Saudi envoy meets Nawaz Sharif, offers condolences on wife’s death  

Saudi Ambassador met with Nawaz Sharif and offered condolence on the death of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz. (Photo Via Twitter)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Saudi envoy meets Nawaz Sharif, offers condolences on wife’s death  

  • Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki visited Jati Umra, the ancestral home of the Sharif family, and offered his condolences
  • Nawaz Sharif was temporarily released on parole to attend the funeral of his wife on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki visited Jati Umra, the ancestral home of the Sharif family, near Lahore on Thursday and offered condolences to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the death of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

Kulsoom Nawaz died on Tuesday at the age of 68 while undergoing treatment for lymphoma at the Harley Street Clinic in London.

Pakistan’s three-time premier Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and her husband Capt. Mohammed Safdar — currently serving sentences for corruption — have been temporarily released on parole to attend the funeral on Friday.

The Sharif family will bring Kulsoom’s body to Lahore early on Friday and she will later be buried there.


Saudi Cabinet reviews, stresses commitment to Hajj services

Updated 4 min 34 sec ago
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Saudi Cabinet reviews, stresses commitment to Hajj services

  • Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program has benefited over 52,000 pilgrims
  • ‘Road to Makkah’ project an extension of services for Pakistani Hajj pilgrims

ISLAMABAD: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday reviewed topics related to the services provided to Hajj pilgrims, and to the service of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Chaired by King Salman, the Cabinet discussed his directive to host thousands of pilgrims from all over the world each year as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.
The program has benefited more than 52,000 pilgrims since its inception in 1996.
Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah said the opening of water projects in Makkah and the holy sites reflects the Saudi leadership’s care and attention, SPA reported.
The opening of the water projects, which cost a total of more than SR1.3 billion ($346.6 million), coincides with this year’s pilgrimage season, to the benefit of pilgrims from around the world.
As one of Saudi Arabia’s most long-standing allies, Pakistan has particularly benefitted from Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Hajj services.
As an extension of services provided to Pakistani Hajj pilgrims this year, the Road to Makkah project was initiated in the country and aims to facilitate the 200,000 people expected to perform the obligatory religious ritual. It was during Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s February visit to Islamabad, that Prime Minister Imran Khan had requested him to include Pakistan in the project.
For this purpose, before the commencement of Hajj flights from Pakistan earlier this month, a team of Saudi officials arrived in the country to set up a pre-departure immigration system at Islamabad International Airport which significantly cuts down waiting times for pilgrims once they land in Saudi Arabia. The program is expected to be extended to other major airports in Pakistan in the years to come. 
This year alone, nearly 30,000 Pakistani pilgrims are expected to benefit from the facility. 
In addition to this, services to Pakistani pilgrims include a state-of-the-art Pakistan Hajj medical mission with 180 doctors, two hospitals and 18 ambulances.