Pak expats outraged at TV host’s antics

Updated 01 August 2013

Pak expats outraged at TV host’s antics

Many members of the Pakistani community in the Kingdom are expressing anger at TV host Aamir Liaquat’s offensive programs and style, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.
Last week, Liaquat invited the singer Taher Shah to his Ramadan show and mocked the singer as he sang his single “Eye to Eye” on live television. The TV show host ridiculed his music and got personal, commenting on his hair and even tugging at it.
After requesting Shah to sing a few lines from his song, Liaquat interrupted him, bringing in a live snake and forcing the singer to wrap it around his neck. The cameraman focused on the distressed singer’s face as Liaquat toyed with Shah’s hair.
Maleeha Ahmad, who is working as a general physician in Riyadh, said: “Shah is also a human being who did not deserve to be treated with such disregard, especially on live TV. Making fun in front of the entire nation is pathetic.”
Asif Iqbal, a Pakistani businessman in Riyadh, said: “Islam taught us to respect others but the audience is encouraging the host’s shameful behavior.”
Afsheen Salahuddin, a housewife, said that Liaquat needs to learn some basic manners. “He needs to understand that it is a Ramadan show and that he should not have invited Shah to such a show,” she said.
She added that Liaquat acted this way because a large number of people had already made fun of and humiliated Shah on Facebook and Twitter. “It is very wretched how he throws gifts at people in his show,” she said.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.