 16.
Every year in the Eid holidays, Pakistanis from southern regions throng to the northern areas and hill stations of the country to enjoy the good weather.Meanwhile, President Arif Alvi urged Pakistanis to follow the standard operating procedures (SOP’s) set up by the government to control the virus spread and to stop the third wave of COVID-19 from getting worse.
“Don't let your guard down. Strictly follow SOP’s, in Ramadan/Eid & all Smart Lockdown Policies,” the President’s tweet read.

The South Asian country of over 220 million people reported 118 deaths and 3,785 new confirmed cases over the last 24 hours on Sunday. Since the start of the pandemic in February last year, Pakistan has reported 18,915 deaths from COVID-19 among 858,026 confirmed cases.
In neighboring India, a record number of daily cases have been reported in the last month as the healthcare infrastructure in some Indian cities has completely collapsed, according to reports.


Pakistan enforce follow-on after bowling out Zimbabwe for 132

Updated 22 min 56 sec ago

Pakistan enforce follow-on after bowling out Zimbabwe for 132

  • Pakistan, seeking to complete a sweep of the two-match series, had a first-innings led by 378
  • Lunch interval was delayed because Zimbabwe were nine down at the scheduled break

HARARE: Pakistan enforced the follow on after bowling hosts Zimbabwe out for 132 on the third day of the second and final Test at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Pakistan, seeking to complete a sweep of the two-match series, had a first-innings led by 378
Fast bowler Hasan Ali continued his mastery over Zimbabwe's batsmen with a career-best five for 27 as Zimbabwe lost six wickets for 80 runs in an extended morning's play.
The lunch interval was delayed because Zimbabwe were nine down at the scheduled break. Last-wicket pair Richard Ngarava and Blessing Muzarabani added 22 runs before Muzarabani was run out.
Hasan, man of the match after taking nine for 89 as Pakistan won the first Test by an innings and 116 runs at the same venue, gave another impeccable display of controlled fast bowling.
He struck with the fourth ball of the day after Zimbabwe resumed on 52 for four, having Tendai Chisoro caught at second slip.
He followed up by removing top-scorer Regis Chakabva, caught at first slip for 33, before bowling Luke Jongwe in a spell of three for 14 in six overs.
Hasan came back later to have injured batsman Roy Kaia caught at gully.
Kaia, who hurt his left knee fielding at short leg on Friday, came out to bat at number nine. Although restricted in his movements he defied the Pakistan bowlers for 52 balls in scoring 11.
With a rare attacking shot, Kaia struck Abid Ali, fielding at short leg, on the left elbow. Abid, who inflicted the injury on Kaia while making a double century in Pakistan's innings, was forced to leave the field.


Pakistani president condemns Israeli ‘apartheid’ against Palestinians

Updated 09 May 2021

Pakistani president condemns Israeli ‘apartheid’ against Palestinians

  • Top Pakistani leaders condemn crackdown of Israeli “occupation forces” on Al-Aqsa Mosque worshippers
  • Israeli police open fire on Palestinians protesting evictions from their homes in East Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s president on Sunday condemned Israel’s “apartheid” practices and violent attacks on worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in the wake of ongoing protests against forced evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.

At least 90 Palestinians were injured by Israeli police on Saturday in a crackdown on protesters in the Old City of Jerusalem, as tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers prayed at nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque. A day earlier, over 200 protesters were injured when Israeli security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades on Palestinians who opposed being forced out of their homes claimed by Jewish settlers.

“It is a shame that Israeli apartheid against Palestinians continues. Atrocious attack on peaceful praying Muslims is given the usual media spin of ‘clashes,’” President Arif Alvi said on Twitter.

“My brothers don’t lose hope,” he added. “Time is near when International Politics will be based on morality & not on vested interests.”

Other top Pakistani leaders also condemned the crackdown by Israeli “occupation forces.”
“Condemn in strongest terms attack on innocent worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, first Qibla of Islam, by Israeli Occupation Forces in the holy month of Ramzan. Such brutality is against very spirit of humanity & human rights law,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a tweet, as he expressed Pakistan’s “steadfast support” of the Palestinian cause.

Religious Affairs Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri said in a statement that the Israeli shelling on unarmed Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque is the “worst act of terrorism and inhumanity.”

The Pakistani opposition echoed the government’s condemnation.

Top opposition leader Shehbaz Shairf questioned the role of the willingness of the international community in stopping the “worst human rights abuses” that are taking place in Palestine.

“There is no one to put stop to Israel’s desire for occupation of more Palestinian lands,” he said on Twitter.
Meanwhile Pakistani and Saudi leadership reaffirmed full support for legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.
In a joint statement issued on late Saturday, during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the two countries expressed their “full support for all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, especially, their right to self-determination and establishment of their independent state with pre-1967 borders.”

