Saudi Crown Prince Arrives in Pakistan for Official Visit

Labourers ride past welcoming posters featuring the portrait of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a street in Islamabad on February. — AFP

Labourers ride past welcoming posters featuring the portrait of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a street in Islamabad on February. — AFP

The two-day visit to Pakistan which began Sunday is the first by bin Salman, commonly known by his initials MBS, since he became crown prince.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Saudi Arabia will invest 20 billion dollars in various sectors of Pakistan. Investors appeared skeptical: The benchmark KSE-100 Index fell on Monday to the lowest in about three weeks.

The crown prince is expected to conclude his Asia tour with a China visit on Friday.

Highlighting the growing economic relations, the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister witnessed the signing of a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding.

Reports in America late previous year claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency had evidence the crown prince ordered the assassination of Saudi Arabian dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Crown prince Mohammed will later travel to neighbouring India amid heightened tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi over this week's suicide vehicle bombing in India-administered Kashmir that killed more than 40 paramilitary troops.

Prime Minister Khan presented his cabinet members to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. At the request of King Fahd in 1982, General Zia ul-Haq, then Pakistan's president, sent an armoured brigade to the kingdom.

"Not travelling to the West does not mean that he can not come to the East. Saudi Arabia is also making strategic adjustments, and Asia is the new main direction of Saudi diplomacy", he said.

The Final 'Star Wars' Movie About The Skywalker Family Just Wrapped
One of the reasons for this is that Carrie Fisher , who played Princess Leia, sadly died in real life before filming. Mostly, though, Episode IX will benefit from the full force of the Star Wars franchise, now in its fourth decade.

"India-Saudi ties have evolved and Riyadh, unlike in the past, no longer accepts Pakistan's narrative on terrorism or even the J&K dispute", said a source here on condition of anonymity. With plans on to seek help from International Monetary fund, Prime Minister Imran Khan has been seeking help from friendly nations so as to minimize the bailout package required from IMF.

The Saudi "investment and infrastructure projects should provide a welcome supply-side boost" to the economy, said Bilal Khan, a senior economist at Standard Chartered Plc in Dubai.

The club also signed a memorandum of understanding with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia past year to help develop football industry in the country.

The club did not comment on the reports about takeover interest from Saudi Arabia ahead of the minister's denial.

Now Prince Mohammed is visiting Islamabad and New Delhi at a time of renewed tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

The visit comes days after a suicide bomber killed 44 Indian paramilitary police in the disputed Kashmir region.

India has pointed the finger at Pakistan, which denies involvement.

Recommended News

  • How Healthcare Providers Can Reduce Insurance Claim Denials

    And, it’s important to account for the time and effort spent by administrative staff handling these denied claims. They also have the potential to adversely affect patients’ opinions about the organization.
    KL Rahul returns for Australia series; Karthik dropped

    KL Rahul returns for Australia series; Karthik dropped

    In the spin department, Kuldeep Yadav has been rested for the T20I series while Yuzvendra Chahal will feature in both the formats. Karthik was criticised for his on-field decision-making during the lost final T20 worldwide against New Zealand in Hamilton.
    Polish PM cancels trip to Israel after Netanyahu's Holocaust remarks

    Polish PM cancels trip to Israel after Netanyahu's Holocaust remarks

    After Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek said that they wished the issue "to be clarified unequivocally". Many Holocaust survivors and their relatives carry painful memories of persecution at Polish hands.
  • MBS visit will enhance Pak-Saudi bilateral relations: Asad Umar

    MBS visit will enhance Pak-Saudi bilateral relations: Asad Umar

    The country supplies 20% of India's crude oil and the Indian diaspora in Saudi Arabia is 20 million-strong. Riyadh initially denied the murder, but now claims the journalist was killed in an unauthorized operation.
    Halep and Mertens to meet in final of WTA Qatar Open

    Halep and Mertens to meet in final of WTA Qatar Open

    She said it outshone her achievement in getting to the Australian Open semi-finals in 2018. "I am very happy". I didn't know much about her or her style. "I think it really helps when you play Fed Cup", added Mertens.

    Charlize Theron squashes Brad Pitt 'dating rumours' with confession

    Charlize then hires Rogen to punch up her speeches as she prepares for her run at the Presidency, and sparks begin to fly. A fish out of water on Charlotte's elite team, Fred is unprepared for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight.
  • Is No Credit Better Than Having Bad Credit?

    In fact, that’s the best possible use of credit — engaging it to do something that can help you make money. No Credit The good news about having no credit history is there’s nothing negative about you out there.
    Jackie Kennedy's younger sister and socialite Lee Radziwill dies

    Jackie Kennedy's younger sister and socialite Lee Radziwill dies

    Lee Radziwill passed away peacefully from natural causes at her Manhattan home on Friday, her family said via a statement . Soon afterwards, she married Prince Stanislaw Radziwill with whom she would have two children, Anthony and Christina.
    UFC Fight Night on ESPN Results

    UFC Fight Night on ESPN Results

    Cain Velasquez returned to action for the first time since defeating Travis Browne via first round TKO at UFC 200 in July of 2016. Francis Ngannou (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is back, if his quick win over Cain Velasquez (14-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) is any indication.
  • Aurora Gunman Obtained Firearm Permit Despite Felony Conviction

    Aurora Gunman Obtained Firearm Permit Despite Felony Conviction

    Police in Aurora, Illinois, have responded to an active shooter situation at a manufacturing business, a police source told CNN . Five people were tragically murdered when a man opened fire inside a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora , Illinois , on Friday.
    Miranda Lambert Is Married, Says She Found the Love of Her Life

    Miranda Lambert Is Married, Says She Found the Love of Her Life

    Mcloughlin, now a cop, shared a shirtless photo and wrote on his model page at the time, "I am 19 years old and live in NY ". She was then linked to another singer, Anderson East , but they announced their split in April of 2018.
    Anthony Weiner released from prison to federal re-entry program

    Anthony Weiner released from prison to federal re-entry program

    He was sentenced in November 2017 to 21 months in prison over the sexting scandal but was released early due to good behavior. Weiner was also sentenced to serve three years probation upon his release, and was required to register as a sex offender.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.