Saudi courts to have Urdu interpreters

Updated 18 February 2013

Saudi courts to have Urdu interpreters

Security investigation authorities will introduce Urdu interpretation services for Pakistani nationals in Saudi courts and in police investigations, according to Aftab Ahmed Khokar, the Pakistan consul general in Jeddah.
The new service allows Pakistanis under investigation in criminal matters to answer questions from investigators, lawyers and judges.
Khokar told Arab News on Saturday that with the introduction of Urdu interpretation service at the investigation and prosecution level, language problems will be eliminated.
He also said that introduction of Urdu interpretation service is critical for accused Pakistani nationals as well as Saudi investigation authorities.
He also said that Pakistan also requested Saudi Arabian authorities to provide an interpreter service prior to signing any confessions. The Pakistan consul general also said that prosecution authorities will also provide Urdu interpretation service.
He said that due to language problems some innocent Pakistani nationals arriving in Kingdom for Umrah face difficult times with law authorities.
The consul general said that 2,158 Pakistani nationals are in prison, including 1,358 in western and southern regions. About 670 Pakistani nationals are in custody in Jeddah, and 430 in Makkah.

TheFace: For this successful fashion designer, one dream was not enough

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TheFace: For this successful fashion designer, one dream was not enough

  • Lacking in financial assistance but armed with grit, perseverance and passion, a young Saudi woman fashion designer launches her own brand while pursuing further studies, and succeed in both

I was born and raised in Riyadh and moved to London in 2004 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a Master’s degree in Mental Health.

Eight years ago, when I started on my Ph.D. in Psychology, I felt compelled to go into fashion design. Armed with grit, perseverance and passion, I took the plunge and launched my own brand, LUM, in May 2010.

I had no financial assistance and no fancy business plans — but I believed in it. No one else did, except my older sister who stood by me.

In spite of its humble beginning, the brand was well-received in the Kingdom and the Gulf region. But my father, a physician, was not convinced. I placed a bet with him, vowing to make substantial sales and revenue within one month. On July 1, 2013, I won that bet, making him my number one supporter.  In 2016, I achieved my academic dream, obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology at City University London.  

But it was not easy. Enduring sleepless nights and homesickness, I persevered to meet high academic demands. Meanwhile, the LUM business continued to flourish.

People asked why a successful fashion designer would pursue a doctorate in psychology. I was constantly asked to pick one — but my heart was in one and my mind was in another. 

Few believed I could achieve both. At times, I too doubted myself.

Today, I am an assistant professor at Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah, supervising award-winning researchers. I am also a Saudi designer and manager of a successful fashion brand sold in the GCC, New York and Los Angeles.  I share my story to empower women to pursue their dreams, to believe in themselves, to fight for what they want.

People still ask: “Why both?” 

I reply, smiling: “Because one dream was not enough.”