The also recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine “in accordance with the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant UN resolutions.”


Pakistan exports record volume of kinnow as sales in Gulf countries increase by 29 percent

Updated 09 May 2021

Pakistan exports record volume of kinnow as sales in Gulf countries increase by 29 percent

  • The country earned a revenue of $253 million by exporting 460,000 tons of the fruit during the latest season
  • Despite significant sales volume, exporters say they suffered significant losses due to exchange rate fluctuations 

KARACHI: Pakistan has earned a sizeable revenue of $253 million by exporting 460,000 tons of kinnow during the latest season, said a representative of the business community involved in the trade on Saturday, adding that the country mainly benefited from the robust demand for the fruit in the Middle Eastern markets. 

Initially, Pakistani traders had set an export target of 350,000 tons of the fruit with an expected earning of $210 million, but they ended up shipping the highest ever export volume in the country’s history toward the end of the 2020-21 season. 

“The demand for kinnow underwent a significant surge across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic since citrus fruits play a vital role in strengthening our immunity system and protect us from deadly diseases,” Waheed Ahmed, patron-in-chief of the All Pakistan Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association, said. 

During the export season that concluded in April 2021, Pakistan’s international kinnow sales surged by 30 percent as compared to the preceding period when it sold 353,000 tons. 

According to the exporters of the fruit, the country’s aromatic kinnow sold quite well in the Middle East where its export grew by 29 percent due to its unique flavor. 

Pakistan exported about 43,998 tons of kinnow to the United Arab Emirates which was 38 percent higher than its sales in the previous season.

The country’s export of the fruit to Saudi Arabia also increased by about 9 percent where it sold a quantum of about 21,970 tons.

Pakistan also shipped about 66,700 tons of kinnow to other gulf countries, including Oman, Qatar and Iraq.

“Due to the commendable efforts and extensive assistance of the government, the country managed to export a much greater volume of the fruit than anticipated,” Ahmed said. 

However, he added that individual Pakistani exporters sustained huge financial losses despite selling more kinnow due to the dollar-rupee exchange rate fluctuations.

“The export orders materialized when the exchange rate stood at Rs168,” he said. “By the time the payments were made, the Pakistani rupee had acquired greater stability and the exchange rate was at Rs153.”

He also thought that the commodity did not get its fair price in the international market since the freight cost disproportionately increased due to international lockdowns, and local exporters suffered their highest losses in the Russian market. 


This Mother’s Day, some of Pakistani Twitter’s best mom-advice 

Updated 09 May 2021

This Mother’s Day, some of Pakistani Twitter’s best mom-advice 

  • Mother’s Day falls on May 9 this year
  • ‘When you’re a mom, you’ll know!’

RAWALPINDI: For Mother’s Day, Arab News asked Pakistani Twitter to share with us the best mom-advice they’ve ever got. The result is a touching insight into the invaluable lessons parents (and grandparents) give their children.
Here’s a compilation of some of our favorite mom thoughts!

Twitter user @Mahobilli’s mom:
“You can cry and live, or you can laugh and live, either way you will live so choose to laugh.”

Twitter user @SubhaKaboola’s mom: 
 “If you leave a social setting unhappy, try and avoid such settings in the future, it isn’t worth your mental wellbeing.”

Influencer and digital media consultant Nabeha Latif’s mom: 
“Never overdo what you can’t do everyday.”

Writer @Sauliloquy1’s mom:

“If you’re worried about something, work to change it. If you can’t change something, don’t worry about it.”

Twitter user @Rtvnvir’s mom:

“Remember to keep your bank account separate from your husband’s whenever you get married.”

The sentiment was shared by Twitter user @Nawalhussain99’s mom:

“A woman must always be financially independent.”

Twitter user @Maneehaa’s grandmother:

“My grandmother has been advising me to save up for a car since my college days. “Mobility is the key to your freedom and independence.” Proud to have such a progressive nano.

Twitter user @Crycrisis’ mother:

“Truly believing in yourself to the point of arrogance will help you survive in a world where men are always trying to humble women.”


Twitter user @Parathacentral’s mom: 
“There always will be haters. Whether you go this way or the other. You do you.”

Twitter user @Zaaraka: 
“The only thing you came to this world with was self respect. That’s the only thing you can take with you when you leave too.”

Twitter user @Curly_fry88’s 

“When someone makes a decision where it feels like they’re giving up without a fight, always remember that people choose according to the consequences they feel more comfortable facing. Don’t judge them by your standards.”

Screenwriter Kayhan Suleman’s mom:
“You can’t change everything or everyone.”

Educator @SohaTazz’s mom wins with: 
“When you become a mom, then you’ll know!”