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SAPM Bukhari urges Saudi Arabia to extend visas, increase flights

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari has urged Saudi Arabia to further extend the iqama expiration date and allow more PIA flights. Bukhari held an online meeting through video link

Saudi Arabia to gradually resume Umrah from Oct 4

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims residing inside the country to undertake the Umrah pilgrimage beginning on 4th October after a seven-month gap. Saudi Arabia suspended Umrah in March and later scaled back the Hajj to prevent the spread of

Umrah services to resume in phased manner: Saudi Minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will lift the suspension of Umrah services and visits to the holy sites in a phased manner after nine months of closure due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. Mohammed Saleh Benten, Saudi Minister of Hajj and

Saudi Arabia to lift travel restrictions after Jan 1

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will completely lift restrictions on citizens leaving and returning to the Kingdom and allowing the opening of land, sea and airports after January 1, 2021. The Saudi government will soon announce a plan to gradually resume Umrah

After Saudi Arabia, Bahrain allows UAE-Israel flights over its airspace

MANAMA: Bahrain will allow all flights coming to and departing from the United Arab Emirates to cross through its airspace. The statement apparently allows Israeli flights after neighboring Saudi Arabia issued a similar announcement without directly naming Israel. The announcement

Saudi military commander sacked over corruption charges

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has sacked a top military commander and his son after an anti-corruption probe. Joint forces commander Prince Fahad bin Turki — a senior royal family member — and Abdulaziz bin Fahad, the deputy emir of northern Al-Jouf

Man from Saudi Arabia takes ride on whale shark in Red Sea

YANBU: A video of a man from Saudi Arabia riding an endangered whale has left social media users bewildered. The video was captured near the port city of Yanbu in Saudi Arabia, reports the Gulf News. The shocking scenes were

No rift in relations between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on Thursday denied any rift in the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Addressing a weekly news briefing, the spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar

No Israel deal without Palestinian peace, says Saudi Arabia

BERLIN: Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it would not follow the United Arab Emirates and establish diplomatic ties with Israel until the Jewish state had sealed a peace accord with the Palestinians. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan told reporters

COAS Gen Bajwa arrives in Saudi Arabia to revive ties

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday amid a row between the two countries. General Bajwa arrived in Riyadh at 10 AM, the Pakistan embassy in Riyadh said. He is accompanied by

Saudi Aramco profit crashes 73% amid signs of recovery

RIYADH: State oil giant Saudi Aramco’s profit has plunged 73 percent in the second quarter of the year amid a slump in energy demand and prices due to the coronavirus crisis. All major oil companies have taken a hit in

Setback in Saudi relations

It seems that relations with Saudi Arabia have suffered a setback. Pakistan is frustrated at the failure of the Saudi-led OIC to hold a meeting on Kashmir and has hinted on taking a separate direction. The statement by Foreign Minister

Gen Bajwa expresses grief over demise of Saudi deputy defence minister

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has expressed grief over the sad demise of Assistant Defence Minister Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Ayesh. The army chief extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family

Shehbaz Sharif slams FM Qureshi’s statement on Saudi relations

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif criticised the recent statement by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi regarding relations with Saudi Arabia. In a tweet, the PML-N leader said the foreign minister’s

Pakistan pays back $1 billion loan to Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has paid back a $1 billion loan to Saudi Arabia. The country paid back $1 billion out of a $3 billion loan that it secured one and a half years ago to avoid default on international debt obligations.

Saudi King Salman leaves hospital, tweets Eid greetings

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz tweeted Eid-ul-Azha greetings early on Friday shortly after leaving hospital. King Salman, who is the custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, had left the King Faisal hospital on Thursday after undergoing surgery to remove

Muslims pilgrims begin downsized Hajj amid pandemic

MAKKAH: Muslim pilgrims begin the annual Hajj that has been dramatically downsized this year as Saudi Arabia strives to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the pilgrimage. The Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for

First batch of Hajj pilgrims start arriving in Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia will on Wednesday begin hosting the annual Hajj pilgrimage that has dramatically downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic and has barred millions of international pilgrims for the first time in modern history. Up to 10,000 people residing

General Bajwa calls MBS, inquires about Saudi King’s health

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to inquire about Saudi King Salman’s health. According to Saudi media, the army chief wished speedy recovery of the Saudi King and

Makkah Grand Mosque to remain closed during Eid-ul-Azha

JEDDAH: The Grand Mosque (Masjid-ul-Haram) in Makkah will remain closed to worshipers on Arafat Day and Eid-ul-Azha as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic. “We have mainly focused on the health aspect this year

Saudi officials announce ‘very limited’ Hajj from July 29

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have announced that this year’s Hajj will start on 29th July after it was scaled back to include only around 1,000 pilgrims due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s Hajj will be held under strict hygiene protocols,

Qatar wins air blockade case at top UN court

THE HAGUE: The UN’s top court has backed Qatar in a bitter row with four Middle East nations that imposed an air blockade on the nation. The decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) covers a standoff that erupted

World’s biggest camel hospital inaugurated in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The world’s biggest camel hospital inaugurated in Saudi Arabia which will also have a modern research facility to diagnose diseases related to camels. Qassim Governor Prince Faisal bin Mishaal inaugurated the Salam Veterinary Hospital in Buraidah. He said the

Saudi Arabia issues coronavirus guidelines for Hajj

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has set mandatory guidelines and health protocols for pilgrims performing during this year’s Hajj which has been limited due to coronavirus pandemic. The National Centre for Disease Prevention and Control unveiled health protocols for the Hajj season,

106-year-old Saudi woman survives coronavirus

RIYADH: A Saudi woman aged 106 has recovered from COVID-19 after contracting the potentially fatal disease. The woman, a resident of the Saudi border city of Arar, had displayed symptoms of the new coronavirus while suffering from diabetes and high

WHO chief lauds Saudi Arabia’s decision to host limited Hajj

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it supported Saudi Arabia’s move to hold a limited Hajj this year, saying that putting health first is a choice all countries must make during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking during a press conference

Saudi Arabia imposes ban on entry of Iqama holders

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has imposed a ban on the entry of iqama holders into the kingdom for an unidentified period as part of precautionary measures against the coronavirus. The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) announced that the mechanism to resume

Saudi Arabia limits numbers of Hajj pilgrimage this year

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has announced that Haj 2020 will be held but with a very limited number of pilgrims by taking precautionary measures due to novel coronavirus pandemic. As per details, only Saudi nationals and expatriates of various nationalities will

Saudi Arabia allows mosques to reopen from tomorrow

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced to resume all the mosques across the Kingdom from tomorrow with compulsory precautionary measures. The authority has ordered all the worshipers to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Saudi Ministry

Saudi Arabia reports highest COVID-19 cases since outbreak

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has reported the highest number of cases since the outbreak of the pandemic as international flights remained suspended in the country. The kingdom reported a record jump in new coronavirus cases on Sunday with 4,233 more people