Saudi prince and Imran Khan discuss welfare initiatives, Kashmir situation

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ISLAMABAD: Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman Al-Saud met with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday. The Saudi prince’s visit is related to his charity projects in Pakistan, for which the prime minister expressed his appreciation, underscoring the uniqueness of Pakistani-Saudi relations, which are informed by a shared religion, culture and history, the PM’s office said in a statement.

“Prime Minister also expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s economic support to Pakistan and the initiatives underway to build a stronger economic relationship between the two countries,” the statement added.

His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM Office Islamabad on November 26, 2019

He apprised Prince Sultan of “the gross human rights violations by India in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, especially the inhuman lockdown of over 8 million people for more than one hundred days,” saying that the international community should stand with the innocent Kashmiris in their just struggle, according to the official handout. 

“The Prime Minister underscored the importance of an effective counter-narrative and concerted efforts to combat Islamophobia.” He also underlined the need for greater engagement of the youth in this process and enhancing their pride in the history as well as achievements of the Islamic civilization, the statement reads. 

From his side, Prince Sultan said the Muslim community also needs to better understand its cultural and religious heritage to remove misconceptions about Islam.  

The Saudi prince acknowledged the affinity between the two countries and “deeply appreciated the role played by Pakistani professionals, especially doctors and engineers, in the progress and development of Saudi Arabia,” the PM Office said.