MBS Visit to Pakistan; A game changer
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman arrived on a two day visit to Islamabad on Sunday 17th Feb 2019. Right after entering Pakistan royal aircraft was escorted by formations of JF-17 and F-16 of Pakistan Air Force Upon his arrival at Nur Khan Airbase presented 21-gun salute, Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, members of the federal cabinet and senior executives. After that, PM Imran Khan driven him to PM house by himself.
This long awaited visit was historic; every Pakistani was keenly waiting for Crown prince. This visit will diversify the brotherly relation between two countries. The two leaders had one-on-one talks in Islamabad, followed by the signing of investment deals in the areas of petrochemicals, energy, minerals, sports, and other important sectors worth 20 bn dollars. The predictable Saudi investment that includes a refinery at Gwadar the heart of the CPEC will lift the country on the way to growth and make the CPEC far broader and strategically important. The company of Crown Prince in Pakistan’s walk towards new future and that he will help Pakistan to achieve its strategic goal.
PM Imran has undoubtedly worked hard to highlight his vision of a new Pakistan and his policies that will navigate the country out of its transient problems and in new directions. He appreciated consistent support of Saudi Arabia in difficult times that stood beside Pakistan. He said that our relation will reach new heights after this. The PM also requested the Saudi prince to ease immigration process for Hajj pilgrims from Pakistan and 3,000 Pakistanis in Saudi prisons ought to be released. The crown prince assured the prime minister of every form of collaboration in this regard and further passed the executive order of release of 2107 prisoners. The life of Pakistanis working at Saudi Arabia will get much better.
His visit in the current scenario when India is blaming Pakistan for pulwama attack and threatening of war, is of great importance. This will open several new horizons of mutual cooperation between both countries. Pakistan is in a dire need of foreign investments to provide boost to economy as PM said “it’s a best time to invest in Pakistan so don’t miss the boat”.
Dr. Nabeel Alvi (Pharmacist by profession and writer by choice)
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