Pak, Saudi relations are faith-based: Imam
OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Imam of Masjid Al-Haram, Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Dr Abdullah Awad Al Juhany called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at PM Office here on Monday.
Imam-e-Kaba said relationships of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were not merely diplomatic but based on faith.
He said the security of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is interlined and both countries could not remain cut off from each other.
He added Pakistan was Saudi Arabia’s strength and hearts of two nations beat together. He stressed for frequent exchanges between the two countries in various fields.
Earlier in the day, Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Dr Abdullah Awad al Juhany met President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani and Speaker of National Assembly Asad Qaiser.
President Dr Arif Alvi, while talking to Imam-e-Kaaba Sheikh Dr Abdullah Awad Al Juhany said Pakistan greatly values its relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, reported Radio Pakistan.
President Alvi reiterated the shared bonds of history, culture, traditions, faith and values between both the countries.
Recalling the successful visit of the Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to Pakistan, the president said the crown prince had won the hearts of Pakistanis by his generous offer of support to the community.
He also showed appreciation Saudi Arabia for its support to Pakistani pilgrims visiting the Kingdom for Hajj and Umrah every year.
He also welcomed the Kingdom’s decision to increase Hajj quota for Pakistan to 200,000 and the inclusion of Pakistan in its ‘Road to Mecca initiative. President Alvi hoped that the project will be extended to all Pakistani airports for Hajj in 2020.
In meeting with COAS, Imam-e-Kaaba expressed that Pakistan has a momentous place in the Muslim world and appreciated Pakistan’s positive role for regional peace and stability. Both stressed upon the need for intensifying efforts to enhance peace and harmony in the Muslim world.
While talking to Imam-e- Ka’aba Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said that the Muslim world was facing multiple challenges at present and we have to create unity among our ranks and shun our differences to overcome these challenges. While appreciating the role of KSA to unite the Muslim Ummah, he said that unity and close cooperation between Muslim countries is the need of the hour.
He said that KSA and Pakistan can defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism by enhancing cooperation and collaboration at all forums. He mentioned that the recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA has strengthened the bilateral relations between both the nations.
The Speaker eulogized the efforts of Imam-e-Ka’aba in spreading peace and great values of Islam all across the world. He said that KSA role in the world to resolve the conflict is exemplary. Stressing the need for enhancing bilateral Parliamentary relations between both the nations, the Speaker said that Parliament of Pakistan is committed to strengthen the relation between Pakistan and KSA.
Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani has said that the success in this world and hereafter would be possible by following the teachings of Islam. He mentioned that deviation from the golden principles of Islam and differences in the ranks of Muslim Ummah are the causes of the increasing terrorism, extremism and other challenges being faced by the Ummah.
Imam-e-Kaba led the Zuhar prayer at Speaker House and prayed for the peace and progress of Ummah. Later on Speaker National Assembly hosted luncheon in the honour of Imam-e- Ka’aba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani.