‘Pakistan will not allow violation of Saudi sovereignty,’ says minister

Chaudhry praised the Kingdom’s management of this year’s Hajj season. (AFP)
Updated 06 September 2018
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‘Pakistan will not allow violation of Saudi sovereignty,’ says minister

  • The Kingdom is an important partner to Pakistan, and bilateral relations are strategic and will continue to strengthen and diversify: Fawad Chaudhry
  • Minister: Saudi Arabia and Pakistan reject terrorism and extremism, and support the values of moderate Islam and tolerance

JEDDAH: Islamabad will not allow anyone to infringe on Saudi security and sovereignty, or the sanctity of the Two Holy Mosques, said Pakistan’s information minister, adding that any attack on the Kingdom is an attack on Pakistan.

The Kingdom is an important partner to Pakistan, and bilateral relations are strategic and will continue to strengthen and diversify, Fawad Chaudhry told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). 

The Kingdom is respected and enjoys an important position in the Islamic world and internationally, he said.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan reject terrorism and extremism, and support the values of moderate Islam and tolerance, he added.

Chaudhry praised the Kingdom’s management of this year’s Hajj season, and its preparations and efforts to enable pilgrims to perform their rituals easily.

Pakistan’s government and people highly appreciate King Salman’s efforts in the service and expansion of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, the minister said. 


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.