Saudi envoy lauds Kingdom’s immigration team helping Pakistani pilgrims

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki visited Islamabad International Airport, on Tuesday, and met with the Saudi immigration team. (Saudi Embassy Twitter)
Updated 07 August 2019

Saudi envoy lauds Kingdom’s immigration team helping Pakistani pilgrims

  • Saudi team installed pre-departure immigration system at Islamabad airport under Road to Makkah project
  • Around 30,000 Pakistani pilgrims enjoyed immigration clearance on travel documents scrutinized by Saudi officials

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, visited Islamabad International Airport on Tuesday and met with the Saudi team that installed pre-departure immigration system at the airport under Road to Makkah project to facilitate Pakistani pilgrims, the Saudi embassy in Islamabad said tweeted on Wednesday.
The envoy thanked the Saudi officials for their efforts and their active role in facilitating the procedures for pilgrims, the embassy said.




Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki visited Islamabad International Airport, on Tuesday, and met with the Saudi immigration officials. Group photo with Saudi team (Saudi Embassy Twitter)  

On July 1, a team of Saudi officials set up the pilot immigration project at Pakistan’s Islamabad International Airport which has thus far extended immigration clearance to around 30,000 Pakistani pilgrims flying from Islamabad after scrutinizing their travel documents.
The last government-organized flights for Hajj will leave for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, with the year’s remaining passengers from Pakistan en-route to the annual Muslim pilgrimage, while the last private flight from Pakistan will leave on Thursday.
Hajj flights for the 200,000 Pakistani pilgrims commenced on July 4.
With the Hajj only few days away, majority of pilgrims from Pakistan and elsewhere have already reached Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan’s director general for Hajj mission, Dr. Sajid Yousfani, had earlier told Arab News that the mission was “getting full support and co-operation” from Saudi officials to facilitate Pakistani Hajj pilgrims.
Pakistan Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, is also in Saudi Arabia to ensure the pilgrims are facilitated in every way. 


Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

Updated 12 January 2020

Pakistan ‘wants to play its role’ for peace in Middle East – FO

  • Work on foreign minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States being done
  • Pakistan’s strong relations with regional countries has made it an important player

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated on Thursday that the country was going to play its role in restoring peace in the Middle East by working with other international stakeholders in the region.

“Pakistan welcomes de-escalation and wants to play its role in ensuring peace and stability in the region. We have seen that indication in United States President [Donald] Trump’s speech and are evaluating its contours,” the country’s foreign office spokesperson, Aisha Farooqui, said in her weekly media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday.

She said that Pakistan’s geographical position, along with its strong relations with regional countries and the United States, had made it a significant player in the Middle East.

“Pakistan has maintained that war is not the solution to any issue and made it clear that it will not become part of any regional conflict,” she said.

The spokesperson noted that Islamabad had enhanced its efforts to defuse tensions in the region and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had contacted his counterparts in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and many other important states in this connection.

“All the international players, including Saudi Arabia, have said that the region cannot afford another war and asked for restraint from both parties [the US and Iran]. It’s a collective objective of all countries to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East,” she said.

Commenting on the foreign minister’s upcoming visit to Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the US, she said that “work on these tours has already started and they will take place as soon as dates are finalized with the respective countries.”

“We are very mindful for our brotherly and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and other regional countries. Pakistan and the US also enjoy longstanding relations and have contacts with each other through multiple forums including political and military leadership,” Farooqui said, adding that the foreign office had established a task force to continuously monitor the situation in the Middle East and inform the government about it along with its suggestions on a daily basis.

The spokesperson expressed hope that recent developments in the Middle East would not affect the ongoing Afghan peace process.

“Pakistan hopes that progress made on Afghan peace process will not come to a halt and the world community will not lose its focus as a result of the ongoing tensions in the Middle East,” she said.

Asked about the safety of Pakistani nationals in Iraq, she said the country’s embassy in Baghdad was on the alert to deal with any emergency situation.

“We are concerned about the safety of Pakistani citizens in Iraq and have issued an advisory in this regard. We have also instructed our mission in Baghdad to remain vigilant to deal with any emergency,” Farooqui said.