Diplomatic Affairs December 2013
Anniversary of the assertion of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad bin Thani, the Founder of the State of Qatar, to the rule of the country
Diplomatic Affairs Chief Editor
Editor’s Note he National Day celebrations are in full swing as the Embassy of the State of Qatar once again celebrating its country’s National Day in Islamabad. His Excellency Sayar Abdul Rahman AlMawdah, the ambassador of the State of Qatar deserves many congratulations and appreciation for arranging such a grand reception to revive how the State of Qatar has got sovereign status in 1971? I, as Chief Editor of Diplomatic Affairs, a specialized magazine focused towards bringing diplomatic community together, would like to express my sincere gratitude to H.E. Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah, the ambassador of the State of Qatar and the people for seeing 42 consecutive years after getting independence and becoming a sovereign state in 1971. On this day, I also extend my heartiest felicitations to the Supreme Command of the State of Qatar. May Almighty Allah grace hundreds of thousands of similar events to the people of UAE in future, Ameen. We feel honor and privileged that we are covering this event by publishing a special edition in regard and honor of His Excellency Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah, the ambassador of the State of Qatar. This edition will include detailed country profile and Introduction of the State of Qatar, its political system, government, economy, human rights in Qatar, tourism and much more. We are also presenting detailed Curriculum and profiles of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former ruler of the State of Qatar along with his son H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Khalifa Al Thani, a very young ruler of 33, is currently ruling the country. In this edition, the readers would also enjoy some success stories of the State of Qatar by reading how the State of Qatar has become world’s most rich oil exporter country?
A brief write up on His Highness Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Thani J. AlThani, a member of Royal family of the State of Qatar and Chairman PakQatar Takaful is also presented along with his kind contributions and humanitarian support towards the needy, helpless and deserved people of Pakistan who face hurdles in the recent calamities that took place recently in the form of devastating floods and Earthquake in many parts of Pakistan. We suggest our readers must read this story. You will surely wonder how much soft corner for Pakistanis he has. We also pay tribute to the State of Qatar for hosting FIFA 2022 World Cup, a grand event in the history of the State of Qatar where football sports is gaining popularity very fast. Qatar has won bid recently and become first Arab World’s country to host such a grand event that will attract a sum of one million visitors. We presented a thorough report on FIFA World Cup 2022 in this edition. Pakistan and Qatar have enjoyed cordial bilateral relations for the last four decades which is boosting simultaneously. Both the countries and diplomatic relations as there is exchanges of delegates and foreign missions on both sides. Various accords have also been signed side by side for enhancing cooperation between the two states in all political, economic, social and cultural spheres. Qatar has always support Pakistan. Similarly Pakistan has always taken stance in favor of the State of Qatar. We hope and pray for strengthening ties in the coming future more and more! Once again many congratulations to the People of Qatar on their National Day celebrations. Have fun with enjoying National Day celebrations. Pak-Qatar long-lasting relations: Paindabad!
Thanks…… Abubakar Siddique Chief Editor
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Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani Emir of the State of Qatar
The youngest ruler in the region H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Khalifa Al Thani
heikh Tamim bin Khalifa Al Thani was named emir of Qatar after his 61-year-old father, Sheikh Hamad, announced his abdication as leader of the gas-rich Gulf state in June 2013. Sheikh Hamad's abdication broke the mould of Gulf politics, where rulers traditionally remain on the throne until they die. Sheikh Tamim, 33, presents a younger face as ruler, at odds with the older generations in neighboring states. Sheikh Tamim was born in Doha in 1980, the fourth son of Sheikh Hamad. He became the Gulf state's heir apparent in 2003 after his older brother Jasim renounced his claim to the throne. The young Tamim was sent to Britain for his education at Sherborne School in Dorset. Sherborne's only overseas branch now operates in Doha. After achieving his A-Levels, he followed his father's example by attending the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. He graduated in 1998 before being inducted into the Qatari armed forces as a Second Lieutenant. He was appointed deputy commander-in-chief of Qatar's armed forces in 2009. It is as a sports administrator that the young sheikh has excelled. In 2006, readers of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram voted him "the best sport personality in the Arab world". That year he chaired the organizing committee of the 15th Asian Games in Doha, attended by all member countries for the first time. A member of the International Olympic Committee, Sheikh Tamim also heads Doha's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games. As well as the FIFA World Cup, Qatar will also host the 2014 Fina (International Swimming Federation) Swimming World Championships. In addition, Qatar Sport Investments, established by Sheikh Tamim in 2005, owns big-spending French football club Paris Saint-Germain. Which sports most interest the new emir is unclear, but he has been filmed playing badminton, and seen 10-pin bowling with former Egyptian military chief Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. Other posts held by Sheikh Tamim include chairman of the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves, chairman of the Supreme Education Council, and chairman of the board of directors of the Qatar Investment Authority. In 2005, Sheikh Tamim married his second cousin Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani. They have four children. A second marriage in 2009 to Sheikha Anoud bint Mana al-Hajri brought two further children - in total, three sons and three daughters.
