ISLAMABAD: Senior officials and analysts Monday hailed the visit of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in Pakistan, termed the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan presents a “historic opportunity” to expand collaboration in all sectors.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan is highly anticipated and presents a historic opportunity to expand collaboration between our two friendly countries in all fields,” Analysts said.
Expert on International Relations Dr. Huma Baqai said, the high-profile visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman visit was manifestation of the strength of relationship and it would go a long way in building strategic and economic relations that has been the hallmark of two brotherly countries.
She said, Pakistan has an opportunity to present its stance in front of Saudi Crown Prince regarding Pulwama’s tragic incident as India is continuously alleging Pakistan of involvement in the incident, adding, Saudi Arabia was the country that supported Pakistan in critical times and the recent visit of Saudi Crown Prince would strengthen Riyadh’s diplomatic support to Islamabad and reinforce relations between both countries.
Economist Mirza Ikhtiar Baig said Pakistan has facing several economic challenges and the Saudi investment in development projects in the country would send across a positive message to the world about Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia was investing in long-term projects, which showed that the Middle East countries have sighted Pakistan to be a developed country in near future, he added.
The economist said main focus of Pakistan is to strengthen trade, agriculture, tourism and other relations with Saudi Arabia. Riyadh is interested to establish an oil refinery in Gwadar.
He said Saudi Arabia wants to make Pakistan’s economic development stable by establishing an oil refinery and having partnership with Pakistan in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Former Foreign Secretary Najam-ud-Din Sheikh said the Saudi relationship with Pakistan was considered to be one of the exemplary and exceptional.
He further said Pakistan supported the Saudi role and provided all out assistance to the Kingdom at political, military and diplomatic levels.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed fraternal relations and all Pakistanis have a special place for Saudi Arabians in their hearts, he added.
He explained, Saudi Arabia stepped forward with a US$ 6 billion bailout package for Pakistan’s ailing economy, adding, the package included US $ 3bn balance of payments support and another US$ 3bln in deferred payments on oil imports.
NAB files reference against couple for blackmailing
ISLAMABAD: NAB prosecutor has filed a reference here on Saturday (25th May 2019) against a couple for attempting to blackmail its chairman and defrauding six others.
Recently some footage surfaced showing a man in conversation with a woman. It was insinuated that voice was that of NAB chairman. But according to the Bureau, it was the blackmailers’ propaganda.
The couple (husband in jail and female out on bail), allegedly linked with blackmailing group will appear before the court on 17th of June after Eid-ul-Fitr.
It is pertinent to mention here that 36 witnesses recorded their statements with the bureau against the two suspects.
PML-N wants removal of NAB chief, says Sheikh Rasheed
LAHORE: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday blasted the opposition Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) for criticising the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman in the wake of leaked tapes showing purported conversation between him and an unnamed female.
Addressing a press conference, he said the PML-N desired removal of NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal from his post in order to halt filing of references against party leaders.
Responding to a question about the leaked audio and video tapes of the NAB chief, the minister said, “Leave the audio and video aside, see corrupt elements’ screams.” He said this in a reference to PML-N leaders’ reaction to the controversy.
“Look at their past, whenever they find themselves trapped, they target institutions,” he said, claiming Shehbaz Sharif is begging for an NRO-like deal to get scott-free in graft cases filed against him.
Sheikh Rasheed said the PML-N and PPP are responsible for inflation in the country.
Three Eid special trains on tracks from June 2: Minister
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the Pakistan Railways would run three Eid special trains from June 2 to facilitate passengers.
Addressing a press conference at PR Headquarters on Saturday, he said if more trains would be arranged then five Eid special trains would be run to facilitate passengers.
He said a tender had been awarded to Railway Constructions Pakistan Limited (RAILCOP) for improvement of Tando Adam railway track.
The minister said Sir Syed Express train would soon be inaugurated, adding that required target would be achieved in freight area.
To a question, Sheikh Rashid said those who plundered the country’s wealth were targeting the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
He said due to lack of health facilities, AIDS had become severe in Larkana and demanded the resignation of Sindh health minister.