Pakistan-Saudi ties are unique and deep-rooted

Pakistan has one of the biggest number of pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia every year. (SPA)
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Updated 14 August 2020

Pakistan-Saudi ties are unique and deep-rooted

On the auspicious occasion of the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan, I would like to extend my heartiest felicitations to the Pakistani fraternity living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Consul General Khalid Majid 

This day commemorates the culmination of the valiant struggle by the Muslims of the subcontinent, under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, to establish a separate homeland where Muslims and other communities could live their lives in peace, freedom and dignity.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share strong common political, economic and strategic objectives, with Islam as the bedrock of their brotherly ties. The relationship between the countries is unique and deep-rooted in history.

The presence of about 2.5 million vibrant Pakistanis in the Kingdom is a great source of strength for the Pakistani-Saudi friendship. They provide a strong link between the two brotherly countries, and are serving both with loyalty, commitment and dedication.

Pakistan has an emotional relationship with Saudi Arabia and its esteemed leadership, who have always reciprocated by heartily facilitating and supporting us through thick and thin.

I express my deepest gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for successfully responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Kingdom. The provision of free medical care to all residents, the successful implementation of precautionary measures, the provision of a friendly regime for laborers and other workers, and the implementation of other socioeconomic welfare measures are excellent initiatives that have set an example for the rest of the world.

It is commendable that the COVID-19 situation in the Kingdom is very much under control because of these efforts, and that a very well-organized Hajj was possible in this challenging year.

Working in Jeddah, the gateway to the holy land, is a unique and indescribable experience. I consider myself and my team especially blessed and privileged to have the honor of serving the Pakistani community and pilgrims visiting Harmain Shareefain (Makkah and Madinah). The Consulate General of Pakistan in Jeddah always strives to reinforce our community by providing it with the best possible consular and welfare services.

Let me reiterate that the consulate shall remain committed to serving the interests of the Pakistani community, and to maintaining and further promoting the friendly relations between Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Long live Pakistan. Long live the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia friendship.


•  Khalid Majid is the consul general of Pakistan in Jeddah

Afghan study offer draws Pakistani students

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Afghan study offer draws Pakistani students

  • Medicine gets top marks among 150 scholarship hopefuls

PESHAWAR: About 150 students from northwestern Pakistan traveled to Afghanistan this month to take part in tests that could win them Afghan government scholarships for higher education, particularly in medicine.  

The Afghan government pays for 104 scholarships for Pakistanis every year, the Afghan consulate in Peshawar said. 

“Medical education is expensive in Pakistan, so we decided to pursue education in Afghanistan,“ Sana Gul told Arab News.

Gul was among 150 young Pakistanis who left for Kabul last Saturday to attend the scholarship tests.

The group included 11 female students who want to study medicine. 

Gul said that the Pakistanis are hoping that security will improve in Afghanistan, and that peace talks between the Taliban and the Kabul government in Qatar will end with a power-sharing deal.

“We believe the peace process will end with good news, so we are traveling to Kabul,” said Gul, who is accompanied by her sister, Spogami. Both have passed 12th-grade exams.

Their father, Farman Khan, a teacher in the Mardan district, said that his daughters made the decision to go to Afghanistan. 

“We allowed them to decide for themselves and we will stand by them,” he said, adding that he believes the region is now safe “for those who seek education.” 

Arshad Mehsud from South Waziristan also traveled to Afghanistan for the scholarship test in the hope of studying medicine.

“There is no doctor in my village,” he said. “So after completing this degree, I will come back to serve the people of Waziristan.”