250,000 Pakistani workers legalized

Updated 13 September 2013
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250,000 Pakistani workers legalized

Some 250,000 Pakistani workers have legalized their status with the help of various legal resources and job fairs organized by the Embassy of Pakistan, asserted Muhammad Naeem Khan, Pakistani ambassador.
“The number of illegal Pakistani workers has declined in part due to the embassy’s official efforts to help compatriots through the various job fairs organized across the Kingdom,” Khan said during a job fair recently organized in the capital.
The Pak envoy thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for his kindness in extending the amnesty deadline.
“We are also thankful to representatives of participating companies, whose contribution is important for the rectification of illegals’ status,” he said.
Khan emphasized that all undocumented workers must legalize their status before the Nov. 3 deadline.
“After Nov. 3, a special team of Saudi inspectors will visit different companies to review the legality of manpower,” Khan said.
Mueenuddin, community welfare attaché at Pakistani Embassy, said: “We thank Pakistani volunteers for their services and their valuable time in helping undocumented fellow workers.”
Mueenuddin said: “More than 400 companies have registered at the Pakistani Embassy to recruit our nationals. We plan to utilize the extended time to rectify the status of illegals Pak workers who intend to continue working in the Kingdom.”
Syed Hammad Abid, another community welfare attaché at Pakistani Embassy, said: “The participation of companies helps in achieving the objective of hiring workers from different professions and also facilitates the process for hundreds of Pakistani workers seeking jobs before the Nov. 3 deadline.”
Most of the job vacancies available at the job fair are for construction workers, shuttering carpenters, masons, steel fixers, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators and accountants, as well as mechanical, civil, electrical engineers, sales executives, waiters, restaurant services, graphic designers and welders, among other professions.
More than 70 Pakistani, local and multinational companies participated in the daylong job fair, which was held at the Pakistan International School in Nasiriya.
The next job fairs will be arranged at the Pakistan International School in Jubail on Sept. 26 and the Pakistan International School in Alkhobar on Sept. 27. The two job fairs will take place between 5 to 10pm.


Yemen FM: No peace before Houthi disarmament

The Arab coalition is striving to rebuild the humanity destroyed by the Houthis, says Yemen’s Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani. File/Getty Images
Updated 26 May 2018
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Yemen FM: No peace before Houthi disarmament

  • Alongside military operations, the coalition is undertaking humanitarian work to “rebuild the humanity destroyed by the Houthis
  • The Houthis’ “weapons and missiles must be handed over, and there is no room for dialogue or negotiation about them

LONDON: There cannot be peace in Yemen unless Houthi militias abandon their arms, said the country’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Khalid Al-Yamani.

The internationally recognized government will not allow Iran, which backs the Houthis, to maintain a foothold in Yemen or interfere in its internal affairs, he added.
“This terrorist regime” in Tehran, “which supplies terrorist militias all over the world, is close to collapse as a result of international and popular pressure by the Iranian people, who are suffering as their terrorist state spends billions here and there for a foolish expansionist idea,” Al-Yamani said.
“The modern and civilized world that respects international law cannot accept the existence of a state sponsor of terrorism and all subversive and terrorist militias in the region,” he added.
“If Iran wants to be part of the social, cultural and political fabric of our region, it must rationalize its behavior.” Its “terrorist behavior… encourages the spread of violence in the region,” he said.
Al-Yamani added that he will start his tenure as foreign minister by focusing on negotiations and the efforts of the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths.
The government is working round the clock with the envoy’s office so he can present his ideas on June 7 after consultations with the government, Al-Yamani said.
There will be meetings in the next few days with Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and a special meeting with the negotiating team, all within the framework of the envoy’s efforts in the region, Al-Yamani added.
Griffiths has visited several countries in the region, and has met with Yemen’s government and the leadership of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
The Houthis “suggest that political arrangements should come before security and military arrangements,” said Al-Yamani.
But “the coup against the state in January 2015 came as a result of the preference of political over security arrangements,” he added.
“And after the Houthis achieved their goals, they turned against the national consensus reflected in the peace and partnership agreement, under which the president provided facilities to save the homeland from the fate we have reached today,” Al-Yamani said.
“We cannot talk about any political arrangements because we consider them to be a foregone conclusion if we achieve the withdrawal and delivery of heavy and medium weapons and missiles,” he added. “We cannot retry something we tried before... The coup must end.”
The Houthis’ “weapons and missiles must be handed over, and there is no room for dialogue or negotiation about them,” he said. “Heavy and medium weapons should be handed over, and those militias must be withdrawn.”
Al-Yamani criticized Iran’s ambassador to the UN for speaking in dovish language while his country causes destruction in Yemen.
“Most of what we have been able to remove of the mines planted by the Houthis had the trademark of Iranian industry,” Al-Yamani said.
“Even if we achieve peace today, we will need decades to demine... There will be no possibility of safe living in the areas where mines were planted.”
Al-Yamani expressed the gratitude of his government and people for the Saudi-led coalition’s support for the government to achieve security and peace in Yemen and the whole region.
Alongside military operations, the coalition is undertaking humanitarian work to “rebuild the humanity destroyed by the Houthis, rebuild the Yemeni psyche destroyed by the war, distribute goods throughout Yemen, and reconstruct what was destroyed by the Houthi war machine,” he said.
“All this confirms that the project of restoring the state… is the project of life,” which is “opposed to the project of death brought by Iran and its Houthi militias to Yemen,” he added.
This interview is simultaneously published in Asharq Al-Awsat.