Muslim World League marks Orphan Day with Iftar in Islamabad

The Muslim World League’s regional office hosted an iftar for orphans in Islamabad on Monday. – (Saudi Embassy – Twitter)
Updated 21 May 2019

Muslim World League marks Orphan Day with Iftar in Islamabad

  • Announces to observe Orphan’s Day on the 15th of Ramadan every year
  • Global Islamic body urges all member states to extend support for the cause

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to raise awareness about the rights and needs of orphans, the Muslim World League’s (MWL) regional office hosted an iftar for a group of children in Islamabad on Monday.
The event also marked Orphans Day, the first such initiative of its kind in Islamabad.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki attended the event where he appreciated the work done by the MWL and its affiliated bodies in contributing toward a better life for the parentless children.




Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki attends an iftar which was organized by the Muslim World League in Islamabad on Monday. – (Saudi Embassy – Twitter)

The Muslim world observes the Orphan’s Day on the 15th day of Ramadan every year as a means to honor the children and to remind all member states to make concerted efforts in extending relief and protection to them.
In a statement released on 19 May this year, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on all member states and humanitarian organizations to raise awareness about the issues faced by the orphans.
“The General Secretariat aims to dedicate this day to encourage member states and humanitarian and cultural organizations to take care of orphans,” the statement read.


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.