Historical Overview of Qatar
uman habitation of the Qatar Peninsula dates far back to nearly four thousand years BC, according to archaeological evidences, excavations, inscriptions and scarce potteries found in various areas of the country. In the 5th century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus referred that the first dwellers of Qatar were the Canaanite tribes, who were known for their navigation and naval commerce. Furthermore, the Greek geographer Ptolemy’s so-called Map of Arabia included as well what Ptolemy himself then called “Qatra”, which is thought to be a reference to the Zubara city, being previously one of the most important commercial ports in the Gulf area. Qatar played a vital role as narrated by the Arab-Muslim historical sources. The Qatari dwellers involved themselves in preparing the first naval fleet to transport armies during the Muslim conquests. Under the Abbasid rule during the eighth Hijri century (14th AD), Qatar witnessed a period of economic prosperity as made evident by the written records found in the Maroub Fort on the western coast that represents the Abbasid architectural character. Upon their military alliance with the Turks during the tenth Hijri century (16th AD), the Qataris could drive the Portuguese away, and that was the beginning of the rule of the Ottoman Empire over the whole Arabian Peninsula including Qatar for about four successive centuries. The Turkish rule in the region, however, declined with the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 and a treaty was entered with Britain in 1916 providing for the protection of the Qatari lands and people. The British authority was restricted mostly to its supervision on some administrative affairs. Qatar was ruled by the Al-Thani Dynasty, after its leader Thani bin Mohammad — father of Sheikh Mohammad bin Thani, who was the first sheikh later on to have an actual power over the Qatari Peninsula during the mid-nineteenth century. Being a descendent of the Bani Tameem Tribe with their ancestral lineage dating back to Mudhar bin Nizar, the Al-Thanis settled on the Jibrin Oasis in the south of Nejd prior to their movement to the north of the Qatari Peninsula. Then, they moved to Doha in the mid nineteenth century under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammad bin Thani. The succession of the rulers of Qatar: • Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad
Al-Thani (1878-1913). • Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani (1913-1949). The first oil discovery in the country was made during his rule. • Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al-Thani (1949-1960). • Sheikh Ahmad bin Ali Al-Thani (1960-1972). • Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani (1972-1995). • Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani the Father Emir (19952013). • Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani came to power on 25.6.2013.
H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khaklifa Al-Thani, the Father Emir • Born in Doha in 1952. • Had his primary, preparatory and secondary education in Qatar and graduated from the Royal Saint Hearst Military Academy in the United Kingdom in July 1971. • Joined the Qatari Armed Forces in 1971 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was appointed Commander of the First Mobile Regiment, known as Hamad Mobile Regiment. • Played a major role in developing the Qatari Armed Forces, modernizing existing units, increasing the number of troops and military units and providing them with the most advanced weapons and training. • Became Heir Apparent and Minister of Defense on the 31st of May 1977. • Became Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning which is considered the main building block in the establishment of modern states. • Became Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth Welfare since its inception in 1979 and held that position until 1991. He gave considerable support to the youth and sports sector from this position and through clubs and various sports establishments. • Being the patron of civilian and military sports in Qatar, he established the first Military Sporting Association, which had become a member of the International Military Sports Federation; out of his belief in the importance of the role played by this vital sector in the process of building and developing the society. • Came to power on 27.6.1995. • Sponsored several conferences in various fields, attended many Arab and Gulf gatherings, and
visited many countries. • Was awarded many decorations by a number of Arab and foreign countries in appreciation of his efforts in boosting bilateral relations and promoting cooperation with these countries. • Abdicated power in favor of his Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani on 25.6.2013.
Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani Founder of the Modern State of Qatar (1826-1913)
Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani, Emir and founder of the modern State of Qatar, descended from the Tameem Tribe. Born in 1242 Hijra corresponding to 1826 AD, he acquired full capability in the management of the country’s affairs since his youth, succeeded in guiding its policies with wisdom and steered the country during a period that witnessed major events and changes. At the local level, he sought to turn Qatar into a single unified and independent entity. Under his leadership, Qatar emerged as a coherent and stable country whose tribes he assembled to usher its future and thus consolidating its existence and borders. Regionally, Sheikh Jassim adopted a shrewd policy in dealing with the two major powers competing to dominate the Arabian Gulf and its territories, namely the British Empire, which had to extend its influence through the Government of India, and the Ottoman Empire, which was seeking to retain its control of the region following the demise of the Portuguese influence in the sixteenth century. Sheikh Jassim was appointed as a deputy governor of Qatar in 1876 and was granted as well by Sultan Abdul-Hamid a significant civil rank in 1888 and a higher one in 1893. This actually caused a kind of political tension in Sheikh Jassim’s relationship with Britain. December 18, 1878 was a turning point when Sheikh Jassim took power. It was also the inception of the modern State of Qatar achieved
as a result of Sheikh Jassim’s assiduous efforts that led to gaining full recognition by both powers of Qatar’s independence. However, Sheikh Jassim adamantly opposed the Ottoman attempts to increase their influence in Qatar by appointing administrative personnel in Zubarah, Doha, Al-Wakrah and Khor Al-Odaid, or by establishing a customs post in Al-Badaa or reinforcing the Ottoman garrison. As a result, a crucial battle broke out between the Qatari tribes led by Sheikh Jassim and the Ottomans in Alwajbah 15 kilometers west of Doha on 25 March 1893. The qataris fought bravely and defeated the ottomans and the battle became a turning point in the history of Qatar. The era of Sheikh Jassim was marked by security, justice and welfare. Total renaissance and prosperity were then experienced in all social and economic aspects of life. That was clearly evident in the pearl diving business and Qatar became one of the major pearl exporters. Maritime transportation business and means developed. The Qatari port which was upgraded to cope with the growing import and export traffic requirements helped the development of this sector. More ships operated in the fields of trade, diving for pearl or transport. Businesses, resources and markets also thrived and diversified along with the population growth and urban expansion. Sheikh Jassim died on July 17, 1913 after an eventful life and aromatic memory and was succeeded by his son Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani.
On the occasion of National Day of the State of Qatar
By: H.E. Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah
Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
e congratulate ourselves, and all our friends, on this glorious anniversary, and remember our founding Father, who is the reason for the extension of this renaissance and its reaching to us, so we are celebrating the accession of Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohamed Bin Thani, the founder of the State of Qatar, to the rule of the country.
Qatarâ€™s firm policy in the economic sphere is to diversify income sources and stabilize economic growth through optimizing the utilization of its natural resources and enhancing the development of the Natural Gas Field and Petrochemical, Iron and Steel and Refining Industries. Under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, The Emir of the
State of Qatar, the State is on the way to success. By following his fatherâ€™s footsteps, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is contributing towards the progress of the country and especially enhancing relations with other states just like Pakistan. Economic developments and improvement in infrastructure is also on the rise under the wise leadership of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Qatar can look to the future with confidence. On the horizon, there is advancement in all fields, the progress and prosperity; and looking over the horizon, will be further progress and a peace loving country wishing all the best for the rest of the world and having all the resolve to join hands with the all to ascertain peace and harmony in the world. The State of Qatar and Islamic Republic of Pakistan, are enjoying an excellent and brotherly ties, the leadership of both the countries are willing and very much desirous to further enhance and strengthen this relationship and bringing it to the highest possible levels. The State of Qatar attaches great importance to its relations with Pakistan, which has strong historical and geographical ties with the Arab world. The State of Qatar continues working on consolidating these relations. Qatar and Pakistan are two brotherly countries enjoying excellent relationships in every field. This relationship has a history of decades. Having such a distinguished background and based on our cultural affinities, cooperation between Qatar and Pakistan is developing into a bright future of cooperation.
