Pakistani PM among Time’s '100 Most Influential People'

Updated 18 April 2019

Pakistani PM among Time’s '100 Most Influential People'

  • Shares the list with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed and US President, Donald Trump
  • Has been cited as a ‘rock star’ for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Time Magazine has unveiled a number of covers and their 2019 ‘100 Most Influential People’ list, which includes a familiar face to Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Pakistan’s reigning premiere, who was voted into office in summer of 2018, is listed among other global leaders including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and US President Donald Trump.

Khan joins other Pakistanis who have made the list including Malala Yousafzai, actors Riz Ahmed and Kumail Nanjiani and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. 

The Times list comprises people from diverse backgrounds, fields, nations, tongues, and ambitions with Khan being cited as a ‘rock star’ for Pakistan and a ‘critical’ component in the possibility of a peaceful South Asia.

"Driven by fierce ambition, he can be cold and calculating. But he still generates the broadest hope among young and old that he can turn Pakistan around," wrote journalist Ahmed Rashid in Times.

Covers of the issue included people like football star Mohammad Saleh, Nancy Pelosi, journalist Gayle King, actor Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, singer Taylor Swift, and actor Sandra Oh.

Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

Updated 23 April 2019

Saudi envoy meets head of major Pakistani religious party

  • Maulana Fazlur Rehman appreciates deep rooted bilateral ties
  • Saudi envoy says Kingdom values relationship with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The chief of one of Pakistan’s largest religious parties, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), met the Saudi ambassador to Islamabad on Tuesday, the embassy said, and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman met with Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Pakistan, at the ambassador’s office on Monday, the embassy said on Twitter.
According to the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Maulana Fazlur Rehman lauded deep-rooted brotherly rties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia while Ambassador Al-Malki said the Kingdom attached great importance to its relationship with Pakistan.
Earlier this month Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani, an imam at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, visited Pakistan and met with the country’s top political and military leaders as well as religious clerics.