JEDDAH: During his successful visit to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Imran Khan offered the Kindom to participate in CPEC. Later it was confirmed by Information Minister Fawad Choudhry that Pakistan has invited the Kingdom as third biggest partner in the project. In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel, Imran Khan said Pakistan won’t allow anyone to attack Saudi Arabia, adding that the country will always stand with the Kingdom. When asked who is Imran Khan? He replied, Imran was an ordinary man who had big dreams, which he achieved through struggle, adding; “Each time there was a setback in my life and I learnt from my bad time because failure is the best teacher.”
Responding to a question he said: “Having seen my mother’s pain, I decided to build a cancer hospital, after achieving the first dream then I decided to change Pakistan.He added that his government will change the way Pakistan has been governed, adding they will change themindset ofthe people of the country. He added that his government will change the way Pakistan has been governed, adding they will change the mindset of the people of the country. He also revealed why he chose Saudi Arabia as first destination in the foreign trip, saying: “I didn’t have to go outside of Pakistan forfirst three months because of diverse crises. But I am visiting SaudiArabia because I was kindly invited by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and as a Muslim Ishould visit Makkah and Madina,” adding whenever a leader wins an election in Pakistan, the first visit is always to Saudi Arabia. He said that Saudi Arabia has a special place in the hearts of all Muslims. In reply to a question about Saudi Arabia’s role in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Prime Minister,said that CPEC is one of the greatest opportunities which allow people to invest in Pakistan. CPEC connects Pakistan from sea right up to China and all along the way there will be industrial zones which will be great opportunity for the people to invest. He further said that once peace comes in Afghanistan then the same road will connect Pakistan to Central Asia, adding this whole area is where the future is, he also hoped forthe improvement in Pak-India relation. Highlighting the sacrifices of Pakistan and its people in war on terror, Imran Khan said the country has suffered for the last 15 years because of the war on terror, resulting the death of 88,000 Pakistanis, while the lossto the economy has been over $100 billion. Sharing his views on SaudiYemen relations, Imran khan said that Pakistan would like itsrole as reconciliatory to bring Muslim world together. In Yemen is also, “if we are required, we will play positive role there also to end the conflict,” he added. Expressing his desire for peace in the Middle East and strengthening ties among Muslim countries, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Pakistan would like to play its role as reconciliator to bring Muslim world together. “This would be our main effort. I would like to ensure peace in the Middle East because it is very distressing for Muslimsto see conflict among Muslim nations. If you look at the Muslim world… in Libya, in Somalia, Syria, and Afghanistan.” he added. Stand by each other Pakistan and SaudiArabia on Wednesday, reaffirming their intention to stand by each other at all times, expressed their desire to further enhance and diversify bilateral cooperation and to continue close coordination on issues of mutual interest. Based on their decades-old fraternal ties, both the countries expressed complete solidarity with each other in their efforts at preserving their sovereignty and territorial integrity, said a statement issued by Foreign Office at the conclusion oftwo-day state visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia . The prime minister, who was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Minister for Information Fawad Ahmed, and Adviser to the Prime Minister on CommerceAbdul Razaq Dawood visited the Kingdom at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty, King Salman bin Abdulaziz. The Prime Minister was received by His Majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, at his Palace in Jeddah, where he was presented with a guard of honour and a state banquet was hosted for him and his entourage. In the meeting, the two leaders discussed bilateral relationship, the regional and global political situation and the issues confronting the Muslim Ummah. Imran also discussed matters of mutual interest, bilateral trade, investment and stronger economic ties. During the visit, the prime minister also held a meeting with His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who hosted a dinner in his honour. The two leaders accompanied by their ministers and senior officials, held detailed discussions on ways to strengthen bilateral relationship and on the regional political and security situation. They exchanged ideas on enhancing cooperation in political, defence, economic, commercial and cultural sectors, developing joint venturesin line with their respective developmental needs, strengthening collaboration in human resource sector and addressing the issues faced by Pakistani expatriatesin SaudiArabia . Pakistan and Saudi Arabia reaffirmed their historical and brotherly ties, rooted in bonds of common religion, shared culture and values and quest for regional and global peace and security. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the convergence of views on a host of regional and global issues, as well as the issues faced by Ummah. Pakistan praised the Saudi leadership on a smooth and successful organisation of Haj this year, and acknowledged the eminent position of respect and reverence among the Ummah, enjoyed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz. It also commended the visionary leadership of His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who was leading Saudi Arabia towards a modern and developed economy. The Saudi leadership congratulated Pakistan on itssuccessful democratic transition, in a peaceful and fair manner, and felicitated the Prime Minister on his election. Appreciating the prime minister’sideal oftransforming his country into a welfare state based on Islamic socio-economic principles, the Saudi leadership assured Pakistan of its maximum assistance. Pakistan thanked SaudiArabia for its steadfast and continued support. Anti-terror efforts The Prime Minister briefed the Saudi leadership on Pakistan’s successes and sacrificesin itsfight against terrorism, highlighting the role of actors trying to destabilise Pakistan. Imran strongly rejected the effortsto promote religious extremism, sectarianism and terrorism. The Saudi leadership apprised the prime minister of the steps taken by the Kingdom to curb extremism and terrorism, and shared views on the forcesspreading extremist ideologies in the region. The two countries acknowledged each other’s efforts and sacrifices and pledged to continue their partnership to defeat the scourge of extremism and terrorism. They agreed on the need to promote peace and security to ensure progress, development and prosperity.In thatregard, they also agreed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation, as well as their collaboration at the regional and multilateral forums. Kashmir issue The prime minister informed the Saudi leadership about the plight ofthe Muslims ofJammu & Kashmir, suffering grievous human rights violations. Mentioning the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on the human rights violations in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, he stressed the need for Islamic solidarity and unity in raising the issue forcefully at the UN Human Rights Council. The two countriesreaffirmed their commitment to the juststruggle of the Palestinian people to restore their rights and achieve the independence ofthe state of Palestine, with East Jerusalem as its capital. They also stressed that the international community must respect the juststruggle ofthe people living under foreign occupation and the legitimate right to self-determination, as enshrined in the United Nations Charter.