Streets of Pakistan lined with pictures of Saudi Crown Prince

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The streets of Pakistan were lined with pictures of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in preparation of his reception. (Photo courtesy/Jazera network)
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The streets of Pakistan were lined with pictures of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in preparation of his reception. (Photo courtesy/Jazera network)
Updated 17 February 2019
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Streets of Pakistan lined with pictures of Saudi Crown Prince

ISLAMABAD: The streets of Pakistan were lined with pictures of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in preparation of his reception on Saturday.

Pakistan was rescheduling flights, blocking off luxury hotels and, according to one report on Friday, collecting 3,500 pigeons and colorful balloons to release during a welcome ceremony for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Banners heralding the crown prince were already lining the streets of the capital on Friday, while the Express Tribune newspaper reported that authorities were trying to catch so many pigeons for a welcome ceremony that they were forced to collect birds from other cities.

The crown prince is expected to sign a range of agreements worth up to $15 billion, including deals for three power plants in Pakistan’s Punjab province and an oil refinery and petrochemical complex in the coastal city of Gwadar in Balochistan province.


Indian jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London: British police

Updated 20 March 2019
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Indian jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London: British police

  • India had asked Britain in August to extradite billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi

LONDON: Fugitive billionaire jeweler Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said on Wednesday.
India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in the $2 billion loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank, India’s biggest banking fraud.
Police said Modi, 48, had been arrested in the Holborn area of central London on Tuesday and was due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.