Horse statues demolished in Jazan

Updated 13 June 2013
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Horse statues demolished in Jazan

RIYADH: Officials in the southern province of Jazan have demolished horse sculptures on a roundabout after Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh denounced them as "sinful" and against the tenets of Islam, local online news websites said.
Ali Mousa Zaala, spokesman of the Jazan governorate, confirmed that the structure was removed on the instructions of the grand mufti.
The statue was located in the town of Abu Arish, said the Arabic news site jazantoday.org.
Another news website, sabq.org, said the grand mufti earlier wrote the governor of Jazan demanding that “the sculptures be removed because they are a great sin and are prohibited under sharia (Islamic law).”
Statues of people and animals are prohibited under Islam as they represent a form of idolatry. However, the religion does allow artworks depicting plants and landscapes.


Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets Pakistan’s army commander

Updated 18 February 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince meets Pakistan’s army commander

  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistan’s army commander, Lieutenant General Amar Javed Bajwa
  • During the meeting, they discussed the ongoing defense cooperation between the two countries

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistan’s army commander, Lieutenant General Amar Javed Bajwa, in Islamabad on Monday, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

During the meeting, they discussed the ongoing defense cooperation between the two countries, and the opportunities to strengthen it, in addition to discussing developments in the region.

The meeting took place during the Saudi crown prince’s Asia tour.