Pakistan’s ambassador calls on Saudi education minister

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz held a meeting with the Saudi Minister for Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Shaikh in Riyadh on January 24, 2020. (Photo Courtesy: Pakistan Embassy, Riyadh)
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Updated 24 January 2020

Pakistan’s ambassador calls on Saudi education minister

  • The envoy highlighted the steps to improve education standards of Pakistan International Schools
  • He also discussed the challenges and difficulties faced by these education institutions in the Kingdom

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Raja Ali Ejaz called on the Kingdom’s Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al Shaikh on Thursday to discuss issues related to the Pakistan International Schools among other matters of mutual interest.
According to a handout circulated by the embassy of Pakistan in Riyadh, the envoy briefed the minister about steps taken by the relevant authorities in his country to improve the education standards and infrastructure of these education institutions. He also noted that the knowledge requirements of Pakistani expatriates had grown over the years due to the large number of Pakistani nationals residing in the Kingdom.
The ten Pakistan International Schools in the Kingdom are striving to provide better educational facilities to the children of overseas Pakistanis, said the handout. In the same context, the ambassador discussed some challenges and difficulties being faced by these education facilities as they try to meet the knowledge requirements of one of the largest expatriate communities in the Kingdom.
“The Minister appreciated the role played by Pakistani International Schools in providing quality education and offered his fullest support for further improving and strengthening educational and infrastructure requirements of the schools,” the handout added.
It continued that the ambassador expressed his gratitude to King Salman bin Abdulaziz and the Saudi minister of education for supporting the efforts for the betterment of the Pakistan International Schools in the Kingdom.


Pakistan 'facilitated' Afghan peace deal, says army spokesman

Updated 21 min 48 sec ago

Pakistan 'facilitated' Afghan peace deal, says army spokesman

  • Babar Iftikhar rejects rumors that US-Taliban peace deal may be delayed
  • Underlines the army’s success in eliminating militancy

ISLAMABAD: Two days before the signing of a US-Taliban deal, Pakistan said on Thursday it had done its best to facilitate the Afghan peace process.
“There will be positive results from this deal. Nobody wants peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan. We are hoping for the best,” military spokesman Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar told reporters at the Pakistan Army headquarters in Rawalpindi.
The US and Afghan Taliban are due to sign the peace agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday. 
The army spokesman added that Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan is “cordial” as there are no reasons for it to turn sour.
As Thursday’s conference was Iftikhar’s first since he took office in January, he underlined the army’s success in eliminating militancy and restoring normality in Pakistan. As evidence of the success, he cited increasing tourism activity and the return of international cricket to the country. 
The ongoing Pakistan Super League is held on home soil for the first time, as security concerns had caused most games in previous years to be played abroad.
The army spokesman also said Pakistan does not seek open conflict with India, but is fully prepared to respond to any misadventure.
“There is no space for war between two nuclear powers, as this will have uncontrollable and unintended consequences. Things will spiral out of control,” he said, adding that the military is “prepared for all scenarios” and will “effectively respond” if there is any challenge to Pakistan’s security and integrity.
The statement comes exactly a year after two Indian fighter jets were downed for violating Pakistan’s airspace in an operation dubbed “Swift Retort” on Feb. 27, 2019.