Our founding fathers worked indefatigably for the creation of Pakistan

Our founding fathers worked indefatigably for the creation of Pakistan
A banner with pictures of Pakistan founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his sister Fatima Jinnah is displayed in Lahore ahead of Pakistan's 75th Independence Day celebrations. (AFP)
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Updated 14 August 2022

Our founding fathers worked indefatigably for the creation of Pakistan

Our founding fathers worked indefatigably for the creation of Pakistan




Ambassador Ameer Khurram Rathore

It is a great honor for me, as ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, to extend felicitations to all Pakistanis residing in the Kingdom on the Independence Day of Pakistan. I am excited to celebrate this happy occasion with our brothers and sisters in their second home — Saudi Arabia.

The founding fathers of Pakistan worked indefatigably for the creation of Pakistan so that the Muslims of the subcontinent could peacefully live in an independent homeland; where they could freely practice religious belief, celebrate culture and enjoy freedom of expression.

On this happy occasion, we reaffirm our strong commitment to the ideals of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and to the aspirations of Dr. Allama Mohammed Iqbal.

Today, Pakistan, a country of more than 200 million people, is a progressive Islamic state with functional parliament, independent judiciary, free media, vibrant civil society, resilient economy and strong defense forces. Above all, Pakistan is endowed with abundant natural resources and industrious, peace-loving and young population.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy excellent bilateral relations in all fields ,and this brotherly relation is going from strength to strength. The Kingdom and its leadership occupy a special place in the hearts of Pakistanis, due to their outstanding services and guardianship of the two Holy Mosques.

We are grateful to Kingdom for the warm hospitality extended to 2.3 million Pakistanis — the largest overseas Pakistani community. Saudi Arabia has always acknowledged the contributions made by Pakistani professionals and workforce in development of the Kingdom. Pakistanis are also efficiently contributing toward the realization of Saudi Vision 2030.

I, once again, congratulate all Pakistanis on this auspicious occasion of Independence. Let us all come together and contribute to further strengthen our fraternal ties with Saudi Arabia in all spheres.

May Allah bless Pakistan and Saudi Arabia with lasting peace and prosperity for good.

 

Ameer Khurram Rathore

Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

 


Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italian PM during phone call

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Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italian PM during phone call

Saudi crown prince discusses bilateral relations with Italian PM during phone call

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed bilateral relations with Italian premier Giorgia Meloni on Tuesday.

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Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

Saudi Cabinet expresses solidarity with quake hit Turkiye and Syria

RIYADH: The Saudi cabinet voiced its solidarity with Turkiye and Syria following the devastating earthquakes that ripped through the border area  between the two countries killing thousands and injuring thousands more.

The statement was made during Tuesday’s weekly Saudi Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman, as the death toll exceeded 5,000, with tens of thousands more injured.

But international agencies like the WHO said the casualty number would grow significantly to thousands more.

The Cabinet statement published via the state news agency SPA said “the Kingdom expressed its solidarity” with the countries impacted by the earthquakes.

The first quake – of a magnitude 7.8 - struck the border area between Turkiye and Syria at about 4a.m. local time on Monday causing buildings to topple to the ground, their occupants caught unaware as they slept.

The second – 7.7 magnitude - quake struck the same area shortly before 2p.m. local time as search and rescue workers dug frantically through the rubble to find survivors.

There were two further earthquakes of a magnitude 5.6 and 5.7 on Tuesday morning as well as 312 aftershocks since the first quake struck.

The Cabinet also praised the bilateral ties between the Kingdom and Iraq and reiterated the Kingdom’s support for efforts made by the Iraqi government to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity for its people.

It also reviewed reports on regional and international conferences recently held in Saudi Arabia to keep pace with the rapid developments and contribute to finding solutions to global challenges.


KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen
Updated 07 February 2023

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

KSRelief Masam project clears 675 mines in Yemen

DUBAI: Nearly 675 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled in the Fifth week of 2023 by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)’s Masam project.
The mine-clearing team removed a total of 384,980 mines planted by the militia across Yemen since Masam project started, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.

Overseen by the KSRelief, special teams destroyed hundreds of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, unexploded ordinances and other explosive devices.

The KSRelief project, also known as Masam, is one of several initiatives undertaken by Saudi Arabia on the orders of King Salman to help the Yemeni people.

More than 1.2 million mines have been planted by the Houthi militia, claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians.

The Saudi project trains local demining engineers and provides them with modern equipment. It also provides support to Yemenis injured by the devices.


KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need

KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need
Updated 07 February 2023

KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need

KSRelief continue its efforts to aid people in need

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center’s (KSRelief ) humanitarian efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria continue with securing food parcels for people in need.
In Afghanistan the center distributed 650 food packages to families affected by the floods. And in Pakistan another 600 food parcels were distributed.
The agency has also extended its help to the Syrian people displaced in Jordan, in support to the education of Syrian refugees it distributed 3,262 school bags to students in Amman.


Saudi king, crown prince offer condolences to Erdogan after Turkiye quake

Saudi king, crown prince offer condolences to Erdogan after Turkiye quake
Updated 07 February 2023

Saudi king, crown prince offer condolences to Erdogan after Turkiye quake

Saudi king, crown prince offer condolences to Erdogan after Turkiye quake
  • Prince Mohammed also offered his condolences to the families of victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery
  • Major earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, killing more than 2,600 people on Monday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their condolences to Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and people after an earthquake rocked the country on Monday.

“We send to you, the families of the victims, and the Turkish people our sincere condolences and sympathy,” King Salman said. “We reiterate our stand with you in this painful event.” He wished the injured a speedy recovery and the missing a safe return.

The major earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, killing more than 2,600 people and flattening thousands of buildings as rescuers dug frantically for survivors.

Prince Mohammed also offered his condolences to the families of victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

He added that the Kingdom stands with and supports Turkiye in the face of the natural disaster.

Erdogan thanked the crown prince and said he appreciates the Kingdom’s support in these difficult circumstances.

Multi-storey apartment buildings full of residents were among the 3,400 structures reduced to rubble in Turkey, while Syria announced dozens of collapses, as well as damage to archaeological sites in Aleppo.