Our countries have proved capable of standing together in the face of events unfolding in our shared region. Our joint efforts aim to boost peace and stability. The expanding cooperation between Qatar and Pakistan, as two crucial players of the region, has an ever growing importance. Economic relations are of greater significance given the notable growth and dynamism demonstrated by the two countries. In particular, I am proud to see Qatari companies going from strength to strength in Qatar. Empowering the current status of relations between the economic and capital circles of our countries will remain at the focus of Pak-Qatar bilateral relations. It is for sure that the expanding political and economic relations aforementioned will further consolidate ties at grassroots level. Pakistani community in Qatar is already contributing to Qatarâ€™s society and economy in the role of business holders, professionals and academicians. Greater number of Qataris visits Pakistan each year, an indicator of flourishing people to people contacts. It will therefore remain high on my priorities to ensure that this relationship between our peoples continues on its upward course. At a time our relations are gaining such momentum, it is my grand privilege to serve as the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. On behalf of the Embassy and myself, I extend my best wishes for Pakistan. I seize this happy occasion to extend my sincere appreciation to all of those who have contributed in developing and enhancing the existing friendly bilateral relations between the State of Qatar and Islamic Republic of
Pakistan, both on official and public levels. It also gives me profound pleasure and happiness to be serving in the beautiful city of Islamabad. This year has been a year of several achievements on the path of our relations. It has witnessed fostering of more interactions and exchanges between our two countries. These visits offered a great opportunity for both the sides to exchange views on issues of mutual interest and reiterated the earnest desire of both the leaderships to further strengthening the friendly relations in diverse fields. I would like to reiterate my appreciation for the Government of Pakistan for the continued support to me, which is the result of the Qatar-Pakistan commonalities and mutual ties. In closing, I would like to stress on my countryâ€™s firm commitment to continue seeking ways for expanding our bilateral relationship on all dimensions, and my hope is that the current level of support and cooperation from all concerned in both the countries will continue and even broaden in order to attain that goal. I pray for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan under their wise and dynamic leadership, Ameen.
to visit in Qatar
Qatar has established itself as one of the region’s cultural capitals, hosting major international events. Qatar is also home to the finest cultural landmarks, some even dating back to thousands of years demonstrating the nation’s rich history and culture. In addition, Qatar has a series of world-class museums that house some of the world’s finest art collections. Few from all top visiting sites and destinations are given under.
Museum of Islamic Art The stunning Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei, famed for his modern wing of the Louvre in Paris, is an icon for art, culture and heritage, housing precious works from more than 200 years of Islamic civilization. Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson Qatar Museums Authority, the Museum of Islamic Art has become one of the foremost museums of Islamic art, as well a centre of education and learning in the field of the arts of the Islamic world. The museum opened in 2008 to great acclaim and has received its one millionth visitor in 2013. An iconic feature of the Doha skyline, the Museum of Islamic Art represents the full scope of Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. The superb collections and extraordinary exhibitions make MIA a centre of knowledge and inspiration that illuminates the world of Islamic art, and contributes to spreading this wisdom. The museum building has rapidly become an iconic feature of the Doha landscape. Standing alone on reclaimed land, the building draws much influence from ancient Islamic architecture, notably the Ibn Tulun Mosque of Cairo. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the Museum is comprises of a main building with an adjacent education wing connected by a large central courtyard. The main building rises five-storeys, topped by a high domed atrium within a central tower. The cream-coloured limestone captures the changes in light and shade during the day. The interior is no less spectacular. The centerpiece of the
Atrium is a curved double staircase leading up to the first floor. Above it floats an ornate circular metal chandelier echoing the curve of the staircase. An oculus, at the top of the atrium, captures and reflects patterned light within the faceted dome. The five-story 45-metre tall window on the north side gives spectacular panoramic views across the bay. The geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the spaces, and including the ceilings of the elevators. A variety of textures and materials from wood and stone have created a unique environment for the museum’s stunning collections.
