Kingdom loses 'one of its pillars'


Published — Sunday 17 June 2012

Last update 17 June 2012 8:11 pm

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A number of senior officers of various security forces have offered their condolences to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and all members of the royal family and Saudi people on the death of Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior.
Director General of Public Security Lt.Gen. Saeed Al-Qahtani said he was shocked to receive the news of the death of the crown prince yesterday. “The crown prince was well-known for his kindness and pleasing nature. He was also a guide and inspiration to all the staff of the security forces,” Al-Qahtani told Arab News.
Director General of Civil Defense Lt. Gen. Saad Al-Tuwaijri said the crown prince was known for his humaneness. However, he was a relentless fighter against terrorism. “The crown prince wanted to lead an ideological warfare against extremists. Many a times he said that the door of repentance is always open to all misguided persons and members of Al-Qaeda,” he said.
Abdul Ilah Al-Shareef, assistant director general for preventive affairs at the Anti Narcotic Department, expressed his deep sorrow at the crown prince’s death. “We have been deprived of a loving and compassionate father. Even if he is dead, his name and kind deeds will never disappear from our hearts,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Zamim Al-Sawat, director general of the Border Guards, said the Kingdom lost one of its pillars that supported its awakening and development in various fields. He served his religion and his country until the last moment of his life, Al-Sawat said.
Director General of Prisons Maj.Gen Ali Al-Harithy said death of the Crown Prince is a great loss to the Kingdom.
“Words cannot express the pain and sadness caused by the death of the crown prince. He was known for his humanity first before anything else. We are unable to do anything in the event of his death except to offer our heartfelt condolences to the king and the members of the royal family and the Saudi people,” Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in his condolence message.


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