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Crown Prince orders release of 2107 Pakistani prisoners

Crown Prince orders release of 2107 Pakistani prisoners

It is pertinent here to mention that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed a raft of investment deals Sunday worth up to $20 billion during the maiden visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) to Pakistan.

The crown prince has struggled to rehabilitate his global reputation following the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul past year.

The tour coincides with a spike in regional tensions: India and Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran - both bordering Pakistan - have accused Islamabad of backing militant groups which have carried out bloody suicide attacks on their soil in recent days.

The Pakistani side appreciated Saudi Arabia's positive role in resolving the issues facing the Islamic Ummah.

"We've been a brotherly and friendly country to Pakistan, and we've walked together in tough and good times, and we continue the same thing", Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said, reciprocating Khan's sentiments.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (L) drives a vehicle as he receives Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his arrival at Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Nur Khan Base in Rawalpindi, Pakistan February 17, 2019.




He further added that the kingdom was working with Pakistan in order to reach reconciliation between the Taliban and the Afghan government to move forward.

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. Their goal was unclear with analysts speculating that they were deployed to protect the Saudi royal family after the purge that saw hundreds of the kingdom's richest citizens and relatives rounded up over corruption allegations and held in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh. "We believe Pakistan is going to be a very important country in the coming future and we want to be sure we are a part of that".

Crown prince Mohammed will later travel to neighbouring India amid heightened tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi over this week's suicide auto bombing in India-administered Kashmir that killed more than 40 paramilitary troops.

The total investment opportunities resulted in over 20 billion dollars, which would increase the mutual investment and volume of trade between the two brotherly countries. One, China will be the largest economy in 2030, and two, India will be the third largest economy in 2030.

After denying for several weeks that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing, including several officials close to the crown prince.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday that the visit by the crown prince will take their countries' bilateral relations "to new heights".

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