KUWAIT: Coordination is in place between thirteen different state departments in order to outline the routes for the railroad and metro subway projects; two mega projects included in Kuwait’s development plan and aim to improve the country’s public transportation services. This confirmation was given by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Sheikh Salem Al-Abdul-Aziz Al-Sabah in response to inquisitions made on that regard by MP Adel Al- Khurafi. “These departments include the Ministry of Public Works, the Kuwait Oil Company, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Electricity and Water, the Kuwait Municipality, the Public Authority of Housing Welfare, the Customs General Department, and the Ministry of Planning and Development”, Minister Al-Sabah was quoted by Al-Jarida daily yesterday. The Finance Minister also indicated that a joint team between the Kuwait Municipality and Municipal Council is working on addressing any obstacles that could stand before the two projects.
He added on that regard that while his ministry did not receive any reservations regarding the metro project’s route, coordination was launched to address routes for the railway projects which go through allocated areas including farms in Al-Wafra. The two projects are being carried out by the Ministry of Communications with 2020 set as the tentative date for the start of operating. MP Al-Khurafi also asked about the latest updates regarding the Khairan Power Plant project, to which the minister responded by indicating that an alliance led by BNP Paribas was awarded a tender to serve as consultant for the mega project
KUWAIT: Kuwait is enlisting female police officers as detectives for the first time in 60 years since the Gulf state’s police force was established, a local daily reported yesterday quoting an Interior Ministry decision that took effect this month. The Interior Ministry hired the policewomen as detectives in order to improve the quality of performance and to inject new ideas in uncovering crimes. Announcing that five policewomen have been assigned to work at the Criminal Investigations Department, a local newspaper noted that the female detectives will work ‘undercover’ secret missions to hunt down suspects and fugitives. The decision is considered a significant step for Kuwait’s conservative society.
Sources further indicated that the Interior Ministry has also assigned two policewomen to the General Department of State Security; Four at the Airport Investigations Department, and two to the Sentences Implementation Investigations Department. “If you are ever approached by a woman who identifies herself as a detective and asks for your ID, do not take it as a joke. Cooperate with her or else you might find your self in trouble,” the sources advised. — Agencies
KUWAIT: A large number of Pakistani community visited yesterday to see PNS-Tariq at Shuwikh port. This is 3rd time the PNS Tariq is visiting to Kuwait.
A goodwill visit to Kuwait with Captain Abdul Rahman and providing a good opportunity to Pakistan Navy officials to interact with their Kuwaiti counterparts.
The event specially organized by the embassy for Pakistani community and families.
According to Mr. Aziz Solehiria around 500 visitors were registered their names to visit PNS Tariq. It was a happiest moment when Navy officials opened the gate of the place where the helicopter parked.
Pakistani families’ children were excited to see the helicopter near them, they felt proud, Navy officials have provided the full information to their loving visitors.
Most of the families told us that such visits help in further cementing the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kuwait.
The event was captured by Local news papers, PIK and VOPIK.
Atif Siddiqui CE of PIK (www.pakistanisinkuwait.com) & Tariq iqbal and Shazad Khan of VOPIK (Voice of Overseas Pakistanis in Kuwait TV channel)’s team have captured the full event officially, assigned by the Embassy of Pakistan.
News briefing, Reception on board and community open day’s videos will be uploaded on www.vopik.tv very soon.
Reported: Tariq Iqbal
Edited by: Atif Siddiqui
Photography: Shahzad Khan
KUWAIT: PNS Tariq Reception on board was organized by Pakistan Embassy on 30th Sep at 1930 hrs, Captain Abdul Rahman welcomed their guest and briefed about the Ship, Anthem of both countries Kuwait and Pakistan were played.
Diplomats, Kuwaiti Media, Head of Multiple Organizations and well known personalities have participated on the special invitation from embassy with tight security. The occasion was covered by KTV2, VOPIK and photography taken by PIK and other Local News papers.
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PNS Tariq was named after a gallant Muslim conqueror TARIQ BIN ZIYAD. His conquest of Gibraltar led to the extension of the Muslim rule in Europe. The officers and men take great pride in serving onboard the ship that has been named after one of the greatest leader in Islamic history.
Pakistan Navy Ship TARIQ (D-181), the EX-HMS AMBUSCADE is a general purpose Frigate. She was the first of the Type-21 frigates to be built by Yarrows Ltd. Of Glasgow and launched on 17 January 1973. It was commissioned as HMS AMBUSCADE into the Royal Navy on 5 September 1975 and was the seventh ship in the Royal Navy to hold this name.
This ship has undergone a major modification in regard to her weapons and seniors. During the modernization, the state of the art equipments/weapons/sensors like ESM Set DR-3000 SIX, ECM/ESM NJ5A, Air/Surface surveillance long range radar DA-08, Surface to Air Missile LY-60 (N), Vulcan Phalanx (CIWS), wire guided Active / Passive Homing Torpedo System 43X2 and a modern Command and Control System C3 have been installed.
