Saudi troops participate in Pakistan Day parade for the second time

In this file photo Saudi troops march as they take part in Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi troops participate in Pakistan Day parade for the second time

  • Troops from Azerbaijan, China, Turkey, Bahrain and Sri Lanka also participated
  • On Thursday Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan hosted a dinner in Islamabad for the Saudi military contingent

ISLAMABAD:  Troops from Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, China, Turkey, Bahrain and Sri Lanka participated in Pakistan’s national day military parade on Saturday at which Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad was the guest of honour.

This is the second time Saudi troops have participated in Pakistan Day, celebrated across the country to mark the anniversary of a 1940 resolution calling for a separate homeland for Muslims in India.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are staunch economic and strategic allies. The former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki bin Faisal once described relations between the two countries as “probably one of the closest relationships in the world between any two countries.”

In 1998, after Pakistan tested nuclear weapons, Riyadh defied global pressure and provided a large quantity of oil on deferred payments to help Pakistan stay afloat.

Last month, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman visited Pakistan on a historic trip and signed a “record investment package,” including a $10 billion oil refinery in the deepwater port of Gwadar. Last year, Saudi Arabia also offered Pakistan a $6 billion loan package to stave off an economic crisis.

On Thursday night, Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Maliki, hosted a dinner in Islamabad for the military contingent from Saudi Arabia visiting to participate in the parade.

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who arrived in Islamabad on Thursday night and inked agreements for five big projects with Pakistan, attended the military parade as the guest of honor. Azerbaijan’s defense minister, Bahrain’s army chief and several other government officials from Oman also attended.


Pakistan train collision kills at least three

Updated 20 June 2019
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Pakistan train collision kills at least three

  • Baloch said the crash occurred on the main railway track and that train services from Karachi were suspended while the wreckage was being removed
  • Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment

KARACHI: At least three people were killed and several others injured when two trains collided in Pakistan's southern Sindh province on Thursday, officials said.
A driver, assistant driver and a guard were killed when a passenger train travelling to Lahore from the southern port city of Karachi hit a goods train that had stopped at a crossing, railway spokesman Riaz Abbasi told AFP.
Ishaq Baloch, a railway official confirmed the death toll and told AFP that an investigation has been launched to determine the causes of the collision.
Baloch said the crash occurred on the main railway track and that train services from Karachi were suspended while the wreckage was being removed.
All passengers on the train were safe, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the country's minister for railways told private TV channel ARY.
Video footage on local media showed the damaged engine and bogies of the trains and rescue workers and hundreds of people gathering to rescue the injured.
Train accidents are common in Pakistan, where railways have seen decades of decline due to corruption, mismanagement and lack of investment.