DiplomaticQuarter: Pakistan establishes permanent mission to OIC

OIC chief Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen with Ambassador Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, Pakistan’s newly appointed permanent representative to the OIC. (Supplied)
Updated 05 December 2019

DiplomaticQuarter: Pakistan establishes permanent mission to OIC

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s newly appointed permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassador Rizwan Saeed Sheikh presented his credentials to OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen at the organization’s headquarters in Jeddah.

A presentation of credentials by Sheikh marked the establishment of Pakistan’s dedicated permanent mission. Previously, Islamabad’s representation to the OIC was established in Riyadh.

The establishment of the new mission, coinciding with the golden jubilee of the OIC, is based on a system-wide approach reflecting Pakistan’s intent to deepen and strengthen its engagement with the OIC.

As a founding member, Pakistan attaches great importance to the OIC, which is the second-largest intergovernmental organization after the UN. 

The OIC has maintained a record of consistent support to the Kashmir cause. 

Pakistan also remains one of the largest beneficiaries of financial assistance afforded by the Islamic Development Bank group, which is a specialized organ of the organization. 


Car crashes into door at Makkah Grand Mosque door; police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

Updated 31 October 2020

Car crashes into door at Makkah Grand Mosque door; police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Saudi security authorities arrested a man who crashed his car into one of the doors of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Friday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) announced early Saturday.

The car was running at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, the SPA said, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m.

 

"Thanks to God, no one was hurt," said the report.

It said investigators have found that the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen "in an abnormal condition." 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.