ISLAMABAD: Fire broke out in the home of a Pakistani family residing in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) causing death of six Pakistanis, including four members of the same family while one Pakistani named Mohammad Raheem, aged 50, has sustained minor injuries.
The deceased included Muhammad Farouq, Omer Farouq, Khurram Farouq, Khayal Afzal, Eid Nawaz Khan, Ali Haider, a foreign office statement Monday said.
According to initial reports, the fire started in a small room, where several flammable items were stored, including a generator, gas pipes, air conditioners and wood.
Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi has been in constant contact with the survivors and relatives of the deceased, both in the UAE and Pakistan.
Officials also visited the accident site to extend necessary facilitation including for issuance of death certificates and emergency travel documents.
The mission is also in touch with Pakistan International Airlines officials for early repatriation of the human remains to Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia to send imams to lead Taraweeh in 35 countries
ISLAMABAD: Minister of Saudi Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has approved the delegation of 70 imams to lead Taraweeh (after Isha) and Tahajud (late night) prayers in 35 countries of the world during the holy month of Ramazan.
It has been the custom of the ministry to send imams to the other countries of the world during Ramazan to lead prayers and enlighten Muslims about their religion.
Talking to Saudi Gazette minister said this was part of the Kingdom’s message to care for and support Muslims everywhere.
He said the imams would provide guidance to the Muslims, explain the true tenets of Islam to them and further enlighten them about the moderate approach of the faith in all matters.
“The imams have been picked up from the Shariah colleges. They are all well versed in the religion and have memorized the Qur’an,” he said.
“These young imams are good preachers who can clearly explain Islam to Muslims and can recite the holy book from memory,” he added.
Al-Asheikh has said the mosques are usually filled with worshipers during the month of Ramazan so it is a valuable opportunity for the imams to invest their time in providing them with guidance and enlightenment.
“The imams will spread the moderate message of Islam and foster ties between the Kingdom and the host countries,” he said.
Libyan children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’ as conflict escalates: UN
UNITED NATIONS: An increasing number of children are “at imminent risk of injury or death”, two senior UN officials have warned, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya.
General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, has waged a two-week military campaign to take Tripoli, the capital, from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government.
Calling the escalation in fighting “the worst in years”, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement reminding all of Libya’s warring parties that they are obliged “to protect children at all times in full compliance with international law”.
“Killing, injuring and recruiting children, and attacks on education, medical and water facilities are all grave violations of children’s rights and must cease immediately”, they stated, reminding that in line with Security Council resolution 2427, “prevention measures must be put in place to better protect children”.
Together they also urged for “safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all children in need, and for a ceasefire to allow civilians to safely leave areas under conflict”.
Nearly 1,800 children are among the civilians who need urgently to be evacuated from frontline fighting, as the raging violence has already displaced 7,300 others, the two UN officials said. Moreover, around 500,000 children are estimated to be affected by violence across the country’s west.
“Children trapped in conflict areas are at risk of running out of food and losing access to medical care” they explained. “Unable to leave these areas, they cannot safely seek protection or assistance”.
Pointing out that the violence has also left nearly 1,000 refugee and migrant children held in detention centres “in grave danger”, Ms Fore and Ms Gamba stressed that “they should be immediately released and provided with safe shelter until their asylum claims can be processed or they can be provided with safe repatriation assistance for reunification with their families”.
Saudi Arabia to host G20 summit in 2020
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will be hosting the G20 summit next year, state news agency SPA said Wednesday.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host the 15th annual G20 Leaders’ Summit on Nov. 21 and 22, 2020 in the capital city, Riyadh,” it said.
It said next year’s summit will be the first to be hosted by an Arab country.
The summit’s agenda will include financial, economic and social issues including energy, the environment, climate, the digital economy, trade, agriculture, healthcare, education and labor.
The G20 consists of Germany, the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, the U.K., Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the European Union.