Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh marks Independence Day

Acting Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Bilal Ahmad speaks at the 73rd Independence Day ceremony in Riyadh. (Supplied)
Updated 15 August 2019

Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh marks Independence Day

RIYADH: The Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh marked the 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday, during which acting Ambassador Dr. Bilal Ahmad unfurled the national flag. 

“Pakistani expatriates joined the flag-hoisting ceremony at the embassy … in large numbers to mark Independence Day, and to express solidarity with Kashmiri brothers and sisters,” an embassy spokesman said.

Indian-administered Kashmir has been under an unprecedented lockdown since last week after New Delhi revoked Article 370, a constitutional provision granting the region special status.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the “illegal and unilateral” move, and has downgraded diplomatic ties and suspended trade with India.

At the ceremony, Ahmad read out messages from Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

They paid tribute to those who fought and sacrificed to achieve independence, and called on citizens to strive to make Pakistan a prosperous and dignified country.

Ahmad said Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination.

Recently, Raja Ali Ejaz, ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, said: “We are proud to have developed into a modern state in the comity of nations through untiring efforts by the people and visionary leadership. Pakistan, a country of 200 million people, is today a progressive Islamic state with an active Parliament, independent judiciary, free media and vibrant civil society.”

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.