King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate Imran Khan on electoral victory

King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Updated 13 August 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince congratulate Imran Khan on electoral victory

  • The Saudi ambassador in Islamabad was the first envoy to call on Imran Khan after last month’s general elections
  • Khan will take oath as the next prime minister of the country on Aug. 18

ISLAMABAD: Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have congratulated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on his party’s recent electoral victory, according to a report filed by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
Khan’s political party outperformed its rivals in the July 25 general elections. After the Election Commission of Pakistan distributed the reserved seats for women and minorities among parties on the basis of their respective electoral performances on Saturday, the PTI got 158 seats and were only 14 seats short of a simple majority in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Khan, however, is widely believed to become the next prime minister of the country and hopes to take the oath to the highest political office in Pakistan on Aug. 18.
The Saudi ambassador in Islamabad was the first envoy to call on Imran Khan after last month’s general elections.


Three explosions target Shiite shrine in Kabul: Afghan official

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Three explosions target Shiite shrine in Kabul: Afghan official

KABUL, Afghanistan: An Afghan official says three explosions have struck near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.
The multiple explosions killed six people and wounded 23, a spokesman for the health ministry said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi says Shiite worshippers came to the Karti Sakhi shrine in the Afghan capital when the blasts took place on Thursday morning in the Shiite neighborhood. The tradition at the shrine is to hoist green flags and honor the dead at the cemetery by placing food at the gravesides.
It is unclear what caused the explosions and no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Daesh affiliate in Afghanistan has in the past targeted the country’s Shiites. The Sunni militant group considers Shiite Muslims heretics.