Pakistani leadership congratulates UAE President on re-election

Pakistan's Prime Minister Secretariat, Islamabad. (APP)
Updated 08 November 2019

Pakistani leadership congratulates UAE President on re-election

  • President Alvi, PM Khan lauded Sheikh Khalifa's contribution for UAE’s progress and prosperity
  • Vowed to further enhance ties between Pakistan and the UAE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President, Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have congratulated Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on his re-election as the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Khalifa was re-elected for a fourth term in the office by the Supreme Council of the Union.
“The President and the Prime Minister have lauded the visionary leadership of Sheikh Khalifa and his invaluable contribution to UAE’s progress and prosperity,” Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement Thursday night.
They have also expressed the resolve to “further fortify the fraternal ties between Pakistan and the UAE and to take this vital partnership to a new level,” the foreign office said.
Sheikh Khalifa was first elected as the president of the UAE on November 3, 2004.
“The Supreme Council of the Union expressed its deep confidence in the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, and wished him good luck to continue the journey of development and prosperity thanks to his far-sighted wisdom and approach that enhances the pillars of the renaissance of the dear homeland and its achievements, and fulfills the aspirations of its generous people,” a statement posted on the UAE government’s website read.
Pakistan and the UAE enjoy close bilateral ties. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s armed forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, visited Pakistan earlier this year to boost bilateral cooperation.
According to official figures, more than 1.6 million Pakistani expatriates live and work in the UAE remitting more than $4.5 billion to the country every year.


Pakistani victims in fatal Madinah bus crash identified, says foreign office

Updated 8 min 19 sec ago

Pakistani victims in fatal Madinah bus crash identified, says foreign office

  • Bodies of 10 Pakistani nationals recognized through DNA samples gathered by Saudi authorities
  • Charred remains of the deceased Pakistani pilgrims buried in the Kingdom

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Thursday that the DNA verification process for all of the country’s pilgrims killed in last month’s fatal road crash while they were traveling from Riyadh to Makkah was done and their bodies had been buried in Saudi Arabia.
“Ten Pakistanis have been identified” after a rigorous process of trying to ascertain identities through “DNA matching,” the foreign office spokesman, Dr. Muhammed Faisal, told Arab News.
Explaining the hardships involved in the process, he said: “The bus driver who had a list also died and the passengers’ record was burnt.”
Investigators “traced a copy of the passengers’ list” from the relevant bus company which helped collect the data on the number of passengers, including all Pakistanis onboard, “but they were still unable to identify the corpses and required families of the deceased to help identify the victims.”
The foreign office has not revealed the identities of the Pakistanis until now, though it says “details will soon be released.”
It may be recalled that the bus caught fire after the accident and the charred bodies of passengers were found to be beyond recognition.
A team of Pakistani officials with the help of Saudi authorities worked tirelessly to identify all the victims, collecting DNA samples of the deceased pilgrims to ascertain their exact identifies.
“None of the bodies of the Pakistani victims were brought back to the country. It’s likely that all of them were buried there [in Saudi Arabia],” the spokesman said.