Imran Khan nominates Arif Alvi for president

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Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry announced on Saturday that Arif Alvi (pictured) is the party’s presidential candidate.
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(Photo courtesy: Dr. Arif Alvi's Facebook account)
Updated 19 August 2018

Imran Khan nominates Arif Alvi for president

  • PM nominates dentist as his party’s presidential candidate
  • Presidential election will be held on September 4

ISLAMABAD: Arif Alvi, one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has been nominated as its presidential candidate, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry announced on Twitter on Saturday.

The 70-year-old Alvi is a dentist by profession. He began his political career as a polling agent but quickly assumed other responsibilities and has successfully fought general elections in the past.
In May 2013, he was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a PTI candidate from Karachi’s NA-250. In last month’s elections, he was re-elected to the country’s lower house of parliament from NA-247.
Alvi is generally viewed as a hardworking legislator, though he has been nominated for a post that is largely ceremonial. He is also counted among Imran Khan’s closest confidants and served as General Secretary of the PTI from 2006 to 2013.
Pakistan’s Election Commission has announced that the next presidential election will be held on September 4, just a few days before incumbent President Mamnoon Hussain’s five-year term comes to an end.

Pakistan to be part of new Saudi foreign manpower program 

Updated 14 November 2019

Pakistan to be part of new Saudi foreign manpower program 

  • New skills-based system to be launched from next month
  • Will include India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Starting next month, Saudi Arabia will introduce a new skilled foreign manpower program that will eventually include Pakistan, a senior official at the Saudi labor ministry said this week. 

Nayef Al-Omair, head of the vocational examination program at the Ministry of Labor, said on Tuesday in Riyadh that the ministry was categorizing the tasks and the structure of some professions for visa-issuing purposes.

Under the new policy, visas would be issued only after skill tests and the previous system would be gradually phased out. 

The new scheme would be optional for one year starting December 2019 after which it would become compulsory, Al-Omair said. The new program would first be applied to manpower recruited from India due to its large size in the Saudi market.

Eventually, the program will cover seven countries, including India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Workers belonging to these states constitute 95 percent of professional manpower in the Kingdom’s local market.

Saudi Arabia is home to around 2.6 million Pakistani expats those have been a vital source of foreign remittances.

Last year the country received $21.8 billion in remittances out of which $5 billion were remitted by Pakistani nationals working in Kingdom.

According to the Pakistani ministry of finance, there was a major decline in manpower export to Saudi Arabia where only 100,910 emigrants proceeded for employment in 2018 as compared to 2017, a drop of 42,453 emigrants.

However, Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari, special assistant to the Pakistani prime minister on overseas Pakistanis, said in an interview earlier this month that Saudi Arabia had agreed to increase the share of the Pakistani labor force in the multi-billion dollar New Taif City development.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have formed working groups to develop procedures for this transfer of manpower. Pakistani groups will visit the Kingdom in the coming months to finalize arrangements.