Naseef optimistic about Rabita trust reactivation

Updated 23 March 2014
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Naseef optimistic about Rabita trust reactivation

The Jeddah-based Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) held an event to mark the 74th anniversary of the Pakistan resolution adopted in March 1940 in Lahore. The event was presided over by Hilal-e-Pakistan recipient and former Muslim World League chief Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef. Former diplomat Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi was the chief guest and Saeed Al-Farha was the guest of honor.
Naseef said Pakistan is an important member of the Muslim world, which is facing more issues with the passage of time, and so it is very important to work with unity and strategy and try to solve the issues. He said that Rabita Trust was established in July 1988 with, as signatory, late President Zia-ul Haq and former general secretary (Naseef) and mandate of repatriation and rehabilitation of Pakistanis stranded in Bangladesh. Some work was done by Nawaz Sharif during his tenures in 1993 and 1997. However, it was frozen in 2001 by Pervez Musharraf and all the work stopped.
He said that he is in touch with the present government and hoped that Nawaz Sharif will reactivate the repatriation work. He praised Punjab government for allocating land for building housing units for rehabilitation of repatriated Pakistanis there. If the Rabita Trust reactivation was not possible then Pakistan can establish a commission to organize the repatriation work and in this OIC and MWL should be able to extend support.
Al-Ghamdi said that every Muslim should pray for Pakistan which gives strength to the Ummah. Pakistan was established after great sacrifices of Muslims of the sub-continent. In the 1947 migration from India those who migrated to East Pakistan are still languishing in camps due to creation of Bangladesh in 1971.
He said it is the primary responsibility of Pakistan to pursue action to settle them and in this Bangladesh should also play active role and if some percentage of stranded Pakistanis could settle then Bangladesh should facilitate their settlement with dignity and humanity. Pakistan should approach OIC, MWL to overcome difficulties in solving the issue. He praised the proposal made by PRC in arranging “repatriation and rehabilitation on self-finance basis.”
Saeed Al-Farha, former director, International Civil Aviation Organization, said he has full confidence that Pakistan will soon recover from all crisis under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. He urged the prime minister to take sincere measures to solve the issue of stranded Pakistanis. He also reminded Pakistanis to learn Arabic.
While thanking the guests, PRC convener, Syed Ehsanul Haque praised Dr. Naseef for supporting the cause which, he said, could be solved during the present regime of Nawaz Sharif.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 23 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”