The admirable relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan has been strong historically and the two countries are on extremely friendly terms. During recent times, both countries have exchanged high-level delegates and have brought together ideas on how to further expand the cooperation in education, trade, tourism, agriculture, and communications.
Imran Khan’s Visit to Saudi Arabia: The newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan visited Saudi Arabia on 2 days tour where he performed Umrah and met King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This was the first tour of the Prime Minister to any country in the world and it tells many stories between the lines.
The relationship between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia does not need an intro. They have been helping each other for a long time. We have given highlights of a recent interview given by Imran Khan to a Saudi news channel below.
Why did you choose Saudi Arabia as a first country to Visit? I am visiting Saudi Arabia because I was kindly invited by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and as a Muslim, I should visit Makkah and Madinah. And, of course, historically whenever a leader wins an election in Pakistan, the first visit is always to Saudi Arabia.
Houthi intervention in Saudi Arabia: When the Prime Minister of Pakistan was asked about their views on the fact that Houthis have been regularly firing missiles to Saudi Arabia he said that, “This is a stated position of all our governments that we will not allow anyone to attack Saudi Arabia. We will stand by Saudi Arabia.”
How do you see the Anti-Corruption drive of Crown Prince? We praise anti-corruption drive in Saudi Arabia. Corruption is the main reason why countries remain poor. I keep repeating that countries don’t remain poor because of lack of resources, they become poor because of corruption.
How do you see the future relations with Saudi Arabia? First of all, Pakistanis want to assure the people of Saudi Arabia that we will stand with Saudi Arabia because Saudi Arabia has stood with us in bad times. We will always stand by Saudi Arabia whenever it faces a difficult time.
During his visit, the Holy Kaaba was also opened for the Prime Minister to offer prayer.
Pak Saudi Relationship in the History: This is not the first time that the two countries have helped each other. After the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, Saudi Arabia donated upwards of $300 million. They also provided 4,000 ready built houses to Pakistan through Saudi public assistance authorities.
The cost of the houses is reported to be around $17 million, along with which hundreds of thousands of quilts, blankets, mattresses, tents, and food was donated to the disaster-stricken country.
Prime Minsiter Imran Khan preformed Umrah where he was received warmly by the people. The doors of Kaaba were opened for the Pakistani delegation#PMIK
Posted by Imran Khan (official) on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Many Pakistani citizens are openly supporting Pakistan’s decision in sending their troops to Saudi Arabia if needed. They believe that each threat to Saudi Arabia should be treated as a threat to Islam by Pakistan government. There are many reasons for this love for Saudi Arabia.
- Most importantly, Makkah and Madina are in Saudi Arabia and each Muslim has a strong association with these cities.
- Secondly, Saudi Arabia has been helping for a long time in its difficulties. Whenever Pakistan needs anything, they look at Saudi Arabia for the aid and Saudi Arabia never disappoints them.
- There are more than 2 million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia and a threat to Saudi Arabia is a threat to these Pakistanis. Long Live Saudi Arabia!
Source: Saudi Gazette