Support Khan for his honesty, says Dubai businessman who sponsored Davos trip

Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, with Dubai-based businessman Imran Chaudhry (Centre) and Hussain Sajwani, Chairman Damac Properties, at a joint dinner hosted at Davos during the World Economic Forum by Dubai based businessman Imran Chaudhry and Saudi businessman Khalid Juffali in Davos, Switzerland on January 22, 2020. (Photo credit: Imran Chaudhry)
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Updated 27 January 2020

Support Khan for his honesty, says Dubai businessman who sponsored Davos trip

  • Khan revealed on Thursday his Davos trip was sponsored by friends and businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry
  • Chaudhry has been based in Dubai for over 35 years where he works in real estate, metals trading and recycling

DUBAI: Imran Chaudhry, the Dubai-based businessman who sponsored Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) last week, said he had a long association with the premier and supported him due to his pain and struggles for Pakistan.

Addressing the ‘Breakfast at Davos’ event jointly organized by Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group on Thursday, Khan revealed that his Davos trip was sponsored by his friends and well-known businessmen Ikram Sehgal and Imran Chaudhry.




Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, at a joint dinner hosted at Davos during the World Economic Forum by Dubai based businessman Imran Chaudhry and Saudi businessman Khalid Juffali (left) in Davos, Switzerland on January 22, 2020. (Photo credit: Imran Chaudhry)

Chaudhry has been based in Dubai for over 35 years where he works in real estate, metals trading, and recycling. He also has investments in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and is a well-known philanthropist. Sehgal is a retired military officer and businessman.

In an interview with Arab News on Sunday, Chaudhry declined to share details of how much money he had contributed to Khan’s trip but said he supported the PM “because of his personal characteristics.”

“I am not a politician or into politics but I support Khan for his personality, his honesty and for the pain he has for Pakistan,” Chaudhry said. “My association with Khan is 30 years old, since the time he was a cricketer and was building his cancer hospital, Shaukat Khanum.”

On January 22, on the sidelines of the Davos meet, Chaudhry also hosted a dinner for Khan jointly with Saudi businessman Khalid Juffali in honor of the delegations from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The dinner was attended by Dr. Klaus Schwabs, CEO of WEF, and other top businessmen from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.




Copy of the joint dinner invitation card hosted at Davos during the World Economic Forum Dubia by Dubai based businessman Imran Chaudhry and Saudi businessman Khalid Juffali (left) in Davos, Switzerland on January 22, 2020. (Photo credit: Imran Chaudhry)

In a press release issued prior to Khan’s Davos visit, the government said the trip was expected to cost only $68,000.

“Saving is part of the prime minister’s ongoing robust drive in which he has also directed that the expenditures upon his upcoming WEF participation be minimized,” said the press release.


Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

Updated 10 August 2020

Pakistani army chief, Saudi ambassador discuss regional security 

  • Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy calls on General Qamar Javed Bajwa
  • The two leaders discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral defense relations 

ISLAMABAD: Nawaf Saeed Al-Malkiy, the ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, called on Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday and discussed the security situation in the region, the military’s media wing said. 
“Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation and bilateral defense relations between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies. Saudi Arabia remains the main source of Pakistan’s remittances despite global business shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The country has also loaned Pakistan billions of dollars in recent months to help stave off a balance of payments crisis, and offered oil on deferred payments.