ISLAMABAD: The Saudi crown prince is scheduled to touch down in Pakistan’s federal capital today and the twitter-sphere is following minute-by-minute updates of his arrival.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become a trending social media topic the world over with his Asia tour being discussed across digital platforms — under a variety of trending hashtags in Pakistan with tweets in thousands and growing — as the country holds its breath for the royal arrival.
‘Let the world know the power of Muslim brotherhood,’ wrote one Twitter user, and added a photo of Islamabad decorated with life-sized posters of the crown prince, his father King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A doctor based in Punjab wrote, ‘This historic visit of MBS will strengthen the bond b/w the people of Pak and Saudi into a strong metallic bond.’
‘We welcome you heartily,’ wrote Gulbaz Sharif from Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province and attached a smiling photograph of the crown prince with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
A human rights activist and artist wrote about the historically significant relationship between the two nations.
‘Friendship with Saudi Arabia covers strategic, military and economic interests of a magnitude not found in Pakistan’s relationship with any other country.’
‘Long live Pakistan and Saudi Arabia brotherhood. Thank you Saudi Arabia for being our friend in need,’ tweeted a Lahore based lawyer.
Many others have celebrated the Saudi move to drastically slash visit visa fees for Pakistanis and earlier today, the foreign office spokesperson tweeted, “On Prime Minister IK’s initiative suggesting reduction in #SaudiVisaFee for #Pakistaniworkers, #CrownPrince MBS has generously lowered the fee.”
For now, all eyes seem to be glued on a grand welcome that will include the full military honor of a 21-gun salute and the release of over three thousand pigeons. Over the next two days, it seems the crown prince will continue to be a trending subject in Pakistan, as many wait to see the results of one of the country’s most celebrated state visits.