Pakistan’s army chief performs Umrah

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa performed Umrah on Sunday. (Courtesy Social Media)
Updated 09 June 2019

Pakistan’s army chief performs Umrah

  • Saudi authorities open the door of Kaaba in display of hospitality
  • General Bajwa prays for the well being of his country

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is currently visiting Saudi Arabia, performed Umrah on Sunday.
According to Pakistan’s state-owned radio and television channels, the door of Kaaba – a cubical shrine that stands in the middle of Makkah’s Grand Mosque – was opened for him by the Saudi authorities in a display of extraordinary hospitality.
The army chief went inside the building that is deeply revered by Muslims across the world and prayed for peace and prosperity for his country.
Earlier this month, Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan also performed pilgrimage along with some of his senior cabinet members.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed cordial relations with each other, but the current administration in Islamabad has strengthened these ties further.
The Kingdom was the first foreign destination of Pakistan’s premier after assuming the top political office of his country.
Saudi Arabia also embraced him with open arms and offered a significant economic package to his administration that was facing a huge balance of payments crisis.


Gunmen kill journalist in northwestern Pakistan

Updated 47 min 57 sec ago

Gunmen kill journalist in northwestern Pakistan

  • Javedullah Khan was traveling with a police guard when two gunmen opened fire on his vehicle
  • Police says it was a targeted attack

PESHAWAR: A Pakistan journalist whose relatives were members of an anti-Taliban group has been gunned down, police confirmed Wednesday, the latest attack targeting media in the restive northwest of the country.
Javedullah Khan, 36, was shot dead late Tuesday in Matta, a former militant stronghold some 40-kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Pakistan’s picturesque Swat valley.
He worked as a bureau chief for the Urdu language newspaper Ausaf.
“Javed was traveling with a police guard when two gunmen opened fire on his vehicle. He died on the spot,” senior police official Muhammad Ijaz Khan told AFP.
Ali Muhammad a local police official, also confirmed the incident.
“It was a targeted attack,” Muhammad added.
“Many of his relatives, including a brother, uncles, and cousins were killed due to their involvement in anti-Taliban peace committees.”
For years, Pakistan has encouraged tribal vigilante forces, known locally as peace committees, to defend their villages against militants.
Most have been disbanded following a dramatic improvement in security across the country.
While militant networks have been severely disrupted in recent years, insurgents still retain the ability to launch attacks.
Amnesty International said Khan was an “exceptionally brave journalist” and called for an independent investigation into his killing.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but militants have long targeted pro-government tribal elders in the past.
Pakistan routinely ranks among the world’s most dangerous countries for media workers, and reporters have frequently been detained, beaten and even killed for being critical of the powerful military or Islamist militants.