Saudi leadership is a source of pride for Muslims, says Tahir Ashrafi

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki received Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi at the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday. (SPA)
Updated 13 September 2018

Saudi leadership is a source of pride for Muslims, says Tahir Ashrafi

  • The Saudi leadership and its security institutions are a source of pride for us: Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the president of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, has congratulated King Salman for the excellent services provided to pilgrims every year, which allow them to perform Hajj rituals with as much ease and comfort as possible. His comments came during a meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki at the Kingdom’s embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday.

After performing holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom recently as part of King Salman’s Hajj and Umrah Program, Ashrafi told Arab News that on behalf of the PUC he expressed solidarity with the Kingdom in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm. The Ulema also issued a fatwa against the Houthi militia and Daesh terrorists in the region.

“The Saudi leadership and its security institutions are a source of pride for us, as they are protecting this holy land,” he said.

Ashrafi studied at Lahore’s Jamia Qasmia and Jamia Zia Ul Uloom, before completing the Dars-e-Nizami at Jamia Ashrafia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Punjab University, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from the same institution.

Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

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Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

  • Mohammed bin Salman says value of investments to increase rapidly over next two years
  • Modi praised relations between the two countries after signing cooperation agreements

DUBAI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Wednesday he expects Saudi Arabia’s investments in India will be worth $100 billion in the next two years.

During a press conference with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the crown prince said the Kingdom had invested $10 billion in technology and small companies in India which had “achieved very remarkable returns.”

Speaking on the second day of hist India visit, and after the signing of five agreements with Modi, the crown prince also said that there were many opportunities for India in Saudi Arabia.

“We expect that the opportunity we are developing in India in many fields will exceed 100 billion dollars over the next two years,” Prince Mohammed said. “We want to work as two governments to ensure these investments and achieve beneficial returns for both countries. 

“We also hope that relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and India will contribute to providing more opportunities for Indian laborers and manpower to contribute to the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and building the Kingdom's Vision 2030.”



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The crown prince spoke of the depth and history of relations between the two countries, acknowledging the role Indian labor and businesses had played in the Kingdom’s development.

He also said the economic partnerships were grounded in the two nation’s similar challenges - “extremism, terrorism and the security of the Indian Ocean.”

He said Modi’s visit to the Kingdom in 2016 had achieved investments worth $44 billion in refining and petrochemicals.

The two countries planned to expand India’s oil storage capacity to make India an “important regional center in distributing oil and its products.”

"As a neighbor who guarantees suppying us with energy needs, the Kingdom is considered India's most important partner," Modi said. "We have enhanced our relations through establishing a strategic partnership."

The crown prince and Modi earlier oversaw the signing of agreements in the fields of investment, tourism, housing and information and broadcasting.

It was also announced that the Kingdom would join the International Solar Alliance, a group of countries focussed on improving solar technology.

Prince Mohammed then met a number of CEOs from India's leading businesses.

The crown prince arrived in India after a two-day trip to Pakistan as part of a tour of Asia.

Earlier he attended a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi after landing in the country on Tuesday evening.