Saudi envoy meets Nawaz Sharif, offers condolences on wife’s death  

Saudi Ambassador met with Nawaz Sharif and offered condolence on the death of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz. (Photo Via Twitter)
Updated 13 September 2018

Saudi envoy meets Nawaz Sharif, offers condolences on wife’s death  

  • Ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki visited Jati Umra, the ancestral home of the Sharif family, and offered his condolences
  • Nawaz Sharif was temporarily released on parole to attend the funeral of his wife on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki visited Jati Umra, the ancestral home of the Sharif family, near Lahore on Thursday and offered condolences to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the death of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz.

Kulsoom Nawaz died on Tuesday at the age of 68 while undergoing treatment for lymphoma at the Harley Street Clinic in London.

Pakistan’s three-time premier Nawaz, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and her husband Capt. Mohammed Safdar — currently serving sentences for corruption — have been temporarily released on parole to attend the funeral on Friday.

The Sharif family will bring Kulsoom’s body to Lahore early on Friday and she will later be buried there.


Pakistan thanks Saudi Arabia for supporting it in 'difficult times'

Updated 11 August 2020

Pakistan thanks Saudi Arabia for supporting it in 'difficult times'

  • Minister Shibli Faraz says the country cannot run independent foreign policy until it gains economic strength
  • Claims Pakistan’s economy has improved in the last two years due to the government’s prudent policies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for always rescuing his country in difficult times while dismissing rumors of any differences between the two countries.
“Saudi Arabia has always been with us and we are thankful to them,” the minister said while briefing reporters here in Islamabad on various decisions made during the federal cabinet meeting earlier in the day that was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The minister said the Kingdom was a brotherly country that had “always stood by us in difficult times.”
He said that a lot of Pakistani labor was working in the Kingdom, adding that the two holiest sites of Islam were also located in the same country.
To a question about the reported return of $1 billion to Saudi Arabia, he said that the money taken as a loan. “It was taken and returned. This is not in our interest to link it [the loan issue] to other things,” he said.
Saudi Arabia extended a $6.2 billion financial package, including $3 billion cash as a soft loan and $3.2 billion of deferred oil payment facility, to Pakistan in November 2018 to help the country stave off its balance of payments crisis.
The minister said that the world was moving toward readjustment as the world order was changing, especially in the last few years.
Faraz said that like every other country, “Pakistan as a sovereign state will work in the direction and pursue objectives that reinforce its national interests.”
He also added that the country could not run an independent foreign policy without acquiring adequate economic strength.
Talking about the government’s economic achievements in the last two years, he said that Pakistan’s current account deficit was brought down from $20 billion to $3 billion while the central bank’s reserves had increased from $8.5 billion to $12.5 billion due to prudent economic policies.
The minister informed that sales of cement, fertilizers, diesel and petrol had increased many times in the last two years, reflecting an improvement of the country’s fragile economy.
He noted that the coronavirus pandemic had not hit the country’s economy as hard as other countries in the region.
“The economic revival has started … Difficult times have almost passed and better days are right ahead of us,” the minister claimed.