KSA wants a prosperous, stable, vibrant Pakistan, says visiting Saudi minister

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Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, Saudi Minister for Culture and Information, arrived in Islamabad on Sept. 7. Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information Chaudhry Fawad Hussain received Awwad and his delegation on Sept. 7. (Photo by PID)
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Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information, with Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, Saudi Minister for Culture and Information — Sept. 7. (Photo by PID)
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Saudi Minister for Information and Culture Dr. Awwad Bin Saleh Al-Awwad called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Islamabad on Saturday Sept. 8. (Photo by PID)
Updated 08 September 2018

KSA wants a prosperous, stable, vibrant Pakistan, says visiting Saudi minister

  • Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, KSA Information Minister, is on an official visit to Islamabad
  • Visiting minister met Pakistan’s Senate speaker and discussed issues of mutual interest

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad on Saturday met the Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser, and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest between the two brotherly countries, and ways of strengthening relations.

Al-Awwad is on an official visit to Islamabad.
Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Ahmad Al-Maliki and Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry were also present in the meeting, which took place at the speaker’s house.
“Asad Qaiser acknowledged that our respective governments have maintained a time-tested friendship based on strong emotional links where we have supported each other through thick and thin and have stood by each other during every regional or international issue,” the Speaker’s office said in a statement.
The Speaker added: “We are bound in irrevocable ties of common faith, culture, history and heritage ... the Parliament of Pakistan has also remained in the forefront to further cement the brotherly relations between our two countries.”
The Speaker symbolized the true friendship of Pakistan with Saudi Arabia by quoting the famous saying, “Friendship is a sweet responsibility; not an opportunity.”
Asad Qaiser also discussed the problem faced by Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia and also spoke about the issue of Pakistanis imprisoned over there.
Al-Awwad “assured the Speaker to resolve the problems of Pakistani imprisons in Saudi Arabia and Pakistani citizens serving there,” the statement read.
The minister said Saudi Arabia would always stand by its Pakistani brethren whenever needed.
“He (the Minister) further said that Saudi Arabia strongly desires to see a prosperous, stable and economically vibrant Pakistan,” the statement added.

Indian and Pakistani experts discuss Kartarpur corridor alignment

Updated 19 March 2019

Indian and Pakistani experts discuss Kartarpur corridor alignment

  • The meeting was held in a positive and constructive environment, reads FO statement
  • Pakistan has completed a 4-kilometer long road on her side

LAHORE: Indian and Pakistan technical experts on Tuesday held a meeting at Kartarpur corridor’s Zero Point to finalize the development plan of the proposed passage and try to make it functional before the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, in November this year.

According to an official handout circulated by Pakistan’s Foreign Office soon after the gathering, “the meeting was held in a positive and constructive environment.”

Kartarpur corridor is meant to provide India’s Sikh pilgrims visa-free access to one of the most sacred shrines of their faith, Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, which was built at a place where Guru Nanak had settled after his missionary travels.

Experts from the two sides jointly visited the proposed area for the corridor and discussed technical aspects of the construction of roads and accommodation for Sikh pilgrims.

“Both sides jointly surveyed the coordinates of the Zero Point and discussed technical details, including Finished Road Level, High Flood level etc. The two sides agreed on some technical aspects/details and expressed the hope to finalize other modalities at the earliest,” Pakistan’s official statement added.

Apart from that, both teams of experts exchanged documents containing their respective technical proposals which will now come under discussion in the next high level meeting of their diplomats on April 2, 2019, at Wahga border in Pakistan.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan and India are sharing the construction burden of the corridor in their respective areas. While Pakistan has built 4km route on her side, the route between Guru Nanak’s shrine and Zero Point will be constructed by India.

Pakistan also plans to construct residential facilities for Sikhs coming from India and other parts of the world, and India intends to construct a passenger terminal at the Zero Line. Taken together, the estimated cost of the project is likely to reach $1.9 billion.

The passenger terminal will have the capacity to manage immigration and customs clearance of over 5000 Sikh pilgrims on a daily basis. The second phase of the project will involve the construction of temporary accommodation and a hospital for pilgrims, along with the construction of a bridge on River Ravi.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor in Pakistan was performed last year on November 28 by Prime Minister Imran Khan that was also attended by a delegation of Indian legislators, including cricketer-turned-politician Nuvjot Singh Sidhu.