Kader Khan in Makkah for Haj

Updated 30 September 2014
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Kader Khan in Makkah for Haj

Popular Bollywood actor, writer and director of yesteryear, Kader Khan, has arrived in Makkah to perform Haj.

The Baluchistan-born 78-year-old actor is accompanied by his two sons, Shahnawaz and Sarfaraz, and a daughter-in-law.

Indian Consul General B.S. Mubarak told Arab News on Monday that he is being accorded the customary welcome for important pilgrims.

"He was received in Makkah on arrival on Sunday by our Haj Mission official Omer Khan," said Mubarak.

“Kader Khan is very happy to be in Makkah,” said Omer Khan. “His sons are equally delighted at being here for Haj. They are looking forward to performing the rituals in the coming days.”

Omer Khan said the people at the place where he is staying immediately recognized him and his signature voice and they hugged and congratulated him.

Kader Khan has come to the Kingdom through Arabian Group, a private Haj operator.

In recent interviews, Kader Khan, an ethnic Pashtun, expressed regret for having spent his time acting in films. He has changed his life and now devotes all his time to the propagation of Islamic principles. He worked in numerous films and is known in the industry for his witticisms and good-natured repartee.

A graduate of Ismail Yusuf College in Mumbai, he taught at Saboo Siddik College of Engineering in Mumbai in the mid-1970s before he went into film.


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

Updated 15 November 2018
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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he told reporters in Riyadh.

The Prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that the drawing of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.

The prosecutor said Saudi Arabia has requested Turkey to sign a cooperation deal on a probe into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We have requested the brotherly Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to provide them with the results of the investigation,” he said, adding that “the public prosecutor is still awaiting a response to these requests.”