KUWAIT: Undersecretary of Social Affairs and Labor Abdulmohsen Al-Mutairi has issued an administrative decision directing the labor departments in all six governorates not to list the profession of attorneys or legal consultants on the work permits of non-Kuwaitis.
The decision stipulates that attorneys attending court sessions and registered as lawyers must be holders of Kuwaiti citizenship with license to practice law from Kuwait University or any other accredited university. Al-Mutairi asked the labor departments to register all non- Kuwaiti barristers as legal researchers or legal specialists on the item of profession.
On the other hand, the Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Sector Jamal Al-Dosari sought help from two policemen to organize a large number of visitors and employers that gathered in front of his office Sunday morning to finalize transactions.
The policemen organized the visitors as it should be, but some of them expressed anger over the step to seek assistance from the police to manage the ministry’s work, as it violates open-door policy the officials advocate
By: Al-Sayed Al-Qassas Al-Seyassah staff (Arab Times)
KUWAIT: Pakistan has "close and cordial relations" with Kuwait, said its Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain, who highlighted that the government of Prime Minister Muhammed Sharif is particularly keen on these relations.
"The two countries have these relations which are rooted in religion and history and they are very close to each other," he said in an interview with KUNA.
"When Iraq invaded Kuwait, the government of Pakistan extended full support to Kuwait at international forums and practically on ground. Pakistani troops came here (Kuwait) for mine cleaning and nine of them embraced martyrdom," he added.
The ambassador was speaking on the occassion of the upcoming official visit to Pakistan of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah in between November 10 to 12 in response to a recent invitation extended by his Pakistani counterpart Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The high-level visit comes seven years after another made by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Jaber Al-Sabah in 2006.
On the opposite side, the ambassador said that both Pakistan's president and prime minister made several visits to Kuwait in recent years. These include visits of the then President Asif Ali Zardari in February, 2011 to participate in special celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of Kuwaiti independence, the 20th anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi occupation and the five-year anniversary of HH the Amir's ascendancy, followed by a bilateral visit in May, 2011.
Also, former prime ministers Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani and Raja Pervez Ashraf visited Kuwait in 2011 and 2012 respectively. The latter came to participate in the First Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit.
"The visit by His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait to Pakistan will provide an opportunity to the leadership of both countries to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations - political, economic, cultural and so on... The two sides will also discuss issues of mutual interest in the regional and global contexts.
On the program of the visit, he said HH the prime minister is expected to hold talks with Sharif, followed by a lunch banquet hosted by the Pakistani prime minister for the visiting dignitaries.
"We hope that agreements will be signed in the fields of economics, legal, and others. In fact there are some advanced teams from the Kuwaiti side in Pakistan who are negotiating and trying to finalize many agreements and these agreements would be signed once His Highness Sheikh Jaber is there in Pakistan.
On economic cooperation, he said "we need to enhance investment and increase bilateral trade. As of now, Pakistan is one of the biggest buyers of Kuwaiti diesel. Every year, we import USD 3.5 billion of diesel. Also, there are more than 120,000 Pakistanis living in Kuwait and contributing towards the development of this brotherly society," he said.
"The Pakistan-Kuwait Investment Company was established in 1979 as a joint venture between the two governments and since then it has been engaged in investment and developing banking activities in Pakistan.
"It is working in Pakistan investing in a number of projects like Kuwaiti Takaful in Pakistan and so many other projects." Also, the Kuwait Fund has been providing economic assistance in the form of soft loans to Pakistan since 1976, he added.
But reciprocally, Pakistan exports to Kuwait are not that extent, and he said "we (Pakistan) will try to bridge this gap.
"We'll try to cover the huge imbalance in trade and businessman both countries have to meet off and on. They need to have to coordinate to enhance business and investments between the two countries.
"So the economic cooperation is there but we need to raise the level of this cooperation and enhance the volume and for that both countries will have to cooperate with each other.
On the political field, he said the two sides have identical views on a number of issues amid international forums like the UN and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
"Normally the two sides cooperate and support each other. They support each other's candidacies being brotherly and very close. They do not face any sort of problem and any dispute in the political field. (KUNA)
KUWAIT: Grand Finale of the inter School Competition was organized by Embassy of Pakistan on Allama Muhammad Iqbal day (9th November 2013) at Jabriya Medical Auditorium, Kuwait.
Ms. Shaheen Rizvi and Fakhr e Alam Siddiqui have played judicial role with their integrity, Hundreds of audience have participated in this competitions.
The event contained declamation, bait bazi and quiz contests where the competing Pakistani school children enthralled the audience with their brilliant performances.
WASHINGTON: The US Senate Intelligence Committee has quietly approved a plan to step up both public and internal government oversight of the use of armed drones to kill suspected militants overseas, including American citizens.
The committee voted in closed session earlier this week to approve legislative language that would require US spy agencies to make public statistics on how many people were killed or injured in missile strikes launched from US-operated drones.
The committee also approved language intended to bolster scrutiny of spy agency deliberations over decisions about targeting US citizens or residents for lethal drone strikes overseas.
The Obama administration has been under pressure from foreign governments, the United Nations and rights groups to be more transparent and rigorous in accounting for the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes.
Though the committee did not release full details of its deliberations on the measures, sources familiar with the discussions said that some committee Republicans were opposed to the drone-related clauses in the bill, which would authorise intelligence activities for the current government fiscal year which began on Oct 1.
Ultimately, according to a press release issued by Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat who chairs the intelligence panel, the committee approved the bill by a vote of 13-2. The two senators who voted against it were Republicans.
