Pakistan praises Saudi Arabia for holding successful G20 summit

Media watches Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz's virtual speech live at the media centre during an opening session of the 15th annual G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh on Nov. 21, 2020. (REUTERS)
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Updated 27 November 2020

Pakistan praises Saudi Arabia for holding successful G20 summit

  • Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets his Saudi counterpart on the sidelines of the OIC foreign ministers’ conference
  • The two officials agree to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, economy and commerce

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi congratulated Saudi Arabia on Friday for holding a successful G20 summit earlier this month while interacting with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, on the sidelines of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Niger.
They discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Qureshi said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed historic and brotherly relations. He also praised the kingdom’s principled stance on Kashmir and expressed his gratitude for its unstinting support to Pakistan over the issue.
The Pakistani foreign minister also discussed the current situation in Indian-administered Kashmir and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s role in the Muslim world.
According to an official statement released by Pakistan’s foreign office, Prince Faisal bin Farhan praised Pakistan’s role in regional security.
The two officials also agreed to increase bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, economy and commerce.
It was decided that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would exchange official delegations for greater collaboration in the coming days.


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.