Fawad Khan to lend his voice for PSL

In Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) first season, actor Fawad Khan had lent his support for Islamabad United. For this year’s edition, which will be PSL’s fourth, Khan will no longer essay the role of the team’s ambassador and will instead perform on stage by singing the PSL anthem. (Photo courtesy: @fawadkhan81/Instagram)
Updated 20 December 2018

Fawad Khan to lend his voice for PSL

  • To collaborate with rapper Young Desi to create anthem for the event
  • Series is in its fourth year since being conceptualized in 2014

ISLAMABAD: Actor and singer Fawad Khan is all set to croon for the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) upcoming season by lending his voice for the event’s anthem.
The song, which Khan will collaborate with rapper Young Desi for, will represent the series’ fourth chapter.
Khan takes over the mantle from another singer and actor, Ali Zafar, who performed for the past three editions of PSL, wherein he sang ‘Ab Khel Kay Dikha,’ ‘Ab Khel Jamay Ga,’ and last year’s ‘Dil Se Jaan Laga De.’
Though the reports have yet to be made public, Khan’s manager confirmed to several mediahouses that the former rocker turned heartthrob for millions will be performing at the event.
Khan was the lead singer for Entity Paradigm — a band also known as EP — before landing his first TV role as Bond in ‘Jutt and Bond’.
He went on to essay several critically-acclaimed roles including that of Ashar in ‘Humsafar’ and as Zaroon in ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ — both of which were huge successes in Pakistan and across the border in India, and are some of the few Pakistani shows to feature on Netflix.
His performances won the hearts of millions across the border, eventually landing him a role in ‘Khoobsurat’, ‘Kapoor and Sons’ and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’.
And while acting may be his first love, Khan continued to sing, especially in his role as a judge on Pepsi’s Battle of the Bands, performing in the show's finales, too.
Khan’s journey with the PSL will also be undergoing a few changes — he will no longer be acting as an ambassador for Islamabad United, an office which he held since the PSL’s inauguration four years ago.
Along with headlining Pakistan’s biggest sporting event of 2019, next year might very well be Khan’s too what with the release of his highly-anticipated film ‘The Legend of Maula Jatt’ where he plays the titular role. The film is set to release on Eid ul Fitr.


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.