Saudi National Day gels Pakistani expats with host community

In this undated photo, Dr. Khalid Abbas Asadi presents his book 'Pak-Saudi Friendship' to an educationist, Dr Abdul Hamid Al-Jahni, at the Ministry of Education, Madinah. (Photo Courtesy: Dr. Asadi)
Updated 21 September 2019

Saudi National Day gels Pakistani expats with host community

  • Saudis are generous and loyal friends, with profound love for Pakistanis, says distinguished Madinah based Dr. Asadi
  • Saudi-Pak relationship has strengthened under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, expat opines

ISLAMABAD: The decades-old bilateral and brotherly relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan is rapidly widening into trade and economic cooperation under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said a distinguished Pakistani doctor practicing medicine in the Kingdom for more than three decades, ahead of the Saudi National Day festivities on Monday.
“Saudi Arabia has always extended economic cooperation to Pakistan to help strengthen its economy, besides providing jobs to tens of thousands of nationals of the South Asian state,” Dr. Khalid Abbas Asadi, who has served the renowned Dr. Hamid Sulaiman Al-Ahmadi Hospital in Madinah since 1986, told Arab News on Friday.
He said Pakistani expats in Saudi Arabia were also preparing to participate in the festivities that have begun across the Kingdom to celebrate its 89th National Day. “We have planned a number of events here [at the hospital] and decorated the medical facility to celebrate the day with our patients and staff,” he said.
Saudis celebrate their National Day on September 23 every year to commemorate the renaming of the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz to Saudi Arabia by a royal decree from King Abdulaziz bin Saud in 1932. The day is celebrated with folk dances, songs and traditional festivals. Roads and buildings across the Kingdom are also decorated with Saudi flags and people wear green shirts to mark the occasion.
Pakistani expats along with people of other nationalities also celebrate the day out of respect and admiration for the country. “Saudi National Day is unique and special for Pakistani expats because we have decades-old spiritual and bilateral relationship based on mutual respect and dignity,” Asadi added.
The doctor, who has also written a lyrical book on Saudi Arabia’s ties with Pakistan, said that Pakistani expats would enjoy the National Day holidays and “get a chance to immerse in the local culture by attending different exhibitions and music concerts.”
Saudi Arabia has been one of the biggest job providers to Pakistanis. Nearly 5.3 million people from this country have served different sectors of the Kingdom’s economy since 1971.
Also, the Kingdom has been one of the top contributors to Pakistani remittances as Islamabad received $5 billion from Saudi Arabia out of a total inflow of $21.8 billion in 2018.
“I told Prime Minister Imran Khan that Saudi Arabia was a trusted and all-weather friend of Pakistan, and Islamabad should endeavor to get Saudi investment in oil and other sectors to support its ailing economy,” Asadi, who met the premier at Jeddah’s Royal Palace on Thursday, said.
He said the Saudi-Pak relations had taken a new turn under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, adding the measures taken by him could help the Kingdom become an economic superpower.
“Pakistan should become Saudi Arabia’s economic partner to boost its industry and create more job opportunities for the youth. This is besides getting the Kingdom’s support at international forums to highlight different issues, such as the Kashmir conflict,” the doctor suggested.
“The Saudis are generous and loyal friends,” he added. “They have profound love for Pakistan and Pakistanis.”


PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

Updated 23 October 2019

PML-N’s Maryam Sharif admitted to Services Hospital

  • Maryam went to the medical facility to see her father whose platelet count dropped to a drastically low level
  • The party’s information secretary in Punjab claims Maryam undergoing medical checkup herself

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Maryam Sharif, was admitted to the Services Hospital after she met her ailing father at the same medical facility on Wednesday, confirmed Uzma Bokhari, PML-N’s information secretary in Punjab, while talking to Arab News.
“Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s condition is not well and she is undergoing a medical checkup,” Bokhari said. “She will stay at the hospital tonight.”
Maryam had gone to the medical facility to see her father who was shifted there on Monday on the request of his physician, Dr. Adnan Khan, after his platelet count dropped to an alarmingly low level.
Soon after he was shifted to the medical facility, Nawaz Sharif’s blood test was done to see if he was suffering from dengue, but the report was clear.
While his condition was said to have improved after transfusion of platelets, doctors could not diagnose the reason behind the problem.
His daughter, Maryam, was allowed to see her father at the hospital on Wednesday after her party sought special permission for that purpose from the Punjab Home Department.
While the local media initially claimed she was allowed to stay with Sharif for an hour, there was much speculation about the health of the country’s former prime minister after it turned out that she was going to stay at the medical facility for the night.
Reports also indicate that the hospital authorities have summoned specialists from Karachi and Islamabad to examine Nawaz Sharif and diagnose his medical condition.