Saudi embassy in Pakistan hosts National Day reception

Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki hosted a reception to celebrate the 88th Saudi National Day. Pakistan’s Defense Minister Pervez Khattak was the chief cuest (Photo courtesy: Hafiz Thair Ashrafi, Religious Scholar)
Updated 30 September 2018

Saudi embassy in Pakistan hosts National Day reception

  • PM Imran Khan’s first abroad visit Kingdom reflects the sincere intention of the new government to work with Saudi Arabia, says ambassador
  • Pakistan remains committed to safe guard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — defense ministe

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki hosted a  reception to celebrate his country's 88th National Day in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, who was the chief guest, congratulated King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the occasion.

“Let me reiterate that Pakistan remains committed to safe guard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Khattak said in address to the gathering.

Nawaf said Saudi-Pakistan relations are characterized by its strength and durability “as they are deeply rooted since more than seven decades after the independence of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.”

“Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to choose Saudi Arabia as the destination of his first official visit abroad after assuming the office, reflects the sincere intention of the new government to work with Saudi Arabia and that the Kingdom is Pakistan’s first and foremost strategic ally,” he said.

He noted that there are more than 2.5 million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia and contributing to the Kingdom's “revitalization and prosperity.”

A big number of foreign diplomats, parliamentarians, politicians from almost all political parties including leader of opposition in national assembly Shehbaz Sharif, religious scholars, security officials, members of business community and journalists were among the participants at the reception.

The reception was followed by a grand dinner where guests were served with traditional Arabic and Pakistani food.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia harbors extreme love and appreciation for Pakistan nation, and similar love and appreciation exchange our brothers in Pakistan because the Kingdom has a special place in their hearts due to existence of the two Holy Mosques,” Ambassador Nawaf said.


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.