Pak-Saudi Arabia relations instrumental in regional peace

Updated 23 March 2013

Pak-Saudi Arabia relations instrumental in regional peace

ON the auspicious occasion of the National Day of Pakistan, I wish to convey my deepest felicitations to all Pakistanis particularly those residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Seventy-three years ago, the Muslims of South Asia resolved to establish an independent state where they could lead their lives in accordance with the Islamic ideals of freedom, sovereignty, democracy, equality, justice, tolerance and non-discrimination. These founding principles were faithfully upheld by our forefathers under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah during the glorious struggle which led to the establishment of Pakistan. After independence, these principles formed the legal and political foundation of Pakistan.
Since its establishment, Pakistan has faced several challenges. And each time it emerged more resilient and stronger after successfully dealing with these challenges.
As in the past, our nation is determined to tackle the challenges we face today with an unwavering sense of obligation to the founding principles of Pakistan. We must seek inspiration from numerous sacrifices rendered by our nation in the making of Pakistan, in protecting our sovereignty and independence and in sustaining social and economic development of our country.
On this occasion, I also wish to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the vibrant and dynamic Pakistan community in Saudi Arabia. Our community has served both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia with characteristic fervor, loyalty, commitment, diligence and dedication. It is, in fact, the most unmistakable link between our two countries. It is my hope that members of the Pakistan community will continue to contribute to the socio-economic development of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and to Pakistan's brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia, which is their second home.
The Consulate General of Pakistan, Jeddah, has always striven to provide the best possible consular and welfare services to all members of our industrious community. We are planning several initiatives to further improve these and other services at the consulate. I am sure that the cooperation and support of Pakistanis in the Kingdom will remain available to us in this endeavor.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia share common political, strategic and economic objectives. We have jointly worked to achieve durable peace and security for our region and beyond. We are also determined to promote sustainable socio-economic development not only for our respective peoples but also for the Islamic Ummah at large.
Let us pledge to redouble our efforts to further deepen the existing all weather and time tested relationship between Pakistan and brotherly Saudi Arabia.
Let us pray for the security and prosperity of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Long live Pakistan! Long live Pakistan-Saudi Arabia friendship!

Aftab A. Khokhar
Consul General of Pakistan


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.