Pakistan values its time-tested and all weather friendship with Saudi Arabia: NA Speaker

Islamabad, December 05, 2019 (PPI-OT): Kashmir issue warrants an immediate resolution otherwise would lead to a human catastrophe. Saudi Arabia supports the early resolution of the issue in accordance with the aspiration of people of Kashmir and UN resolution. This was stated by Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al- Sheikh, Chairman of the Shura Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House along with a delegation comprising Members of the Saudi Shura Council.

The Chairman Shura Council said that hearts of Saudi nation thump with their Kashmiri Brethren and their plight cannot be overlooked. He extended the Saudi support for holding an International Parliamentary Conference on Kashmir for drawing attention of the world community towards the Indian atrocities and the predicaments of Kashmiri people. He said that the situation in Kashmir was further aggravating and immediate attention of the world was required to mitigate human sufferings. It was agreed that the International Parliamentary Conference would be held early next year in Islamabad.

The Speaker Asad Qaiser while talking his Saudi Counterpart said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy brotherly relations and the same transcends to the legislatures of the both the countries and have supported each other on international and regional parliamentary forums. The Speaker said that Pakistan attaches immense importance to its time tested and all weather friendship with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He said that the brotherly relations between the two countries were intertwined in bonds of religion, history and culture. Paying gratitude to the Saudi Leadership, the Speaker said that they have always stood by Pakistan whenever needed.

Apprising the Chairman Saudi Shura about the present state of affairs in Kashmir, Speaker Asad Qaiser said that 123-days old lockdown in the Kashmir Valley had brought the Held Valley at the brink of a worst human catastrophe. He said that India had always backtracked from its international commitments, denied their constitutional rights and even was using force on innocent Kashmiris to suppress their genuine demand. The Speaker said that Kashmir issue is unfinished agenda of the patrician plan of India and required indulgence of International Community for its resolution. He also suggested for holding an International Parliamentary Conference on Kashmir to draw attention of the international community towards the issue and asked for Saudi Support in that regard.

Speaker National Assembly and Chairman Saudi Shura agreed for enhancing parliamentary interaction between both the legislative bodies. Saudi Shura Chairman suggested for active interaction between Standing Committees on Commerce, Trade and investment for suggesting ways and means for enhancing bilateral commercial, investment and trade activities. He said that immense opportunities exist in Pakistan and Saudi investors would certainly like to participate in the commercial activates for mutual benefit of both the nations. Speaker Asad Qaiser suggested for enhancing quota for Pakistani manpower in Saudi Arabia. He also expressed his gratitude to the Saudi Government for release of prisoners jailed in Saudi Arabia on petty issues.

Later, the Chairman Saudi Shura inscribed his remarks in the Guest book placed in the Hall of Honour of the National Assembly. The Chairman and his delegation also visited the National Assembly Hall.

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