Published: Mon, February 18, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

The Saudi government confirmed its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with Manchester United but says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn't want to buy English football's most successful club. Twitteratis backlash was prompted after Prime Minister's Office posted photos and videos of PM Imran Khan warmly receiving the visiting dignitary.

In all, seven agreements, including MoUs in power, petrochemical and mining sectors, were inked at a ceremony in the Prime Minister House. -AFP Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa with MBS.

"We can not say no to Pakistan, whatever you [Pakistan] want we will do", he remarked.

Prince Mohammed changed his itinerary at the last minute, delaying by a day his arrival in Pakistan and postponing visits to Malaysia and Indonesia.

However, speculations were that Saudi Crown Prince Salman's visit would be cancelled in the wake of the soaring tension between India and Pakistan after the brutal Pulwama attack.

Khan himself drove the prince to the prime minister's residence, where he was met by an honour guard. The Saudi government admitted he was murdered but denied Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the hit.

Earlier this week a suicide bomber killed 44 Indian paramilitary police in the disputed Kashmir region.

The attack has sparked widespread calls in India for action against Pakistan.

The Dawn newspaper reported in December that the State Bank of Pakistan received a $1 billion deposit from Saudi Arabia, which is part of a pledged $3 billion in bailout money aimed at addressing the nation's balance-of-payments crisis.

Pakistan voiced support for the prince during the global outcry after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents.

Cash-strapped and in need of friends, Pakistan welcomed the crown prince with open arms and in grandiose fashion, including sending fighter jets to guide his incoming plane once it entered Pakistani airspace. "It is big for phase one and definitely it (Saudi investment in Pakistan) will grow every month, every year in bigger numbers and it will be beneficial for both the countries", the crown prince said.

The two countries chose to establish a Joint Supreme Coordination Council co-chaired by the Saudi Crown Prince and Pakistan's Prime Minister for enhancing and institutionalizing the bilateral relations in various fields.

United already have business interests with Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Telecom the club's official integrated telecommunications partner.

He said that though Pakistan despite having massive tourism potential was not having that quantum of tourists but in a lighter vein said that Pakistan was ahead in mountain tourism than Saudi Arabia.

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