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KUWAIT: The Cabinet reiterated the need to address the increase in crime rate in Kuwait including murders – the latest of which happened at the Marina Mall last Thursday. The latest crime was a main topic of discussion during the Cabinet’s weekly meeting Monday during which Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah gave a briefing regarding the incident, as well as the mechanism of coordination to be established with malls managements in order to provide security personnel and surveillance cameras at each shopping center.
Those updates were published by Al-Qabas yesterday quoting a government source familiar with the Cabinet’s meeting. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry released a statement yesterday announcing that managements of local malls and shopping centers have already been contacted and informed about procedures they are required to adopt in order to improve safety and security conditions there.
The statement explains that the conditions include installing CCTV cameras inside and outside a shopping mall, as well as installing metal detectors at entrances and providing an adequate number of alarm and communication systems. As per the new conditions, malls would also be required to put signs at entrances that list all kinds of banned weapons and items as well as penalties for smuggling those items inside the mall.
In another development, a Kuwaiti lawmaker has urged the government to remove statues sold in local markets, especially those representing idols worshiped during the pre-Islamic era in the Arabian Peninsula and civilizations surrounding it during that period.
“An increase in the number of models and statues representing idols worshipped during the Jahiliyya (Age of Ignorance; a general term referring to pre-Islamic Arabia) is found in malls and shops around Kuwait where they are sold as accessories while sellers are unaware of what they truly represent”, MP Abdurrahman Al-Jeeran said in a statement published by Al-Rai daily yesterday.
The Islamist lawmaker announced that he has already submitted a proposal to ban selling statues idolized by Pagans throughout human history, mentioning the human-headed winged bull of Mesopotamian mythology, the eagle-headed deity of the Assyrian civilization and multiple-armed deities worshipped by some civilizations.
Al-Jeeran argued that selling the statues “violates Sharia law and the Constitution’, and added that a ban is necessary to “protect younger generations”. “The statues could sometimes be sold without knowing what they represent. Entire nations in the past were destroyed because these idols were worshipped,” he added.
Meanwhile, Al-Jeeran insisted that his stand on the issue should not be misinterpreted as “urging people to convert to one religion” though he reiterated simultaneously that “while human beings have freedom of belief from a technical standpoint, the Sharia states that Allah has chosen Islam as the religion that humanity should follow”, he said.
Al-Jeeran explained in his proposal that it was “in line with Article 2 of the Kuwait Constitution” which identifies Sharia law as the main source of legislation, and quoted verses from the Holy Quran and Hadith which bans trading alcohol, pork, and idols. In order to come into effect, the proposal needs to be approved by the relevant parliamentary committee first before it will be up for voting during a parliament session. The government has the authority to reject a bill passed by a parliamentary majority after which a draft law is up for a second vote but in that case, it would require a two-third majority to pass. – Agencies
KUWAIT: Pakistani Naval Ship known as “PNS TARIQ” is on visit of Kuwait for goodwill & bilateral relations (from Sep 29 to Oct 03, 2013).
On September 30th afternoon a news press briefing arranged by Press attaché of Embassy of Pakistan Mr. Kashif Zaman, as usual Pakistani Media team and Kuwait Media team participated to cover this briefing on board.
Media teams also visited inside the PNS Tariq with Captain Abdul Rahman, During their visit to Kuwait Mr. Abdul Rahman will meet with Kuwaiti Navy officials.
Report: Tariq Iqbal
Edited by: Atif Siddiqui
Photography: Shazad Khan
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KUWAIT: The Church of Pakistan in Kuwait on Friday evening organized a condolence reference for the victims of the blast in All Saints Church Peshawar. The twin blasts which killed 78 and injured over a hundred people in the Pakistani city of Peshawar last Sunday, left the small Pakistani Christian community reeling in shock.
The Ambassador of Pakistan, Syed Abrar Hussain and other officers of the embassy attended the event and assured the Christian Pakistanis in Kuwait that the whole nation shared their grief in this time of bereavement. The ambassador stated that the blast was an attempt by terrorists to create divide amongst the Pakistani people, and all Pakistanis-both Muslim and Christian were equally horrified and saddened by the event. The Pakistani government announced a 3 day national mourning period from September 23rd to 25th during which the Pakistani flag remained on half mast.
The Ambassador commended the Christian community for their patience and understanding and said it reflected their patriotism. He also clarified that Islam in no way supports the killing of innocent people. Over 40,000 innocent Pakistanis have been killed in terrorist attacks in the past few years which include people from multiple religions and all walks of life. Later the same
evening, the Ambassador also attended a meeting held by the Pakistani community in Kuwait to offer their condolences to the Christian community. Pastors Justin D. Ram and John James,
Professor Mumtaz Shah and various other Christians also participated in the event.