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Pakistan and Saudi Arabia tied in unbreakable bonds of religion: Shahbaz Sharif

27 April, 2015

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said the love and affection for the Saudi leadership and people could not be explained in words.

Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are tied in unbreakable bonds of religion and brotherhood and both the countries are standing shoulder to shoulder with each other.

Speaking at a function held in honour of Imam-e-Kaaba Shaikh Khalid al Ghamidi at Chief Minister’s House, he remarked that even if the world goes topsy-turvy, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan could not be separated from one another.

He reminded that Saudi Arabia stood by Pakistan in war, peace, natural calamities and on other occasions and played its part in the economic development of the country. He said the relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has no precedence in the history of the world.

He pointed out that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Saudi Arabia recently and held talks with Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Salman, crown prince and other Saudi Leaders. He said the world saw two brothers meeting and speaking heart to heart like family members. He said earlier he visited the kingdom and held talks on important issues with the Saudi leadership.

Shahbaz said the meetings were a clear message for the enemies that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are tied in inseparable bonds and no one could cause any hurdle or differences between them.

He made it clear that Pakistan is standing with Saudi Arabia and vice versa. He said in this perspective there should be no question as to what role Pakistan should play when it comes to concerns, sovereignty and stability of Saudi Arabia. He quoted Dr Allama Iqbal’s verse that Muslims from Nile to Kashgar must stand together for the defence of Harmain Sharifain.

The CM thanked Imam-e-Kaaba for his visit and requested him to make such visits often. He said the visit of the imam was a source of pride and satisfaction for them.

On the occasion, Imam-e-Kaaba said it was an important occasion as he was present among people with whom he has close relationship. He said the sentiments expressed by Shahbaz would always remain in his heart. He said after coming here he has realised the love of Pakistanis for him and Saudi Arabia. He said the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are everlasting. He said he acquired religious education from Pakistani clerics and he learnt by heart the holy Quran from Pakistani scholar Sheikh Hafeezur Rehman.

The Imam-e-Kaaba praised Pakistan’s support to Saudi Arabia and hailed efforts for promotion of religious education in the country.

The imam and CM also had one-on-one meeting after the former reached at the Model Town residence of the CM and exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest and Pakistan-Saudi relations.

The event was also attended by Senator Prof Sajid Mir, Rana Sanaullah, Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Tahir Ashrafi, Hanif Jallandhri, Jamia Ashrafia’s Fazlur Rehman and Jamia Naimia’s Raghib Hussain Naeemi.

Shahbaz said that the kingdom has a role in the economic development of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has always stood with the country in its time of trial.

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