Pakistani cleric recovering in Saudi hospital

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Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf met with Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, in hospital. (Photo shared by Ashrafi)
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Sheikh Sulaiman bin Abdullah Aba Al-Khail, director of Al-Imam Mohammad ibn Saud Islamic University, met with Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi in hospital. (Photo shared by Ashrafi)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Pakistani cleric recovering in Saudi hospital

  • “I’m recovering rapidly,” Ashrafi told Arab News, without elaborating on the reason for his hospitalization
  • In May, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh gave Ashrafi a special shield for his service to Muslim unity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi is being treated in King Abdul Aziz Medical City in Riyadh for “medical complications” while on a personal visit to Saudi Arabia.
“I’m recovering rapidly,” Ashrafi told Arab News, without elaborating on the reason for his hospitalization.
“After successful surgery, doctors are satisfied about the recovery process. I’m grateful to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for having the best treatment.”
Ashrafi, a frequent visitor to the Kingdom, said senior Saudi officials visited him in the hospital and enquired about his health.
In May, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh gave Ashrafi a special shield for his service to Muslim unity, and to the defense and protection of the Two Holy Mosques in the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia to make biggest investment in Pakistan’s history – Umar

Updated 13 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia to make biggest investment in Pakistan’s history – Umar

  • Finance Minister says Islamabad has already received the first installment of the $1bn support package extended by Riyadh
  • Kingdom has also shown an interest in country’s largest coastal refinery

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar said on Thursday that an incoming investment package from Saudi Arabia had the potential to be “the biggest foreign investment in the country’s history”, reports in the Pakistani media said.
While addressing an event in Islamabad, Umar said: “The ball is in our court. It is going to the cabinet for approval next week, after which the announcement will be made.”
Following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden visit to the Kingdom in September this year, a high-level Saudi delegation had visited Pakistan to discuss economic ties and investment opportunities.
Later, during PM Khan’s second visit to the country in October, both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement under which the Kingdom agreed to place a deposit of $3 billion for a period of one year to support Islamabad in its balance of payment crisis.
Both countries had also agreed that a one-year deferred payment facility for imported oil, up to $3 billion, will be provided by Saudi Arabia. This arrangement will be in place for three years, which will be reviewed thereafter.
Pakistan has already received the first tranche of $1 billion under the balance of payments support package extended by Saudi Arabia in November, with the second and third installments to be received in the next two months.
In recent months, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have agreed to enhance their business and trade ties.
Saudi Arabia has also shown an interest to invest in Pakistan’s largest coastal refinery, a multibillion-dollar project being set up at Khalifa Point, near Hub in Balochistan. The details were confirmed to Arab News last month by Sher Afghan Khan, spokesman for the Ministry of Energy (petroleum division) and a board member of the Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO).