Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince after $20bn deals

Also on Sunday, Khan and the Crown Prince held a one-on-one meeting which was followed by the inaugural session of the Saudi-Pakistan Supreme Coordination Council, Dawn news said.

A delegation led by Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani called on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Islamabad on Monday.

The crown prince has denied any connection to the killing.

He also offered the Crown Prince a special thanks for an earlier announcement confirming the release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia with immediate effect. It has been said that Saudi Arabia at times helps Pakistan financially, while Pakistan helps secure the kingdom's security by being able to assist it with Pakistani military might. Furthermore, Salman is scheduled to visit India next. In the last 15 years, Saudi Arabia may not have understood Pakistan's problems properly, says Zaidi.

Nevertheless, social media strongly reacted to the Pakistani Prime Minister's move to personally drive the vehicle to welcome the Crown Prince of Saudi.

The prime minister in a light vein further said if the Crown Prince contested elections in Pakistan, he would get more votes than him (prime minister) as he was more popular in Pakistan. The adverse response of users was triggered as the government in media hype had lately announced that they are converting the PM House into the Islamabad National University to promote higher education.

Ali Awadh Asseri, a former Saudi ambassador to Islamabad, said after the crown prince's visit that greater interaction between business and the private sectors in both countries will take the historical bond "to a new level".

Pakistan is in the grip of a major debt crisis and is seeking a $12 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund but has yet to sign the deal which comes with tough conditions.

The crown prince, widely known as "MBS", is staging the high-profile three-country visit five months after he came under intense pressure following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Farman Ali Khan became a hero in both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia after he saved 14 lives in Jeddah's devastating floods in November 2009.

Pakistani police commandos and paramilitary soldiers stand guard at a highway to ensure security ahead of Saudi Arabia's crown prince visit to Pakistan, in Islamabad on Sunday.

"We believe in Pakistan's future, we believe Pakistan has a huge opportunity", Prince Mohammed said on Monday.

On Saturday, Pakistani leader Khan told the Saudi Gazette newspaper that his country would defend Saudi Arabia in the event of attack.

Prime Minister Khan presented his cabinet members to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

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