ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi has conferred country’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Pakistan upon visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman at an investiture ceremony today here at the President House.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal ministers, parliamentarians, and services chiefs were also present on the occasion. Later, President Dr. Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, developing, and elimination of corruption. Addressing a luncheon ceremony held in honor of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Islamabad today, President Dr. Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, development, and elimination of corruption.
He said it is a very golden era for Pakistan as it is open for investment. The President said we bravely fought terrorism and we are now standing at an era, where there will be increasing prosperity and peace in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the region. He thanked the Crown Prince for signing various Memorandums of Understanding for huge investment in Pakistan.
He said it is the first phase of Saudi investments and the second phase will take place soon. Dr. Arif Alvi said like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has huge tourism potential as it is situated at the crossroad of various regions. He invited Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to visit Pakistan and urged Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit northern areas of Pakistan, which present one of the best mountain attractions in the world.
Speaking on the occasion, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said brotherly relationships between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are focused on the principle of Islamic solidarity. He acknowledged the contribution of Pakistani diaspora for the development of Saudi Arabia, especially in the expansion project of the Grand Mosque and Masjid-e-Nabavi. He said over two million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and contributing a lot in the development of the kingdom and Pakistan.
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Over 6.9m Umrah pilgrims arrive in Kingdom
ISLAMABAD: As many as 6,964,943 mln Umra pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.
In its weekly cumulative indicator, the ministry said the Saudi authorities have so far issued 7,463,259 visas to people intending to perform Umrah, Saudi Gazette reported.
Of the total 6,964,943 Umrah pilgrims, who arrived in the Saudi Kingdom, 6,185,504 arrived at airports, 671,356 via the land crossing points and 108,083 via seaports.
According to sources nearly 1,530,855 Umrah pilgrims have arrived from Pakistan, followed by 934,827 from Indonesia, 635,675 from India, 524,728 from Egypt, 353,425 from Algeria, 323,083 from Yemen, 300,517 from Turkey, 269,554 from Malaysia, 268,179 from Iraq, and 194,908 from Jordan.
The Umrah-related initiative is among the main objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, seeking to attract over 30 million Umrah performers by providing them with excellent services to enrich their experience.
Saudis volunteer to aid Makkah pilgrims during Ramadan
ISLAMABAD: Saudis are volunteering in Makkah to help pilgrims, dealing with their health issues and any other requirements they may have so their Umrah can be performed with ease.
Doctors, teachers, engineers and government employees are among those giving their time and energy during the holy month of Ramadan to help the millions of Muslims who are in Makkah.
The head of Nabad, a volunteer group, talking to Arab news said medical professionals and other specialists were focusing on nationals and residents through events in malls, hospitals and health centers.
“Nabad has contributed to promoting knowledge among members of civil society and focused on serving widows, divorcees, low-income people, people with special needs and the elderly through events carried out in conjunction with government bodies,” Dr Yasser Al-Sharif said.
He added that 1,400 doctors and medical students were volunteering, hoping to make a difference and to serve their country.
Al-Sharif said the events were aimed at raising awareness about several programs, including one about health empowerment ambassadors, for guests of the Grand Mosque. Pilgrims are provided with information upon arrival at the airport in different languages, he said.
Rania Shodari is part of a volunteer program for pilgrims, offering them gifts and introducing them to Makkah landmarks, and described the experience as special.
“Volunteering should come from the heart and not be a means to show off,” she told Arab News. “We focus on bringing smiles to pilgrims’ faces and intensifying efforts to reflect real Saudi hospitality, from the moment they arrive until their departure.
Russia air strikes kill 10 civilians in northwest Syria: monitor
KAFRANBEL: Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia have killed 10 civilians including five children in a northwestern jihadist bastion, a monitor said Monday, hours after Moscow announced a ceasefire there.
Clashes between regime forces and militants raged Monday on the edge of the region held by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, following the deadly air raids overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Idlib region controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is supposed to be protected from a government offensive by a September buffer zone deal, but regime and Russian bombardment has increased there since late April.
The Observatory said Russian air strikes overnight killed five children, four women, and one man in the town of Kafranbel in Idlib province.
The air strikes hit near a hospital in the town, knocking it out of service, the Britain-based monitor said.