ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Religious Harmony and Middle East Affairs Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said Pakistan supports the reconciliation process among the Gulf countries and the roles of Kuwaiti Ameer and Khadim-e-Harmain Al-Sharifain Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz in this regard are sufficient mean.
“Amir-e-Kuwait and Saudi Crown Prince Amir Muhammad bin Salman have strengthened Muslims and the Arab world to move towards a reconciliation process to solve various problems,” he said while speaking to media here on Tuesday.
Ashrafi said Pakistan wants the unity and stability of the Islamic world and aims to deal with all the problems facing the Muslim world peacefully through dialogue. He said the Islamic world needed unity and reconciliation to solve the Kashmir and Palestinian problems and to end foreign interference in the internal affairs of the Islamic world. He said the strengthening and effective role of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is necessary at this time. “The reconciliation process has started in the Gulf countries with Ameer-e-Kuwait’s efforts to address the problems at hand and in this regard, the positive response from the leadership of Qatar and Saudi Arabia is very welcoming and encouraging,” he said. Ashrafi said that coordination and consultation should also take place between Prime Minister Imran Khan, Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Ameer-e-Kuwait to resolve crucial issues in the Islamic world. He said an informal forum was being formed between prominent figures of Pakistan and Arab countries to enhance and strengthen ties between Pakistan and Arab Islamic countries.
Editor’s Note: This news column features stories from around the world bringing a positive twist to the fight against the deadly coronavirus.
NITER, Brazil – Dressed in a traditional white coat and surgical mask, “Doctor” Suelen da Silva uses a stethoscope to listen to her patient, a black doll she is healing at her hillside home near Rio de Janeiro.
Da Silva does not have a medical degree, but the 62-year-old Brazilian has intelligence and passion.
After losing her job as a housekeeper in April when the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil started, she turned her hobby into a way to earn money during difficult times.
Da Silva is a little woman with a big personality. He has created a “living” hospital for dolls in the impoverished area of Niteroi overlooking Guanabara Bay.
If frontline healthcare workers are superheroes in the fight against COVID-19, da Silva may be a close friend, helping children endure the crisis by healing their sick toys.
The woman wears glasses with thick frames. She regularly updates her “clients” with pictures of their recovered dolls via WhatsApp and medical charts.
Patients at the hospital rest on tiny white beds that are illuminated with mini colored lights.
“I give them updates day by day. Children act like parents whose babies are hospitalized,” he said.
“One day, a five year old girl cried as she left her doll for me, and said, ‘Make sure she doesn’t suffer too much, don’t give her too many needle pricks!'” She recalls.
Perola is just one of many dolls who come for “grooming”, her legs bent at odd angles. She inserted a thin IV into her wrist with adhesive tape.
Da Silva started repairing broken dolls when his daughter was a child. Her two daughters are now 35 and 22 years old.
“I raised them as a single mother and I never had money to buy them dolls. So I fixed the dolls I found in the trash,” he said, adding that he also donated repaired toys to community groups. “But when I lose my job, it becomes my new job.”
Da Silva’s oldest daughter, Lydiane, helped spread the word about the hospital via Facebook.
“When he told me that there were more than 3,000 views, it scared me a little bit,” he said.
The unexpected job allows da Silva to make ends meet, even though the income can be “very fluid.”
She charges hospital fees ranging from five reais (about $ 1) for mild symptoms, which translates to minor improvements, and up to 70 reais for dolls who are in “critical condition”.
“In a good week, I get about 20 of them” for an average stay of three to four days, he said.
The dolls arrived in various situations such as limbs that were bent, bald, and some were even beheaded. They were repaired, pampered a little, cleaned and sometimes given new clothes made by da Silva himself.
She boasts a secret formula – a mixture of cleaning products – which she uses to remove pen marks that are often believed to be permanent.
In a bucket at her house, several dolls are taking a shower to clean unwanted traces.
But like many hospitals in Brazil that stand on dangerous infrastructure, da Silva’s clinic is under the rule of Mother Earth.
After heavy rain the night before, she had to move her hospital from the flooded porch of her home to a small room near the kitchen in her little red house.
He dreams of one day opening a bigger hospital, which is already being built on the land next door.
For now, all that was left were cornerstones and a pile of red bricks. He hopes it will eventually become a scenic spot with large windows from which to admire the bay and the iconic view of the Christ the Redeemer statue.
“I pray to God that he will help me heal enough dolls so I can finish this construction project,” she said, her eyes sparkling with emotion.
DUBAI, December 20 (Reuters) – Iran suspended flights to Britain for two weeks on Sunday due to a new strain of coronavirus, state news agency IRNA reported.
“Due to the new situation in the spread of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, flights between Tehran and destinations in the UK will be suspended for two weeks,” Shahram Adamnejad, deputy transport minister, quoted IRNA as saying. (Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
(Reuters) – Chairman of the Asian Olympic Council (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Saba said on Tuesday that he was looking for a solution in which Doha and Riyadh would host the Asian Games in the future as the two candidate cities compete for the 2030 edition.
More bitter neighbors Qatar and Saudi Arabia will know the fate of their bid to host the second biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics when the OCA votes to vote between Doha and Riyadh at its general assembly on Wednesday.
However, in a last-minute effort to stave off diplomatic strife, Sheikh Ahmad said he wanted to avoid voting by persuading one city to hold the 2030 Olympics while another stage its next edition in 2034.
Doha hosted the 2006 Olympics but Saudi Arabia never hosted an OCA multi-sport event.
“I believe in OCA that we have always shown solidarity and unity, and for this reason I will try to find a solution,” said the head of the OCA. here at the executive board meeting in Muscat.
“I have visited both cities and they are ready to host the 2030 Asian Games. They have great financial support, good sports infrastructure and great support from all levels of government.
“I’ll talk to the two of them tonight and try to find a win-win situation.”
The OCA said Sheikh Ahmad received “unanimous support” from executive board members in his efforts to find solutions for the two candidate cities.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have maintained diplomatic, trade and travel embargoes on Qatar since mid-2017, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.
Qatar denies the allegations and says the embargo by its fellow Gulf Arabs is aimed at undermining its sovereignty.
Ng Ser Miang, chair of the OCA advisory committee and vice president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said the proposed hosting solution was similar to the IOC’s decision to award the Olympics to Paris in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028.
“In this case, everyone is a winner and no one loses,” he said.
The Chinese city of Hangzhou will host the next Asian Games in 2022 with the 2026 edition taking place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.
Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Edited by Ken Ferris