Pakistan PM congratulates Saudi Arabia on National Day

This file photo shows Saudi King Salman, left, greeting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Jeddah on Sept. 19, 2018. (Handout/Center for International Communication (CIC) via AFP)
Updated 30 September 2018

Pakistan PM congratulates Saudi Arabia on National Day

  • Khan acknowledged that Saudi Arabia stood by Pakistan’s side through thick and think for which the government and the people of Pakistan are highly indebted
  • In his message of felicitation to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other members of the Saudi royal family, Khan said the people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are linked through religious and brotherly ties

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday congratulated the Saudi leadership and people on the Kingdom’s 88th National Day.
Khan expressed best wishes to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other members of the royal family.
“The progress, development and stability of Saudi Arabia is a heartfelt sentiment of every Pakistani,” Khan said. “The strength of Saudi Arabia is the strength of the Muslim Ummah (nation).”
The Kingdom has always stood by Pakistan in difficult times, and the government and people of Pakistan acknowledge and appreciate that, he added.
On Sept. 18, Khan traveled to Saudi Arabia on his first official visit abroad since becoming prime minister, meeting with the king and crown prince and reviewing bilateral relations.
The visit “helped open a new chapter of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, which would benefit the entire region,” Khan said in his congratulatory message.
Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also congratulated the Saudi king and crown prince on their country’s National Day.


Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

Updated 09 December 2019

Pakistan army denies reports of joint border patrols with Iran

  • Patrolling operations on respective sides are conducted by respective forces, military spokesman says
  • Last month, army chief visited Tehran for security talks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army spokesperson on Monday rejected media reports suggesting that Pakistani and Iranian security forces conducted joint border patrolling.
“News published by Dawn today ('Pak-Iran Forces jointly conduct border patrolling') is factually incorrect,” Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said in a tweet.
He added that “there is no joint patrolling anywhere on Pakistani borders” as “patrolling operations if required are always on respective sides by respective forces through coordination.”

The English-language daily reported earlier on the day that Pakistan and Iran had conducted another joint patrol on the border near Taftan town in Chagai district, Balochistan.
Soon after Ghafoor's comment, Dawn's editor Zaffar Abbas clarified that “the confusion was caused by the official news agency APP, as the picture caption said ‘joint patrolling.’ Radio Pak also tweeted the same. But we will be carrying out correction in light of your statement.”

Border security has long been a major cause of distrust in Pakistan-Iran relations. 
In April, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that the two countries would form a joint quick-reaction force to combat militant activity on their shared border, following a deadly attack on Pakistani security personnel on the coastal highway in southwestern Balochistan, where 14 soldiers lost their lives.
On Nov. 18, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Tehran for security talks with Iran's political leadership and military leadership.
In May this year, Pakistan began the fencing of certain areas along the 950-kilometer border it shares with Iran.