North Waziristan is the area of the most intensive US drone campaign in the world. The United States has also attacked militants in Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia with drones.
Last month, Pakistan told the United Nations that 400 civilians were among the approximately 2,200 killed by drone strikes in the past decade.
The bill approved by the committee now must go before the full Senate. The House of Representatives would also have to approve the bill, and the president would sign it for it to become law.—Reuters
KUWAIT: The 136th birthday of national poet, Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal had been observed by paying rich tribute to the ‘Thinker of Pakistan’. The occasion hosted by KPFA (Pakistan Kuwait Friendship Association) in Continental Hotel Bend al Gar Kuwait.
Member of KPFA, local poets and well-known personalities in kuwait were invited by the Management, The Ambassador of Pakistan H.E Syed Abrar hussain has attended the occasion as a Chief guest.
Who is Allama Iqbal?
Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal was born on November 9th, 1877 and died on April 21, 1938, he was a philosopher, poet and politician in British India who is widely regarded as having inspired the Pakistan Movement. He is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature, with literary work in both the Urdu and Persian languages.
Iqbal is admired as a prominent classical poet by Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, and other international scholars of literature. Though Iqbal is best known as an eminent poet, he is also a highly acclaimed "Muslim philosophical thinker of modern times". His first poetry book, Asrar-e-Khudi, appeared in the Persian language in 1915 and other books of poetry include Rumuz-i-Bekhudi, Payam-i-Mashriq and Zabur-i-Ajam. Amongst these his best known Urdu works are Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim and a part of Armughan-e-Hijaz. In Iran and Afghanistan, he is famous as Iqbāl-e Lāhorī (اقبال لاهوری) (Iqbal of Lahore), and he is most appreciated for his Persian work. Along with his Urdu and Persian poetry, his various Urdu and English lectures and letters have been very influential in cultural, social, religious and political disputes over the years.
In 1922, he was knighted by King George V, giving him the title "Sir".
While studying law and philosophy in England, Iqbal became a member of the London branch of the All India Muslim League. Later, in one of his most famous speeches, Iqbal pushed for the creation of a Muslim state in Northwest India. This took place in his presidential speech in the League's December 1930 session. He was very close to the founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
In much of Southern Asia and Urdu speaking world, Iqbal is regarded as the Shair-e-Mashriq (شاعر مشرق, "Poet of the East"). He is also called Muffakir-e-Pakistan (مفکر پاکستان, "The Thinker of Pakistan") and Hakeem-ul-Ummat (حکیم الامت, "The Sage of the Ummah"). The Pakistan government officially named him a "national poet". His birthday Yōm-e Welādat-e Muḥammad Iqbāl (یوم ولادت محمد اقبال) or (Iqbal Day) is a public holiday in Pakistan. In India he is also remembered as the author of the popular song Saare Jahaan Se Achcha.
Reported by: Atif Siddiqui
Photography: Atif Siddiqu / Shahzad Khan
Event Capturing: Shazad Khan
KUWAIT: A number of Ethiopian laborers gathered in front of the Labor Department affiliated to Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor for the second time in less than one week to ask for humanitarian and official intervention to end inhumane treatment and blackmail by the cleaning company that employs them. The laborers said the company has threatened to deport them if they continue to complain, despite the company is holding back their salaries.
They also said the company makes unnecessary deductions from their salaries monthly upon illogical reasons, while they are forced to live inside accommodations that lack humanitarian supplies, similar to shelters without humane and sanitary facilities. In light of bitter situation wherein over 1,800 Ethiopian laborers have fallen victims to cleaning company that benefits from government contracts, although it has not been listed in the bourse, an official from the Ethiopian embassy attended the gathering and said, “We receive only promises whenever we come here. We need decisive solution to the problem since over 1,800 laborers are suffering.”
Meanwhile, the issue corroborates doubts which the State Audit Bureau expressed in its report over what it described as clear manipulations related to irregularities detected in the assessment of some companies and their manpower needs. The laborers further indicated the company has refused to renew their residences on the pretext that it must finish the contract with government first, although the same company has signed a new contract with the government for three years.
To make matters worse, the company also refuses to allow them to transfer their residences to other sponsors. In a related development, government team affiliated to Construction Projects recommends that the companies must be allowed to bring in expatriate laborers without any restrictions provided that the companies will take the responsibility to repatriate them when the tasks are completed, besides providing for the laborers basic expenditure and health care.
KUWAIT: The General Immigration Department will ban foreigners, who violate the period and conditions for visit visa, from entering the country for two years; while their sponsors will lose the sponsorship right for three months up to one year, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources. Sources explained that foreigners on visit visas will be blacklisted for two years if proven they have violated the period and conditions for obtaining such visas.
Sources said this means they will not be able to acquire any type of visa within the specified period. On the other hand, sources disclosed the sponsors of those who violated the period and conditions for obtaining visit visas will not be allowed to sponsor anyone for three months if the violation is committed for the first time; six months for the second time and up to one year if the violation is repeated. Sources also clarified that expatriates who hold visas under articles 17 and 18 are allowed to sponsor their relatives to visit Kuwait provided their salary is KD 250 and above; while those under articles 19 and 24 are exempted from the salary condition.
Sources added the abovementioned expatriates can sponsor only their first-degree relatives like husbands, wives, children, parents, siblings and parents-in-law. Sources said the tourist visa is valid for 90 days and the commercial visit visa is valid for 60 days; indicating there is no ban imposed on any nationality.