Muslim World league provides timely relief to Pakistan flood victims

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Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan visited the Neelum Valley in Pakistan-administered Kashmir to review the situation, after heavy rains and floods devastated the area on July 20. (Photo Courtesy: Saudi Embassy)
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Pakistan’s military officers and local authorities brief Saudi ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki on the damage caused by heavy rains and floods on July 20. (Photo Courtesy: Saudi Embassy)
Updated 08 August 2019

Muslim World league provides timely relief to Pakistan flood victims

  • Aid from Muslim World League is an extension of humanitarian role played by Kingdom, Saudi envoy says
  • Move follows Al-Malki’s visit to Neelum Valley in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in July this year

ISLAMABAD: As part of efforts to facilitate flood victims in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, The World Relief, Care and Development group – an extension of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) – launched an emergency program this week, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.
During the launch ceremony of the program held on Monday, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki said, “This program is an extension of the humanitarian role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in assisting needy countries and people, including Pakistan,” according to SPA.
On July 20, Al-Malki visited Pakistan’s Neelum valley after devastating floods killed more than 30 people in the northernmost region of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
He was accompanied by a team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) that reviewed the urgent requirements on-ground for the area.
At least 109 people were killed and 86 others injured in separate rain-related accidents across Pakistan in July this year, the country’s National Disaster Management Authority said in its advisory released on August 2.

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.