On 23rd September Special Assistants to PM, Allama Tahir Ashrafi hosted a Seminar ‘Pak-Saudi Relations: Past, Present, and Future’, Where President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, Federal Ministers Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, and Pir Noor-ul Haq Qadri, Special Assistant to PM Shahbaz Gill, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood, Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Bin Said Al Maliki attended the event held in connection with the celebration of 91st National Day of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Ambassador Nawaf Bin Said Al Maliki attended the event held in connection with the celebration of the 91st National Day of Saudi Arabia.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said the whole Muslim World seeks guidance from Saudi leadership to tackle international issues. He said at a time when the commercial and other vested interests dominated international affairs, the world needed leadership that formulated its policies based on morality. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia could fill the gap, he added.
Lamenting the phenomenon of fake news, the president said the Holy Quran had also warned about the same tendency which also led to the prevailing situation in Afghanistan and Iraq. The president appreciated the vision of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for environment protection as well as Saudi Vision 2030 which featured the development of a modern and unique city. He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia effectively handled the COVID pandemic regardless of whatsoever the fake news said about the two friendly states.
Special Representative to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and the Middle East Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi embraced Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan’s mediation offer to resolve prominent issues between Pakistan and India including the contentious issue of Kashmir. Ashrafi, who is also Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman said the Saudi foreign minister’s announcement to play a role in resolving the outstanding issues between Pakistan and India through negotiations was a pleasant step. He said the Saudi minister, during his visit to India, had clarified his country’s stance on the Kashmir issue. Pakistan always supported resolving outstanding issues with India through negotiations. However, India’s aggressive posture always posed a pervasive threat to regional peace. Talks between India and Pakistan were impossible sans, including the Kashmir issue in the talks, he said adding that Saudi Arabia was enjoying an important position in the world and no power could harm Pak-Saudi relations.
Later, the President presented shields to Saudi Ambassador, Tahir Ashrafi, and four overseas Pakistanis for their remarkable contribution to strengthening Pak-Saudi ties. Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Thursday said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoyed strong and cordial religious and historical relations based on Islamic brotherhood.