First Pakistani high-end biodegradable carpet outlet opened in Paris

Ambassador of Pakistan to France, Moin-ul-Haque. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 22 May 2018
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First Pakistani high-end biodegradable carpet outlet opened in Paris

ISLAMABAD: Multan Carpet Industries has opened its first outlet and warehouse in Paris under the name “Noble Natural” to market Pakistan-made, biodegradable, synthetic and handmade high-end carpets and rugs.

Ambassador of Pakistan to France, Moin-ul-Haque, during his visit to the showroom recently termed the opening of the outlet in the posh business area of Paris as a giant leap forward to introduce Pakistan’s hi-tech and environmentally-friendly carpets to the European Market, said a message received here on Tuesday.

The Ambassador appreciated Khalid Saeed, CEO of the Multan Carpet Industries, for taking the bold initiative, saying that this would serve as a trend setter for other Pakistan brands and industrial houses to introduce their high-end products in the rich and affluent European market.

While briefing the Ambassador, Saeed said that the raw material used in making of carpets and rugs was derived from natural cotton, wool and jute and no chemicals or dyes were added, making the product eco-friendly and biodegradable to meet new trends and standards of the European market.


HRW denounces Angola expulsion of 400,000 Congolese

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HRW denounces Angola expulsion of 400,000 Congolese

  • Government has claimed that smuggling was organized by irregular migrants
  • The migrants have accused Angolan security forces of physical and sexual abuse

JOHANNESBURG: A global rights watchdog on Thursday called on Angola to halt mass deportations after more than 400,000 migrants mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo fled or were expelled from Angola in just weeks.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says migrants have been targeted in a massive operation targeting diamond smuggling.
Without producing evidence, the government of President Joao Lourenco has claimed that smuggling was organized and controlled by irregular migrants.
“Angola should stop forcing people to leave the country until it can provide individual assessment and due process guarantees to distinguish irregular migrants from refugees and registered migrant workers,” said Dewa Mavhinga, the HRW southern Africa director in a statement.
In a report, HRW said the government “should immediately suspend the deportation of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into alleged abuses by state security forces.”
The migrants have accused Angolan security forces of physical and sexual abuse that feed a climate of fear and intimidation.
Angola is the world’s fifth-largest diamond producing country.
HRW pointed to UN reports that Angolan security forces and allied youth militias from the ethnic Tshokwe group, shot dead at least six Congolese last month during an operation in Lunda North province bordering Congo.
The government has vehemently denied that its security forces committed abuses during “Operation Transparency.” But the Angolan ambassador to the DRC, Jose Joao Manuel, has said his government was willing to investigate the allegations, according to HRW.
The rights group also expressed fears that the sudden return of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants risked further destabilising southern Congo in the wake of national elections set to take place on December 23.
DR Congo has an abundance of mineral wealth but is rocked by unrest unleashed by rebel groups and militias from within and neighboring nations such as Uganda and Rwanda.
Oil-rich Angola attracts hordes of Congolese as it is relatively stable and offers better employment prospects.
Angola and DR Congo share a 2,500-kilometer (1,550-mile) land border, the longest in Africa.