Mathaf Museum The Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art opened in Education City in 2010 and hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary art with a permanent collection of regional art and design. Mathaf museum hosts exhibitions, programs and events that explore and celebrate modern and contemporary art and offer an Arab perspective on international art. The Museum, one of the first Qatar Museum's Authority institution, opened to the public in 2010, is conceived to be used as an inspiring space for dialogue and scholarship about modern and contemporary art in Qatar, in the region, and in the world. Our story really begins more than twenty years ago, when our patron and founder H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani first began to imagine what an Arab Museum of Modern Art might look like. He started to build a collection that could serve artists and public as a rich and representative treasure-house of modern Arab art. And he saw this collection as a starting point, to create more opportunities for artists and for art-lovers in Doha and around the world. Mathaf is located in a converted school building on the edge of Education City, off Al-Luqta Street.
Katara Cultural Village Katara Cultural Village is the focal point for arts and
culture in Doha and has art galleries, an amphitheater for opera, drama and concerts performance as well as restaurants and a beach and water spotrts facilities.
Fort Zubarah A trip to the ancient 18th century Fort Zubarah in the North of the country is a must for visitors wanting to explore Qatar’s historical landmarks.
Souq Waqif Souq Waqif offers the bustle and vitality of old traditional souq with perfectly replicated buildings featuring traditional architecture. There you will find handicrafts on display as well as traditional foods and spices, perfumes, fabrics and art. Young Qataris are being encouraged to set up businesses promoting old crafts and traditional wares.
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani has built his own museum at his farm in Al Sheehaniya located 20km west of Doha. This private museum comprises of more than 15,000 pieces, collected during his worldwide travels. The museum has a varied collection of artifacts including fossils, manuscripts, textiles, weapons, ceramics, woodwork, contemporary art, pre- and Islamic coins and foreign currency. There is also a section devoted to Qatari and Bedouin heritage, including fishing boats and traditional Qatari houses. The facility also has an attached farm housing more than 1,000 Arabian onyx, gazelles, and peacocks. Entrance is free.
Barzan Tower Located in Umm Salal, this building was previously built as a watchtower in the 19th century.
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H.E. Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Mr. Khalifa Thani M. Al-Zarraa Minister Pleni / DHM Qatar Embassy Islamabad with representative of Qatari Organizations based in Pakistan.
H.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Thani J. Al-Thani
Chairman Pak-Qatar Takaful Group
.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Thani J. Al-Thani, a member of Royal family of Qatar and the Chairman Pak-Qatar Takaful Group is a visionary character who has some extraordinary qualities in his personality. H.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah has a mission to enhance brotherly ties with bordered countries especially with Pakistan. H.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah is the member of the Royal Family, a prominent businessman in Qatar. By qualification, he is Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Portland State University, USA. Currently he is heading Pak Qatar Takaful. He is also the Chairman of Umm-Haish International, and Al-Jazeera Trading & Contracting. Earlier, he was the Chairman of Qatar International Islamic Bank. H.H. Sheikh Ali is the well wisher of Pakistan. His heart beats with the people of Pakistan. In times of difficulty, he always stood on forefront to provide relief to affected population. H.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Bin Thani Al-Thani has always keen to boost relations with Pakistan. A delegation from Qatar, headed by Al-Thani had recently visited Pakistan and met with key dignitaries to discuss issues of mutual interest.
As for as his tireless efforts in the field of cooperation and generous support for Pakistan are concerned, he took many steps to further strengthening ties not only with the state of Pakistan but to help the people of Pakistan as well. Many projects of generous support lie on his stake. Doha village for flood victims was one from them which was inaugurated under the kind supervision of Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Thani J. Al-Thani, Chairman Pak-Qatar Takaful Group, in Sanjarpur village, Tehsil Sadiqabad in the district of Rahim Yar Khan. The project was successfully completed the construction for 200 families who had lost their homes due to the floods that swept through Pakistan in 2010. The Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah for Humanitarian Services (RAF) is one of many foundations established in Qatar concerned primarily with humanitarian work for relief and social development, both locally and internationally. In times of 2005 earthquake and during the Balochistan flood catastrophe, he contributed to his level best. He had set up medical camps, provided tents, blankets, food stuff and cash to troubled people. In Khoshab, Sheikh Ali has drilled wells and installed all necessary motor and pumps to make sure of easy availability of water
