Over 2,100 Pakistani prisoners to be freed from Saudi jails

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from Saudi jails. (SPA)
Updated 19 February 2019
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Over 2,100 Pakistani prisoners to be freed from Saudi jails

  • In a tweet, Qureshi said the cases of other prisoners would also be reviewed

ISLAMABAD, RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from jails in the Kingdom.

Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced the news on Monday, and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on behalf of his country’s people thanked the crown prince for his gesture.

In a tweet, Qureshi said the cases of other prisoners would also be reviewed. The move came in response to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request for the release of 3,000 Pakistanis currently being held in Saudi prisons.

Khan’s plea came on Monday night during a ceremony in honor of the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan. In an immediate reply, the crown prince said the Kingdom “cannot say no to Pakistan,” and promised to investigate the matter.

Khan said in a tweet: “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman won the hearts of the people of Pakistan when he said, ‘consider me Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia’ in response to my asking him to treat the 2.5 million Pakistani’s working in KSA as his own.”

Welcoming the decision, Dr. Khalid Abbas Alasadi, an author, said: “It’s a great news for every Pakistani. This shows that the crown prince cares about all Pakistani people.”

The crown prince arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for a two-day visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour. The visit has been described as “highly successful.”


Saudi Arabia’s new labor initiatives to promote growth, nationalization

Ahmed Al-Rajhi, minister of labor and social development. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s new labor initiatives to promote growth, nationalization

  • The ministry has launched 71 services aimed at individuals and private establishments

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development is working on strategic partnership and integration with the business sector to stimulate growth and expand labor nationalization.
Ahmed Al-Rajhi, minister of labor and social development, announced the initiative during his meeting with members of Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).
The ministry has launched 71 services aimed at individuals and private establishments. Many of these services are available through the “Qiwa” portal, and all of the services will be available via the portal before the end of the year.
Al-Rajhi said that the ministry would empower and support all those in the development field and specialized societies, and sought to double the number of specialized societies in the coming years based on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan. The minister spoke about the launch of 45 development programs to enhance social initiatives and the growth of the nonprofit sector to help citizens rehabilitate their professional capacities.
Hisham bin Mohammed Kaaki, chairman of the board of directors at MCCI, said that the number of training courses provided last year to help prepare citizens for the labor market surpassed 65 courses, benefiting 5,815 citizens.