President confers Nishan-e-Pakistan on Saudi Crown Prince

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was conferred upon highest civilian award “Nishan-e-Pakistan at an impressive investiture ceremony at the President House.

President Dr Arif Alvi conferred upon the award.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal ministers, parliamentarians, and services chiefs were also present on the occasion.

Later, President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, developing, and elimination of corruption.

Addressing a luncheon ceremony held in honor of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Islamabad today, President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have similar directions for peace in the region, development, and elimination of corruption.

He said it is a very golden era for Pakistan as it is open for investment.

The President said we bravely fought terrorism and we are now standing at an era, where there will be increasing prosperity and peace in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the region.

He thanked the Crown Prince for signing various Memorandums of Understanding for huge investment in Pakistan. He said it is the first phase of Saudi investments and the second phase will take place soon.

Dr Arif Alvi said like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has huge tourism potential as it is situated at the crossroad of various regions.

He invited Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to visit Pakistan and urged Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to visit northern areas of Pakistan, which present one of the best mountain attractions in the world.

Speaking on the occasion, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said brotherly relationships between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are focused on the principle of Islamic solidarity.

He acknowledged contribution of Pakistani diaspora for the development of Saudi Arabia, especially in the expansion project of the Grand Mosque and Masjid-e-Nabavi. He said over two million Pakistanis are working in Saudi Arabia and contributing a lot in the development of the kingdom and Pakistan.

Earlier, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman arrived at the President House in the traditional Presidential chariot along with Prime Minister Imran Khan.

A special contingent of Presidential security guards escorted the chariot.

President Dr Arif Alvi, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain warmly received the Crown Prince at the main gate of the President House.

Upon arrival, a bouquet of flowers was presented to the Saudi guest.

A formal meeting was held between the President and the Saudi Crown Prince, along with their respective delegations.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has left for Noor Khan airbase, after completing his two-day historic visit to Pakistan.

President Dr Arif Alvi and members of the federal cabinet saw off the Saudi guest.

Earlier, Army band presented its performance before the royal guest.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is himself driving the vehicle of Prince Mohammad bin Salman.