PM Khan discusses promotion of Pak-Saudi ties in a high-level meeting

In this photo, Prime Minister Imran Khan can be seen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Kingdom. (Photo courtesy: Social media)
Updated 04 February 2019

PM Khan discusses promotion of Pak-Saudi ties in a high-level meeting

  • The meeting was held just days before Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit
  • Saudi Arabia offered to rescue Pakistan’s economy at a difficult time

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high level meeting that focused on bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Monday.

According to an official statement released by Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting was held to review the measures taken by the government to enhance cooperation between the two countries.

While Pakistan has always maintained cordial relations with Muslim countries in the Middle East, its current administration has taken its ties with its allies in the region to a whole new level.

Prime Minister Imran Khan chose the Kingdom to undertake his first foreign visit after assuming the top political office of the country.

Knowing that the newly elected Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was facing a turbulent financial situation, the Saudi authorities also went out of their way to rescue Pakistan’s economy by offering a $6billion relief package.

Ever since, the two sides have strengthened their bond on multiple levels and are still striving to consolidate it further.

Monday’s meeting in Islamabad came days ahead of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the country. Among other senior officials, it was attended by Federal Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Zaidi, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal, and Chairman of Investment Board Haroon Sharif.

Famous Pakistani cobbler crafts shoes for crown prince

Updated 16 February 2019

Famous Pakistani cobbler crafts shoes for crown prince

  • Famous Peshawari cobbler to gift two sandals to Saudi prince in Islamabad
  • “I want to lay the whole universe at prince’s feet,” — Noor-ud-Din

PESHAWAR: A renowned sandal maker in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, Chacha Noor-ud-Din, will be gifting two of his famous hand-crafted leather sandals to the Saudi crown prince in Islamabad during his two-day visit.
Indigenous to the Pashtuns of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the traditional sandal known as the Peshawari Chappal became iconic in recent years as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s footwear of choice, and one he has worn at all state and formal gatherings after coming to power last year. 
An emotional Noor-ud-Din told Arab News that the crown prince was coming from the land of his beloved Prophet (PBUH).
“I want to lay my heart and the whole universe at the prince’s feet,” he said. 
Noor-ud-Din set up his business in Peshawar’s bustling old Namak Mandi market in 1976, and despite deteriorating sales in the past, has resurfaced as one of the province’s most popular shoe-makers with his custom-made, double-sole sandals coveted by national and international celebrities, as well as local parliamentarians, bureaucrats and army officers.
With the approval of Pakistan’s information ministry, Noor-ud-Din says he is now heading for the capital before the crown prince’s arrival on Sunday, with one black and one camel colored pair in the prince’s size, size 12, as confirmed by the government.
 “I wish to knot the chappal in Muhammad Bin Salman’s feet myself, but I am aware of tough security and a busy schedule,” he said, after polishing the shoes one last time and placing them in their box.
“I hope he will accept this small indigenous gift from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”