Imam-e-Kaaba arrived for 7 days
24 April, 2015
LAHORE: Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Khalid-al-Ghamidi on Thursday arrived in the city on a seven-day visit.
Security in the city was tight on his arrival. Ghamidi will stay here for four days and then travel to Islamabad. He reached Lahore on a Saudi Airlines plane and was welcomed by Saudi ambassador, Lahore commissioner and some religious personalities like Senator Sajid Mir and Tahir Ashrafi. Politically, the visit of Imam-e-Kaaba is being considered very important, especially in the context of the Saudi government’s interest in getting Pakistan’s help on the Yemen issue.
Sources have said that the Saudi government has two major priorities with regard to the Imam-e-Khaba’s visit – turning the public opinion in favour of Saudi Arabia and giving an effective message for eradication of polio. According to the sources, Ghamidi’s visit is an effort of the Saudi government to improve relations between the two states. For this purpose, sources told Daily Times, the Imam-e-Kaaba would hold special meetings to discuss the current situation in Yemen.
The Imam-e-Kaaba would today lead Namaz-e-Juma (Friday prayer) at the newly built grand mosque in Bahria Town where he would address a big congregation and convey the important message of unity in the Muslim Ummah. Sources further told this scribe that Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Khalid would also meet Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who especially invited him for a lunch. They further said that the imam would also meet some of the senior leaders of the ruling party.