Pakistan condemns Houthi missile attack on Jeddah petroleum facility 

Pakistan on Tuesday condemned a missile attack by Houthi militants on a petroleum products distribution plant in the north of Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia. (File Photo: Reuters)
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Updated 24 November 2020

Pakistan condemns Houthi missile attack on Jeddah petroleum facility 

  • The plant distributes more than 120,000 barrels of products per day
  • Fire caused in the incident was extinguished in around 40 minutes with no casualties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday condemned a missile attack by Houthi militants on a petroleum products distribution plant in the north of Jeddah city in Saudi Arabia.
The site is considered a “critical facility” which distributes more than 120,000 barrels of products per day. A fire caused in the incident was extinguished in around 40 minutes with no casualties, Saudi authorities said.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the missile attack by Houthi militants at petroleum distribution terminal in Jeddah causing a fire in a fuel tank which was successfully extinguished without any causalities,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. “Pakistan calls for immediate cessation of such attacks that violate the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the brotherly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and threaten the lives of innocent civilians.” 
Islamabad also reaffirmed its “full support and solidarity” with Saudi Arabia against any threats to its security and territorial integrity.
An official from the Saudi Aramco oil company said customers were unaffected by the attack.
“The terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia has been positively identified as the culprits of this cowardly terrorist assault,” said Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesperson for the Arab Coalition Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.
Over the last six years, Houthi forces have carried out many missile and drone strikes on civilian airports and oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, including on the capital Riyadh. Cross-border attacks by Houthi forces have escalated since late May when a truce prompted by the novel coronavirus pandemic expired.


Pakistani Twitter rejoices as archrival India beats Australia in cricket win for the ages

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Pakistani Twitter rejoices as archrival India beats Australia in cricket win for the ages

  • Pakistan and India are political foes and have one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world
  • Tuesday’s win by India was unequivocally cheered by Pakistani cricket fans who called it “one of the greatest test match wins of all time”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani social media users rejoiced on Tuesday as India bagged an incredible three-wicket win in the fourth test decider against Australia.

India’s Rishabh Pant timed his innings to perfection, ramping up the aggression in a stellar 89 as India stormed to a record 328-run chase at the Gabba and became the first team to beat the hosts at the Brisbane stronghold since the West Indies in 1988.

Pakistan and India are political archrivals and fierce opponents in the cricket field. But Tuesday’s win was unequivocally cheered by Pakistani cricket fans on Twitter, who called it one of “the greatest test series and test match wins of all time.”

“From 36 all out in the same series to winning it on Australia soil. Wow,” former cricketer and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar wrote.

“Investing in your players, giving them financial security, protecting them, giving them exposure, having A team tours is eventually bound to pay off. Well done India,” said cricket manager Rehan ulHaq.

“India basically pulled off one of the greatest test series and test match wins of all time,” said Uzair Younus, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “To win Down Under [Australia] is an achievement on its own. But to do it when several first-team players are out injured is a whole new level of achievement. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.”

“Given results, their injuries, and lack thereof of the home side, this Indian team is probably the greatest from South Asia to tour Australia,” said Umair Javed, an assistant professor at LUMS, Pakistan’s most prestigious private university.

“Cricket is the winner (and Australia the loser),” Javed said in another tweet.

“What a fight back by Indian cricket team in the series, they’ve played quality cricket. From 36-all out in first test to 2-1 up. Commendable. Love and respect from Pakistan,” Twitter user Taliha said, posting one of thousands of tweets praising the Indian team’s performance.

“Tremendous cricket by Indians,” Haider Rasool wrote. “Love from Pakistan.”

One Indian Twitter user posted: “Thank you Pakistan. Today’s win is ever more special because of support from neighbor.”

Strained relations between the two nations, who were one country before the partition of British India split them into India and Pakistan in 1947, and a decades-long dispute over the Himalayan valley of Kashmir conflict, has laid the foundations of one of the most intense sports rivalries in the world.

Pakistan and Indian have not played a bilateral Test series since 2008 when already brittle ties were shattered by the Mumbai terror attacks.