to the resident of barren land. On the services that Pak Qatar Takaful is providing in Pakistan, Sheikh Ali said that we believe Pak-Qatar Takaful has the financial strength and expertise to safeguard investments and meet the long-term investment needs of the people in Pakistan. H.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullahâ€™s affection and love with Falcons and species of different kinds is commendable. In Qatar, H.H. sets up Gharafa Breeding & Conservation Centre which is involved and working on breeding and rearing of Falcons in captivity from past ten years. Al Gharafa Centre is a wildlife welfare project that was planned and launched by H.H Sheikh Ali to show his love with species. Equipped with state of the art veterinary medical laboratory, Al Gharafa Breeding Centre is especially designed for breeding Falcons, Pens and Houbara. GBCC is the first centre in the world to perform experiments over artificial insemination in the eggs of Houbara and Falcons. We are grateful and pay tribute to H.H. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah for his endeavor and generous support for the people of Pakistan. We also extend our sincere gratitude to him for bonding ties with Pakistan. By: Abubakar Siddique
On the occasion of National Day of the State of Qatar
n the occasion of the Anniversary of the National Day for the accession of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of the State of Qatar, to the rule of the country. On behalf of Pak-Qatar Family & General Takaful, I would like to extend warmest greetings and best wishes to the government and Qatari people on this auspicious occasion of National Day of Qatar. Qatar and Pakistan have long shared ties in health, education, and business as well as a mutual commitment to human rights and democratic goals. We look forward to strengthening our relationship by working together to foster peace, tolerance, prosperity, security, and stability in the region and around the world. I would like to congratulate H.E. Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Islamic Republic of Pakistan for celebrating on National Day State of Qatar. I hope the coming year brings further peace and prosperity for the State of Qatar and look forward to strengthening our partnership in the years ahead. On behalf of the Pak-Qatar Takaful Group and on my personal behalf, I have the pleasure to extend to you my heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of your countryâ€™s National day. I would also like to convey through Diplomatic Affairs magazine to His Excellency .E. Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and to the Government and people of the state of Qatar, my best wishes of happiness and prosperity. I also avail myself of this occasion to thank the State of Qatar once again for its meaningful contribution and the driving force behind the achievements of the Pak-Qatar Takaful group, thereby making it possible for the group to play an effective and increasingly important role to witness a prosperous future and most importantly to perform its duty of fulfilling financial protection and saving needs of our customers. I would like to take this opportunity to thank for your continued support and commitment for Pakâ€“Qatar Takaful Group. Please accept, your Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.
Managing Director Pak-Qatar Family & General Takaful
A pioneer Islamic institution that works for
poor’s development Empowering the abilities of the neediest groups to fulfil human dignity and promote social justice in collaboration with development partners
atar Charity (QC) is an international non-profit and non-governmental humanitarian organization founded in the State of Qatar in 1980. In Qatar, QC is duly registered with the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs. In Pakistan, Qatar Charity is duly registered with the Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Statistics. QC has its headquarters in Doha, State of Qatar and is administered by a General Assembly and a Council of Directors supported by a set of executive specialized departments and sections overseeing the execution of its yearly action plan and strategy. QC is the oldest and biggest voluntary organization that has been in a consultative status with the UN ECOSOC since 1997. By the end of
a Five Year Plan 2007 – 2011. Under this Plan, QC is undertaking programs associated with the socio-economic development of the country particularly in the fields of basic education, primary healthcare, small enterprise development, water and sanitation, women’s empowerment. Some of its achievements during 2013 is Pakistan are as follows.
Major Achievements in 2013 2008, QC is serving in more than 36 countries including Asia and Africa. QC has been introduced to the humanitarian scene in Pakistan early 1992. It has launched
• Livelihoods & Income Generation Program • Water & Sanitation Program • Community Physical Infrastructure Scheme • Social Protection • Women and Family Support Program
ple. It was found that a massive campaign for the awareness regarding health and hygienic is needed. Taking in view QC organized 200 awareness sessions on health in community and school. In these sessions three types of hygiene were discussed (personal, domestic and environmental hygiene).
• Education and Cultural Support • Relief and Emergency Response • Seasonal Program
Livelihood and Income Generation Program To coup with less livelihood choices and vulnerabilities the program was launched that provide local people more choices to eradicate poverty from the area. Leepa Integrated Development Program (LIDP) was launched in Leepa for the sustainable development in the area. Beside all other interventions of livelihoods
Community Physical Infrastructure (CPI) and income generation, small and medium enterprise development for the small shopkeepers is one of the prominent activities of QC in Leepa. Taking the sustainable development in consideration value chain approach is followed during the implementation of the project.
