Fans upset with last-minute Rahat Fateh Riyadh concert cancellation

Updated 03 November 2018
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Fans upset with last-minute Rahat Fateh Riyadh concert cancellation

RIYADH: Legendary Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan left fans shocked and disappointed after a last-minute cancelation of his performance on Friday night at Riyadh’s King Fahad Culture Center, citing political strife in Pakistan.
About 3,000 people, mainly Pakistani and Indian expatriates, had already arrived at the venue, when the announcement of cancelation was made.
Rahat’s first concert in Saudi Arabia was completely sold out in less than three days with ticket’s ranging in price from SR100 to SR1,000.
Rahat, who pulled out of the show at the eleventh hour, said: “I, along with the Pakistani embassy and the Saudi government agencies decided to postpone the show keeping in the situation in Pakistan.”
The singer, however, said that he was “completely overwhelmed by the love and respect I got in Riyadh.”
Rahat also said: “I promise I will do my best to make this up to everybody I’ve let down today, I will definitely perform in Riyadh later, when the situation improves. I will come back to perform as soon as normalcy is restored in Pakistan.”
The situation in Pakistan worsened on Friday after the assassination of a high-profile Islamic cleric and politician Sami-ul-Haq.
Ul-Haq was killed at his home in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.
Meanwhile, protesters continued to block highways and forced the closing of schools and businesses in the aftermath, after Asia Bibi, convicted in 2010 on evidence of violating new Pakistani blasphemy laws, was acquitted by the country’s supreme court last Wednesday.
Rahat, a top Pakistan musician and playback singer of Bollywood and Pakistani film industry, has judged several television shows. He is also the first Pakistani singer to perform at the Noble Prize Concert in 2014.
He has won dozens of prestigious national and international awards including Lux Style Awards, Pakistan Media Award, Filmfare Award, and IIFA Award.


World Scouting, Saudi Arabian Scout Association discuss global assessment tool

Updated 27 min 44 sec ago
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World Scouting, Saudi Arabian Scout Association discuss global assessment tool

  • The association prepared for the jamboree by setting up a radio station in its headquarters of the association in Riyadh
JEDDAH: World Scouting, represented by the Global Support Assessment Committee (GSAT), held a meeting with the members of the secretariat of the Saudi Arabian Scout Association (SASA) at its headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday.
They discussed the final evaluation stages by using the Global Support Assessment Tool (GSAT) adopted by the World Scouting for the assessment of its member countries.
The meeting also reviewed the criteria for global evaluation and all its procedures to ensure quality.
The Saudi association joined the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1963 and hosted the Arab Jamboree in Taif in 2000. There are over 50 million Scouts in the world and 28 million of them are Muslim.
SASA has been helping Hajj pilgrims for 47 years, adapting along the way to keep up with changing times and making use of new technologies.
Recently, SASA took part in the World Scout Jamboree Jota 61 on the Air and Joti 22 on the internet. The association prepared for the jamboree by setting up a radio station in its headquarters of the association in Riyadh.