Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh marks Independence Day

Acting Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr. Bilal Ahmad speaks at the 73rd Independence Day ceremony in Riyadh. (Supplied)
Updated 15 August 2019

Pakistan Embassy in Riyadh marks Independence Day

RIYADH: The Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh marked the 73rd Independence Day on Wednesday, during which acting Ambassador Dr. Bilal Ahmad unfurled the national flag. 

“Pakistani expatriates joined the flag-hoisting ceremony at the embassy … in large numbers to mark Independence Day, and to express solidarity with Kashmiri brothers and sisters,” an embassy spokesman said.

Indian-administered Kashmir has been under an unprecedented lockdown since last week after New Delhi revoked Article 370, a constitutional provision granting the region special status.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the “illegal and unilateral” move, and has downgraded diplomatic ties and suspended trade with India.

At the ceremony, Ahmad read out messages from Pakistani President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

They paid tribute to those who fought and sacrificed to achieve independence, and called on citizens to strive to make Pakistan a prosperous and dignified country.

Ahmad said Pakistan will continue to support the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination.

Recently, Raja Ali Ejaz, ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, said: “We are proud to have developed into a modern state in the comity of nations through untiring efforts by the people and visionary leadership. Pakistan, a country of 200 million people, is today a progressive Islamic state with an active Parliament, independent judiciary, free media and vibrant civil society.”


Umrah Forum and Exhibition kicks off on Monday

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. (SPA)
Updated 15 min 48 sec ago

Umrah Forum and Exhibition kicks off on Monday

  • The exhibition is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors

JEDDAH: The Umrah Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, will commence on Monday in Jeddah under the sponsorship of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
The event will last for three days at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.
Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat said that the Umrah Forum and Exhibition will hold more than 22 workshops and training seminars carried out by pilgrim services experts. 160 companies and service operators in the sector will showcase their latest innovations and products offered to worshippers.
Mashat added that the Umrah Forum and Exhibition will involve partnership agreements between providers of logistic services and Umrah service companies.
He said that the event aims to meet the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan by providing the best services to pilgrims.
The exhibition is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.