Pakistan PM congratulates Saudi Arabia on National Day

This file photo shows Saudi King Salman, left, greeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Jeddah on Sept. 19, 2018. (Handout/Center for International Communication (CIC) via AFP)
Updated 30 September 2018
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Pakistan PM congratulates Saudi Arabia on National Day

  • Khan acknowledged that Saudi Arabia stood by Pakistan’s side through thick and think for which the government and the people of Pakistan are highly indebted
  • In his message of felicitation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other members of the Saudi royal family, Khan said the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are linked through religious and brotherly ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday congratulated the Saudi leadership and people on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.
Khan expressed best wishes to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other members of the royal family.
“The progress, development and stability of Saudi Arabia is a heartfelt sentiment of every Pakistani,” Khan said. “The strength of Saudi Arabia is the strength of the Muslim Ummah (nation).”
The Kingdom has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times, and the government and people of Pakistan acknowledge and appreciate that, he added.
On Sept. 18, Khan traveled to Saudi Arabia on his first official visit abroad since becoming prime minister, meeting with the king and crown prince and reviewing bilateral relations.
The visit “helped open a new chapter of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, which would benefit the entire region,” Khan said in his congratulatory message.
Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also congratulated the Saudi king and crown prince on their country’s National Day.


Pakistani politicians, analysts appreciate Saudi Crown Prince’s stance on regional peace

Updated 17 June 2019
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Pakistani politicians, analysts appreciate Saudi Crown Prince’s stance on regional peace

  • The Crown Prince’s recent statement reflects his wisdom and restraint, says Senator Sehar Kamran
  • International community must act to defuse situation in the Middle East, maintains senior analyst Zahid Hussain

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s major political parties and analysts on Monday appreciated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s statement that the Kingdom did not want a war in the Middle East.
In an interview last week, the Crown Prince also called for a decisive international position against Iran.
“At this very critical moment, the demonstration of restraint by the Saudi Crown Prince is very much appreciated. This shows his wisdom and rationale,” Senator Sehar Kamran of the Pakistan Peoples Party told Arab News, adding: “I believe the entire world will applaud the statement. We must give peace a chance and support efforts for political solution to all outstanding issues.”
“The international community can play an important role in reminding Iran of the consequences [of war] and help initiate a dialogues process to prevent further escalation of tensions in the region,” she continued.
Kamran said the recent attack on a Saudi oil tanker was a serious issue and must be strongly condemned.
“Every nation has the right to protect its sovereignty and national assets,” she noted. “Iran must act as a responsible state. A transparent investigation of the attack by the United Nations and collective wisdom on the issue will be the best option.”
Echoing her sentiment, Romina Khurshid Alam of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party also welcomed the Crown Prince’s statement.

“Our party leadership has always advocated for peace in the region and supports Pakistan’s role as a mediator to resolve all outstanding issues,” she said.
Omar Sarfraz Cheema, the central information secretary of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, told Arab News that “the PTI strongly condemns attacks on Saudi facilities by Houthis.”
He recalled that the Pakistani leadership had expressed its desire to play a mediator’s role for peace and stability in the Middle East.
Last week, Cheema told Arab News that Prime Minister Imran Khan had already urged the Houthis to engage in “meaningful dialogue” with Saudi Arabia to resolve the conflict. “This is a divisive issue for the whole Muslim world and should be resolved through negotiations,” he added.
“Peace is essential for the development of countries in the Middle East,” former Pakistani ambassador Rizwan-ul-Haq told Arab News. “Any country which upsets the tranquility and peace of the region must be invited to explain its position to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and asked to change its stance in a unanimous and decisive way.”
“We should sit together with transgressors and find a diplomatic solution before resorting to extreme measures,” he added.
Veteran Pakistani political commentator Zahid Hussain said that “the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf and oil facilities in the Kingdom have created a serious security situation in the Middle East and there is an urgent need for the international community to act and defuse the situation.”
“The Crown Prince is right that war is not an option,” he added.