President Alvi lauds Saudi economic engagement in Pakistan

President Arif Alvi meeting Saudi Shoura Council chairman Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh on Dec 6, 2019 in Islamabad. (Photo Courtesy: Saudi Embassy in Pakistan)
Updated 07 December 2019

President Alvi lauds Saudi economic engagement in Pakistan

  • Shoura Council chief promises greater parliamentary cooperation
  • President Alvi appreciated Saudi investment in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Shoura Council chairman Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh met with President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Friday to discuss bilateral ties.
President Alvi lauded economic and investment cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, including negotiations over Saudi investment in the oil refinery and mineral resources sectors, his office said in a statement.
“He commended the expected flow of $20 billion Saudi investments, following the signing of agreements in the fields of refinery, mining and renewable energy,” the statement reads.
With regard to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan earlier this year, the president said it “had left a deep imprint on the hearts and minds of Pakistani people.”
He also said that Pakistan took pride in its 2.3-million law-abiding diaspora in Saudi Arabia that had contributed to the socio-economic development of the Kingdom.
Al-Sheikh informed the president that “efforts are being made to further enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries,” and reiterated Saudi Arabia’s support for Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir amid Indian lockdown, the statement said.
The Saudi delegation arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday for a three-day working visit, and has already met with National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani and Pakistani parliamentarians.


Islamabad court orders government to allow India to appoint lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav

Updated 03 August 2020

Islamabad court orders government to allow India to appoint lawyer for Kulbhushan Jadhav

  • The former naval commander was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan and convicted of espionage
  • India took the matter to the International Court of Justice which ordered a stay on Jadhav’s execution in 2019

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad high court on Monday ordered the Pakistan government to give India a ‘chance’ to appoint a representative for Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian man condemned to death on charges of spying, Pakistani media reported.
Former Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan and convicted of espionage and sabotage by a Pakistani military court a year later.
India took the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ordered a stay on Jadhav’s execution in 2019, as well as consular access for India. Pakistan was also ordered to conduct an “effective review” of the death penalty.
Indian officials say they have been prevented from obtaining Jadhav’s written consent to arrange legal representation, necessary for a review of his case. Earlier this month, Pakistan invited India to file a review against the death sentence in light of the ICJ judgment.
A two-member bench comprising IHC chief justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard a petition filed by the Pakistan government to appoint a lawyer for Jadhav on Monday.
Responding to the judge’s remarks, Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan said an ordinance had been passed by parliament recently to give an opportunity to India and Jadhav to file a review petition against the sentence.
“We will contact India again through the Foreign Office,” he said.
Under the ‘International Court of Justice Review and Reconsideration Ordinance 2020’, which was enacted on May 20, a petition for the review of a military court’s decision can be filed with the Islamabad high court through an application within 60 days of its promulgation.
The Pakistan government has said Jadhav refuses to file a review petition or an application to reconsider the military court’s verdict.
Indian external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said last week Pakistan had blocked all avenues for effective remedy available to India in the Jadhav case, saying New Delhi has so far requested consular access to Jadhav for 12 times over the past one year.