Pakistani envoy in Riyadh briefs Saudi journalists on Kashmir

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Pakistan’s ambassador in Riyadh, Raja Ali Ejaz briefs prominent Saudi editors and journalists regarding deteriorating human rights situation in Indian administer Kashmir on October 02, 2019 – (Photo Courtesy - Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh)
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Pakistan’s ambassador in Riyadh, Raja Ali Ejaz briefs prominent Saudi editors and journalists regarding deteriorating human rights situation in Indian administer Kashmir on October 02, 2019 – (Photo Courtesy - Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh)
Updated 03 October 2019

Pakistani envoy in Riyadh briefs Saudi journalists on Kashmir

  • Says Indian security clampdown is "literal imprisonment of eight million Kashmiris" in their homes
  • Thanks the Saudi leadership for their support

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s ambassador to Riyadh, Raja Ali Ejaz on Wednesday briefed prominent Saudi editors and journalists regarding the deteriorating human rights situation in Indian administered Kashmir, the Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh said in a statement.
“Ambassador (Ejaz) talked about the genesis of Kashmir dispute and highlighted United Nations Security Council resolutions that promised right of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the embassy said. 
Tensions soared high between India and Pakistan since New Delhi revoked the special constitutional status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir under its administrative control by abolishing Article 370 of the Indian constitution on August 5.
Islamabad reacted with fury to India’s decision, cutting trade and transport ties and expelling India’s ambassador.
The Pakistani envoy emphasized that Indian decision to repeal Article 370 is primarily meant to change the demography of Kashmir. “However, the worst part is the restrictions in movement and communication; it is literal imprisonment of eight million Kashmiris in their homes,” he added.
He reiterated Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support for Kashmiri people and highlighted that former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru also made a commitment to decide the fate of the state as per the will of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “But Kashmiris were betrayed. Nonetheless, the Kashmiris persisted with their valiant and just struggle for their rights till today,” Ejaz told.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s unequivocal support for the people of Kashmir in the United Nations General Assembly represents the sentiments of Pakistani people.
PM Khan visited the Kingdom on September 19 and briefed the Saudi leadership about the situation in Kashmir, ahead of his trip to New York to attend the 74th session of the UNGA.
After the meeting with the Saudi media personnel, the ambassador thanked the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, HM King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman “for their support for the oppressed people of Kashmir,” the statement added. 
He also thanked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and member countries “for their continued support against human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read. 


Karachi braces for weekend rains as billions lost to drenches this week

Updated 26 August 2020

Karachi braces for weekend rains as billions lost to drenches this week

  • Losses from Tuesday's flooding estimated at Rs5 billion ($30 million), Karachi traders say
  • Met agency says floodwater in Karachi must be drained immediately to prevent further flooding on Saturday

KARACHI: Another spell of heavy rain is expected to lash the port city of Karachi on Saturday, Pakistan's meteorological department warned, as it called on the city's authorities to drain water from flooded neighborhoods to avoid further damage and casualties.

Rain-related incidents in the past few days killed dozens of people in the coastal metropolis of Sindh province, while streets, homes and factories were flooded with sewage water, causing losses of billions of rupees in the city where the drainage and sewage systems are outdated.

"There will be a gap of two days (in rains). If it is not utilized to drain out the water from the affected areas, a light to moderate spell on Saturday will drown them again," Sardar Sarfraz, chief metrological officer of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, told Arab News.

On Tuesday, he said, a record 345 millimeters of rainfall flooded most of the city.

As flooding brought operations at the city's industrial zones to a standstill, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan said the government should declare the rains a national disaster to allow people to be compensated.

Shaikh Umar Rehan, president of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) told Arab News that work has been heavily disrupted at the city's factories which normally operate non-stop.

“The factories work round the clock, but on Tuesday, even one shift couldn’t be completed,” he said.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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According to Atiq Mir, president of the Karachi Traders Association, losses from damages to the markets in the old city area alone are estimated to be Rs1 billion.

"As trade volume is Rs4 billion per day, both direct and indirect losses make it Rs5 billion ($30 million). On Wednesday, as the markets could not open completely, the (trade) community will have to bear another Rs2.5 billion losses."

The Sindh government and the military say teams are on the ground to drain the water and rescue the affected.

“It has broken an 89-year record and it was continuously raining for eight hours but as soon as the rain stopped teams were on ground to clear the areas. Most of the city’s thoroughfares were cleared by the Tuesday evening. The entire Sindh government was in the field to supervise the relief work,” Sindh Labor Minister Saeed Ghani told Arab News.

He added that the problem will not be resolved within days.

The military's media wing said in a statement that relief and rescue efforts were underway in the heavily flooded Malir Nadi, Kohi Goth and Dur Muhammad Goth areas of the city.