Water Sanitation and Hygene During initial baseline survey it was found that health and hygiene conditions of the people are not good. A large number of the people are suffering with disease related directly or indirectly to hygienic conditions of the peo-
Seven DVSS have been completed with the active participation of COs in both the UCs of Tehsil Leepa. Two irrigation channel have been completed in village Mandal and Lubgran (Mandal comes under UN Nokot and Lubgran is the village of UC Banamullah.
Social Protection Since its inception in 1992, Qatar Charity Social Protection department is serving the needy and undeserved groups from different geographical locations of Pakistan. This program is consists of Orphan’s Care and Welfare, Family Support and Students Scholarship. The basic aim of this program is to provide safety nets to the most underprivileged groups of society through financial support.
Education and Cultural Relief and Emergency Support Response
Women and Family Support Program
Leepa is the most neglected and far flung areas of AJK. Unemployment ration especially in females is very high. They are facing many problems i.e. health and education and less development opportunities. To coup with such vulnerability QC in its LFA set a result that was â€œTargeted groups of farmers have improved livestock and poultry breeds with adequate knowledge of its management resulting in improved economic statusâ€?.
Preservation and protection of local culture and tradition is the sole priority of Qatar Charity Programs to achieve the goal of sustainable development. In addition to this, Qatar Charity firmly believes that development is a transition process which can be achieved through mental transition and mental transition can bring through the process of feeding education in generation. Since its inception, Qatar Charity conducted several activities while considering the importance of education and culture values including teacher trainings, school construction, establishment of libraries mosques construction and cultural festivals etc. All these activities carried out with the full participation of local communities in all process.
Qatar Charity has strong presence in disaster prone areas as one of the mainstreamed humanitarian organization such as Swat & Lower Dir KPK, Leepa AJK, Rajanpur South Punjab, Tando Muhammad Khan Sindh Province. Qatar Charity has successfully managed to implement its programs with effective social mobilization information sharing and replicating the best lessons on the basis of its previous work experience.
Seasonal Program Since its inception in Pakistan, Qatar Charity has been pro-actively taking part in celebrating different events under the Islamic calendar. The aim of these celebrations is to strengthen the bond of humanity and spiritual enthusiasm among the Islamic brethren. Under these programs, Qatar Charity, mainly focus over the underprivileged and vulnerable classes who find it difficult to fulfill their nutritional needs on the occasions. Prominent among these projects are; Ramadan Food Package, Zakar-ul-Fitr and Aadhai (Qurbani).
On the occasion of National Day of the State of Qatar
Mr. Khaled Wakil Country Director Qatar Charity - Pakistan
n behalf of Qatar Charity Pakistan office we express our deep appreciation, gratitude and thankfulness to the great command and the people of Qatar on the National Day. Qatar Charity NGO is an internationalnon-governmental humanitarian organizationhas its headquarter in Doha, State of Qatar with 16 Country Offices in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In the same time has activities in 55 countries with Local NGOs. In Pakistan Qatar Charity had brought significant progress from 1992 with deeper understanding of the humanitarian situation in this country. In that respect , we keep straining our best in every field we interfere and urging that our activities affect positively the target communities. Qatar Charity has implemented the major part of its Development Programs in Dir, Swat, Rajanpur, Tando Mohammad Khan Districts and Leepa (AJK). n QCâ€™s Livelihood & Income Generation Program has focused on restoring the lives of the targeted communities and contributed to their economic rejuvenation. n Our Water, Sanitation& Hygiene Program had good impact bringing pure drinking water to the doorstep or at least to the vicinity of these communities. n Our Education, Cultural support & Rural Infrastructure Program is to strengthen the cultural values and norms of the local communities. n Orphans and Family Support are highly esteemed in our culture, serving them is not considered a favour rather it is an obligation, specially during Seasonal Projects of Rmamadan, Qurbani& Zakat. n Relief & Emergency Response Program provided Food, Shelter, no Food Items, and Early Recovery Program in order to provide disaster resilient Shelters and the reconstruction of Low Cost Shelters. n We are focused on building the capacities and strengthening local communities to make this world more livable place.
Diplomatic Affairs December 2013
“We are bonding new heights of Pak-Qatar brotherly relations” His Excellency Sayar Abdul Rahman Al-Mawdah
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