Saudi-Pakistan parliamentary friendship group meets in Riyadh

Shura Council Parliamentary Friendship Committee meets Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Oct. 5, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 05 October 2019

Saudi-Pakistan parliamentary friendship group meets in Riyadh

  • Friendship committee was established to initiate one-on-one relations and collaborations between parliamentary members
  • The group met earlier this year in Islamabad with a high powered parliamentary delegation from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Members of the Saudi-Pakistani Parliamentary Friendship Committee of the Shoura Council met in Riyadh on Thursday to review matters of mutual interest and parliamentary relations between both the countries, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday.
The meeting was headed by the chairman of the committee, Dr. Abdullah bin Hamoud Al-Harbi, while Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ejaz, was also in attendance.
The parliamentary friendship group first met in 2016, as a means to further the strong ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and to initiate one-on-one relations between members of parliament from both countries, while increasing bilateral collaborations between them. The group also met earlier this year in Islamabad, with a high powered parliamentary delegation from Pakistan and Saudi envoy to Islamabad, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, in attendance.
During Thursday’s meeting, members of the committee reviewed a number of issues of mutual interest and parliamentary relations between the Shoura Council and the National Assembly of Pakistan. SPA reported.
After becoming Prime Minister in August last year, Imran Khan chose Saudi Arabia as the destination for his first official foreign trip. He visited the Kingdom again in October 2018 to take part in a prestigious business conference in Riyadh, during which the Kingdom agreed on a $6 billion aid plan for Pakistan, including $3 billion as balance of payment support, and a one-year deferred-payment facility for up to $3 billion for oil imports.
Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman also made his first official visit to Pakistan in February this year amid great fanfare, and signed investment agreements worth $20 billion.


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.