Saudi crown prince, Pakistan army chief discuss bilateral ties 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Pakistan Army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa in Riyadh on Monday. (Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud via Twitter)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Saudi crown prince, Pakistan army chief discuss bilateral ties 



ISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, in Riyadh on Monday.

It was Bajwa’s third official visit to Saudi Arabia since he assumed command of Pakistan’s army in November 2016.

The crown prince and the army chief reviewed bilateral relations, with particular focus on military relations, Pakistan’s state radio reported.
Bajwa also reviewed the scope of the two country’s relationship with Commander of Ground Forces Lt. Gen. Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdul Aziz.

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) declined to comment further on the meeting.

In an earlier interview with Arab News, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Maliki, stressed the close ties between the two countries.

“Nobody can doubt the brotherly relations of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The depth of this relation cannot be gauged. Relations between the two countries are stronger than ever but the bond of religion is the most important relation we have above all, which is essential for every Muslim in the world.”

The importance Pakistan places on its relationship with the Kingdom was illustrated in August, when newly elected Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chose Saudi for his first official visit in office.

Before arriving in Saudi, Gen. Bajwa met with UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum in the Emirates on Saturday. 

Bajwa stressed Pakistan’s gratitude to the UAE for the humanitarian assistance the Emirates has extended to Pakistanis residing in the UAE. He also expressed his admiration for the UAE’s development projects in Pakistan, initiated by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.


Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

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Photos of Al-Khandaq mosque during Ramadan highlight historic importance of Madinah

MADINAH: The holy city of Madinah in Saudi Arabia continues its centuries’ old tradition of receiving visitors and pilgrims who enjoy visiting its famous mosques and landmarks dating back to the time of the Prophet Muhammad.

Al-Khandaq Mosque or the Mosque of the “Trench,” which is also referred to as the “Mosque of the Conquest,” is one of the historical sites that visitors to Madinah have high on their list of “must-sees.” It is connected to the Battle of the Trench, which took place during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The mosque is located in the trench northwest of Madinah where the events of the Battle of the Trench took place.

A few years ago Saudi Arabian authorities expanded the mosque. It is built in a modern architectural style that highlights the aesthetic value of the area and the value of the trench, which is situated at the foot of Jabal Sal’a mountain.

Madinah’s battle of the trenches marked the consolidation of the Prophet’s tenure when he was faced with an attack on Madinah made by an alliance of Jewish and non-Muslim Arab tribes to unseat him.

The digging of the trench around the city saved the day and denied the effective use of cavalry in storming the city by 10,000 attackers who besieged Madinah for more than 30 days.

The Saudi Press Agency recently captured the daily influx of visitors to Madinah during the holy month of Ramadan.

Photos show activity in Al-Khandaq Mosque and seven other mosques in its vicinity. The photographs are a reportage of activities ranging from praying and sightseeing to learning about the mosque’s history, and help put them into the context of the role played by the mosque and the city in spreading the values of Islam and its religious message.