Chairman Majlis-e-Shura Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H. E. Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Al-Sheikh called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today.
Warmly welcoming the Chairman, the Prime Minister said that the Government and the people of Pakistan hold the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in high esteem. The bilateral relations between Pakistan and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are deep rooted in common faith, culture, history and heritage, the Prime Minister stated.
Chairman Majlis-e-Shura Kingdom of Saudi Arabia H. E. Sheikh Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Al-Sheikh thanked the Prime Minister for a warm welcome and extended compliments and best wishes on behalf of the Custodian of the Holy Mosques. He stated that exchange of parliamentary delegations is important not only for sharing expertise and parliamentary experience but it would also strengthen the bonds of friendship between our two brotherly countries as both sides share perceptions and cooperate on issues of mutual interest at regional and international level.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that democracy in Pakistan is flourishing and today’s Parliament is much more democratic as well as vibrant as compared to past. The Prime Minister added that PML–N not only secured a big victory in recent local body elections but also stood victorious in almost all the bi – elections, which is a reflection of its popularity amongst the Pakistani masses.
The Prime Minister said that the PML- N government inherited major challenges like power crises, worsening law and order condition and deteriorating economic conditions. However, through sheer hard work our team has been able steer the country in much better position as compared to two and half years ago. He said that Pakistan’s foreign reserve account is highest in history, and there is zero load-shedding in industrial sector and much reduced load shedding for domestic users. The operation Zarb e Azb launched after the political consensus has yielded many fruitful results and that the terrorist are now on the run and hitting soft targets, added the PM.
Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Al-Sheikh lauded the economic turnaround achieved by Pakistan and appreciated the investor friendly policies of the present government and expressed confidence that under the leadership of the prime minister the country will eventually come out of these challenges on permanent basis.
Earlier in the meeting the Chairman Majlis-e-Shura Kingdom of Saudi Arabia extended his heartfelt condolences on loss of innocent lives in Lahore blast and refuted such terrorist’s acts in strongest terms.
The Saudi delegation included H.E. Dr. Saad Mohammad Al-Haraiqi, Member Shura Council, H.E. Dr. Abdullah Hamad Al-Harbi, Member Shura Council, H.E. Dr. Faleh Mohammad Al-Sagheer, Member Shura Council, and H.E. Mr. Abdullah Marzouq Al-Zahrani, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan. Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan and other senior officials of the government were also present in the meeting.