Pakistan demands UN action against Houthis for Makkah attack

In this file photo taken on April 7, 2015, Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (R) addresses the joint session of parliament in Islamabad. (AFP)
Updated 24 November 2016
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Pakistan demands UN action against Houthis for Makkah attack

RIYADH: Pakistan has strongly condemned the launching of ballistic missile toward the holy city of Makkah.
The Pakistani Senate called on the OIC and the UN Security Council to take notice of flouting the sanctity of religious holy places which amounts to encroachment upon the religious sanctity of over a billion Muslims.
The ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militias targeting Makkah on Oct.27 evoked widespread condemnation from key world leaders, foreign ambassadors in Riyadh and prominent organizations.
The missile was intercepted by Saudi ground forces and downed 65 km from the holy city.
Pakistani Ambassador Manzoor Ul Haq confirmed the decision made by Pakistan’s Senate, which unanimously condemned the launch of the ballistic missile. The upper house of the legislature unanimously adopted a draft resolution submitted by the head of the ruling party in the chamber, Raja Zafarul Haq.
The resolution demanded the UN Security Council and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation take strict action against those responsible for the attempted attack on the most sacred spot for a billion Muslims around the world, which hurt the feelings of the people of Pakistan and the Islamic nation as a whole.
The resolution stressed that Pakistan lends its full support for the Kingdom in the defense of the sanctity of the holy places, which is the hub of the Islamic nation.
Ambassador Haq in an earlier statement said: “The news of a missile attack targeting the holy city is shocking for every Muslim. We strongly condemn any attack against Makkah or any other part of the Kingdom.”
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy a deep and longstanding bond based on their common faith and geopolitical interests. A large number of Pakistanis work in the Kingdom.
For the second time in 2016, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid an official visit to Riyadh in March. He took part in the closing ceremony of the Northern Thunder military exercise in the Saudi desert. It was also the second time that the prime minister was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif on a trip to the Kingdom.
Military contacts between Islamabad and Riyadh have been maintained for several decades. The first bilateral agreements were signed back in the 1960’s. In the 1980’s, two teams of Pakistani ground troops were stationed in Saudi Arabia.


Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

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Local designers to share the spotlight during second Saudi Fashion Week

  • Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week
  • The Grazia Middle East Style Awards will this year take place in Riyadh

RIYADH: Emerging Saudi fashion designers will get a chance to showcase their work alongside internationally renowned peers — including Yahya Couture, Yuliya Yanina and Lama Askari — during the second edition of Saudi Fashion Week, which runs from October 21 to 25, 2018.

The dates were revealed by the event’s founder, Princess Noura bint Faisal Al-Saud, who made a statement with her choice of outfit for the official announcement: a black abaya with a traditional Saudi hand embroidered, red design.

The princess, who is honorary president of the Arab Fashion Council in Saudi Arabia, said she always dreamed of being part of the fashion industry and is working hard to help the dreams ofothers come true as well, by supporting local designers,providing them with a platform on which to showcase their creativity, and supplying them with the tools they need to succeed.

“This fashion week is sponsored by the GCA and we want to highlight our Saudi culture,” she said when asked how the second edition will differ from the inaugural event in April 2018. “Every designer is unique and designs in a different way. Our culture is not only about wearing an abaya; it’s what makes you comfortable as a person.

“We have more local names coming out and a program to support emerging designers. This is a platform with which we support Saudi designers, in their country, which they represent.”

However, it also embraces the wider international fashion industry, as well.

“it’s an exchange of cultures. It’s a platform for Saudi and other countries,” said Princess Noura. “When we speak about fashion, it’s a mirror that reflects our culture and modernity.”

To help launch the careers of Saudis who are just starting out in the fashion industry, a “Top emerging Saudi designers” program has been developed, and the country’s fashion community has chosen six designers to participate, some of whom are recentcollege graduates. It will offer them support and give them real-world experience of the fashion industry.

Riyadh will be the hub of Saudi Fashion Week, with three runway shows each day, beginning at 8pm. In addition, a fashion festival featuring pop-up stores will run throughout the event. The Grazia Middle East Style Awards, which is usually held in Dubai, will this year take place in Riyadh on the final day of Saudi Fashion Week.

“I want every designer in Saudi Arabia to not be afraid and to come out and show what they are made of. Be Brave,” added Princess Noura.