Pakistan reiterates its promise to protect Kingdom’s sovereignty

The parliament building in Islamabad as shown here. At a recent Senate meeting, Pakistan said it would continue to stand by Saudi Arabia in it's time of need. (Photo courtesy: Press Information Department – PID)
Updated 10 November 2018
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Pakistan reiterates its promise to protect Kingdom’s sovereignty

  • Senate apprised of ongoing situation in the Gulf region
  • PM Khan cements ties with ally by visiting country twice since assuming office in August

ISLAMABAD: Expressing solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan on Saturday once again reiterated its commitment to defend the sovereignty of the country, Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, a member of the Senate told Arab News.
The comments followed a meeting conducted by the Senate standing committee on foreign affairs on Friday to review the situation in the Gulf and the role that Pakistan is expected to play in it.
Senator Shaikh said that Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Dr. Mohammad Faisal briefed the committee on the situation in the Gulf region, adding that there would be no change in Islamabad’s policy toward the Kingdom.
“We all (the members of the committee) unanimously expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia,” Shaikh, a representative of the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) said. MQM is an ally of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
Ties between Islamabad and Riyadh are deep-rooted and Pakistan has always been vocal about its support for the Kingdom, insisting that it will always work toward protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic ties shared between the two countries.
Saudi Arabia was the first country that Prime Minister Imran Khan chose to visit since assuming office in August this year. He returned to the Kingdom once again in October to participate in a prestigious business conference in Riyadh, also known as the “Davos in the desert”.
Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, met with President Dr. Arif Alvi at the President House in Islamabad.
A statement issued after the meeting said that the two countries would soon sign an agreement to establish an oil refinery in Pakistan, in addition to finalizing other major projects which Saudi Arabia has shown interest in.
Dr. Alvi, on his part, stressed on the need for more exchanges to take place between the business delegations of both the countries.


UAE wins 2019 Ramadan Year of Tolerance football cup in Islamabad

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UAE wins 2019 Ramadan Year of Tolerance football cup in Islamabad

  • KSA, Egypt, Sudan, UAE, Nigeria, Kuwait & Arabs from two other nations played
  • KSA won third place match against Egypt on Saturday night

ISLAMABAD: The winning streak of the Emiratis that survived the ten day Year of Tolerance Football Championship of Ramadan 2019 came to a fruitful end early Sunday morning as the UAE team won against its opponent 1-0 taking the big trophy.
Initiative of UAE Ambassador Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al Zaabi who revived the spirit of football organizing the tournament last year under the title ‘Year of Zayed’ is aimed at rekindling relations between the Arab diplomats stationed in Islamabad.
“This kind of activity brings all Arabs, all Islamic countries, and all (Middle East) embassies together”, Al Zaabi told Arab News, as his team lifted the winning cup.
The Emirati envoy pledged to do more toward what he called a successful “sports diplomacy”.
The game was suspended back in 2008 during Pakistan’s troubled era plagued by terrorism. But in 2018 UAE emabssy which has indulged in several philanthropic activities took steps to connect with other Arab nations through football, a game commonly played in the Middle East.
Arab News shows in this video report, its second coverage of the tournament this month, the excitement of participants, players, and a select crowd of Arabs and Pakistanis enjoying the football in cricket crazy Pakistan.