Saudi National Day celebrated in Karachi

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Consul General of Saudi Arabia Bandar Fahad A. Al Dayel, Corps Commander Karachi Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz and other dignitaries cut a cake to celebrate the Saudi National Day in Karachi on Sept .23, 2019. (AN photo)
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Children of Saudi citizens working in Karachi also attended the National Day celebrations on Sept. 23, 2019. (AN Photo)
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A stall with different souvenirs was set up at a local hotel in Karachi where high-profile dignitaries arrived to celebrate the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23, 2019. (AN Photo)
Updated 23 September 2019

Saudi National Day celebrated in Karachi

  • Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah was the guest of honor
  • A large number of people from different walks of life attended the ceremony

KARACHI: A large number of high-profile individuals, including senior civil and military officials, diplomats, businessmen and people belonging to other walks of life, gather at a local hotel in this seaside metropolis on Monday to celebrate the Saudi National Day.
The event began with the recitation of holy Qur’an, followed by the national songs of the Kingdom and Pakistan.




People participating in the Saudi National Day celebrations are writing down their expressions on a board in Karachi on Sept. 23, 2019. (AN photo)

Chief Minister of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province Syed Murad Ali Shah attended the ceremony as the guest of honor.
He was also joined by Consul General of Saudi Arabia Bandar Fahad A. Al Dayel, Corps Commander Karachi Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz and other dignitaries while cutting the cake.
Speaking to Arab News on the occasion, the chief minister said Pakistan had special relations with Saudi Arabia.
“Saudi Arabia is a brotherly country that has stood by Pakistan in difficult times. Similarly, Pakistan has never hesitated to stand with Saudi Arabia,” Shah said, adding that it felt like he was celebrating the national day of its own country.
“We have shared values and opinions on many issues,” he continued while thanking the Kingdom for carrying out social welfare activities in Sindh.
The Saudi National Day, locally called Youm Al-Watani, is celebrated on September 23 to commemorate the moment King Abdulaziz bin Saud announced the Kingdom’s unification.


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.