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Saudi crown prince likely to visit Pakistan in March​


Pakistan is keen Prince Mohammad bin Salman attends the Pakistan Day parade as guest of honour, say sources



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February 20, 2022

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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are in talks to finalise the dates for the much-awaited visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to Islamabad likely to take place in March, official sources told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

Pakistan, sources added, is keen that the Saudi crown prince attends the Pakistan Day parade as a guest of honour on March 23.

Sources said that the two sides were in touch with each other and barring an exception, it is likely the Saudi de facto ruler will visit Pakistan which would be his second visit in three years.

The last time he travelled to Pakistan was in February 2019 just days after the Pulwama attack in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) that brought the two nuclear-armed neighbours to the brink of war.

At the time, Prime Minister Imran Khan drove him to his office from the airport suggesting close bonhomie between the two leaders. Saudi Arabia had extended the financial bailout package to Pakistan after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) formed the government in August 2018 in order to help it deal with the depleting foreign exchange reserves.

But a few months later, the relationship between the two countries hit an unusual roadblock after PM Imran joined the Turkish President and the Malaysian Prime Minister at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in September 2019.

What led to the further strain in ties was the premier’s decision to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit. Saudi saw the move by then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad as an effort to set up a parallel Islamic bloc to counter the Riyadh led Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Pakistan eventually pulled out of the summit but the damage had already been done.

At one point, the ties were so strained that Pakistan had to return Saudi loan before time, a rare instance in the Pak-Saudi ties. Riyadh had extended financial help to Pakistan in the past but never asked Islamabad to return the money as it either rolled over the facility or converted it into a grant.

But President Joe Biden's victory brought Pakistan and Saudi Arabia once again together as the new US President, unlike Donald Trump, maintained a distance from the Saudi Crown Prince. It also withdrew arm support for the war in Yemen. Biden hasn't yet spoken to either Saudi Crown Prince or PM Imran.

The ice between the two countries finally melted when the prime minister visited Saudi Arabia in October last year. That visit led to another Saudi bailout package to the tune of $4.2 billion, $3 billion in cash support while the remaining oil facility was on deferred payment.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia also cooperated to arrange an extraordinary meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers on Afghanistan in Islamabad. The conference led to the establishment of Trust Fund under the banner of the Islamic Development Bank to help the people of Afghanistan in view of the grave humanitarian situation.

Pakistan is also set to host the regular conference of OIC Foreign Ministers on March 22. It is expected that foreign ministers of OIC would also be invited to witness the Pakistan Day parade.


 

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I posted this news in Jan , but was locked.
May be Mod like to open it..................


 

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Much welcomed arrival , we need a big deal with Saudia for Oil Refinery in Gwadar. This was much discussed in first year of Prime Minister Imran Khan's official visit to Saudia

  • Oil Refinery Investment
  • Investment in Housing Sector of Gwadar
  • Saudia is also a world leader in Desalination Water Supply consumption
  • Leaders in growing Agricultural Goods in Desert/Barron areas since 1970's

Certainly if Current Pakistani office plans strategically the relations between two countries can expand in such areas

Much anticipated arrival

While this visit is for March 23rd Celebrations but it is considered as a Big player arrival considering the Crown Prince is the Next leader of Saudia (in ways he is already seen as leader in current government behind the scenes)
 
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Pakistani security agencies must keep watch on Iranian lobby is Pakistan from now onwards. Specifically the imam bargah network, run and funded by Iran. They will start their propaganda soon.
Their hate against Arabs root from Persian empire days, when Arab Muslims fought and ended their Persian empire and they are scorned since then and still are.
 
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Pakistani security agencies must keep watch on Iranian lobby is Pakistan from now onwards. Specifically the imam bargah network, run and funded by Iran. They will start their propaganda soon.
Their hate against Arabs root from Persian empire days, when Arab Muslims fought and ended their Persian empire and they are scorned since then and still are.
Arabs, Iranians,and Afghanistanis are not good of Pakistan.This should be crystal clear to every Pakistani.Everyone cares for its own interests so should Pakistan.
 

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Saudi should come fast and start refinery project because once Iran sanction removed, the market will be flooded with oil and the price will go down, OPEC already started talking with Iran about oil supply... right now almost 100 dollars a barrel, which is beyond buying power of poor countries. Profit has no friends. But, I think Suadi are late in this game,

China to set up $15 billion Oil refinery complex in Pakistan​


A group of Chinese state-owned enterprises has volunteered to build a $15 billion oil refinery complex, which might help Pakistan, which has been hit hard by massive withdrawals of foreign investment in recent years.

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation and the country’s largest pipeline builder.


According to Board of Investment (BOI) Secretary Fareena Mazhar, the China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Company LTD (CCP) and China Zhen Hua Import and Export Corporation have expressed interest in investing $15 billion in an oil refinery complex.

The company plans to build the refinery in four years at a location that is not in one of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor’s nine prioritised Special Economic Zones (SEZs) (CPEC). However, the secretary stated that under the new rules, any company can apply for SEZ designation and be eligible for the same tax and duty advantages as SEZs. The company-specific SEZ, on the other hand, would not be eligible for government-funded utility services.

After the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, China is the third country to express interest in building an oil refinery in Pakistan. The first two proposals have remained on paper to this point
 
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We should get a Oil refinary for Gawader from Saudis with some diplomatic tactics or some Give-Take strategy.This will be very useful for Gawader development.
Chinese refused to give any space in Gawadar, they already building an oil complex, Pakistan has offered Suadi alternate space near Karachi port.
 

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Much welcomed arrival , we need a big deal with Saudia for Oil Refinery in Gwadar. This was much discussed in first year of Prime Minister Imran Khan's official visit to Saudia

  • Oil Refinery Investment
  • Investment in Housing Sector of Gwadar
  • Saudia is also a world leader in Desalination Water Supply consumption
  • Leaders in growing Agricultural Goods in Desert/Barron areas since 1970's

Certainly if Current Pakistani office plans strategically the relations between two countries can expand in such areas

Much anticipated arrival

While this visit is for March 23rd Celebrations but it is considered as a Big player arrival considering the Crown Prince is the Next leader of Saudia (in ways he is already seen as leader in current government behind the scenes)
His visit will divide Pakistan and create security problems and he should not be welcomed until KSA sits down and resolves the repugnant Yemen war peacefully. KSA's presence will put a stain on what is a joyous occasion for Pakistan. The hearts and minds of Pakistanis are intertwined but we cannot let few individuals commit crimes and let them get away with it.
 

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Well, KSA has been better to Pakistan, than say the so called Iran.

Saudi Arabia has close relations with USA, which may annoy some Pakistanis, since we prefer China over USA.
 

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We should get a Oil refinary for Gawader from Saudis with some diplomatic tactics or some Give-Take strategy.This will be very useful for Gawader development.
China will build it faster and with TOT and no strings attached with good financing deal. We cannot allow the suffering of the Yemenis people to continue.
 

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