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Saudi Arabia opens Makkah to Medina high-speed train

It targets 60 million passengers annually

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September 26, 2018


Not so fast on the Islamic welfare state promise

News is floating around that the incoming new PTI government will, in the next few weeks, take loans from the IMF to shore up the weakening Pakistan economy. The number being thrown around is $12 billion to $15 billion. Question: Will the new Pakistani government be able to fulfill its promise to make Pakistan an…

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August 10, 2018


The year’s first Hajj flight has taken off from Karachi

The first Hajj flight took off on Saturday morning from Karachi for Madina. Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-7001 left from Karachi carrying over 300 pilgrims under the government’s Hajj scheme early Saturday morning. Another flight, PK-7003, left from the federal capital to Saudi Arabia with 327 pilgrims. Ministry of religious affairs and Auqaf officials, airport…

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July 14, 2018


Frenchman commits suicide at Makkah’s Grand Mosque

A Frenchman has committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Islam’s holiest city of Makkah, Saudi and French officials said Saturday. “A foreigner threw himself from the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah” to the courtyard below, “resulting in his instant death,” Saudi police told the official SPA…

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June 9, 2018


Saudi Arabia to launch investment firms for Mecca, Medina

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund on Monday announced plans to set up two investment companies to develop infrastructure in Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest cities. The state-run PIF announced the creation of Rou’a Al-Haram and Rou’a Al-Madinah for Mecca and Medina respectively, where the annual number of visitors is expected to triple by…

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October 2, 2017


Hajj operation to commence from 24th July

ISLAMABAD: Hajj operation will begin on 24th of this month and will continue till 26th of next month. According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the first Hajj flight will take off from Islamabad for Madina. The intending pilgrims can check their flight schedule on Ministry’s website www.hajiinfo.org. – APP

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July 15, 2017


PM calls for accord among Islamic countries to eliminate terrorism

  MADINA MUNAWWARAH: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday called for an accord among the Islamic countries to eliminate the menace of terrorism, that was affecting the world peace. “With a financial cost of around US$ 120 billion and thousands of precious human lives, Pakistan has suffered a lot due to this scourge,” the…

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May 22, 2017


WATCH: Pakistanis among 46 persons arrested over Medina suicide blast

Saudi authorities have arrested 46 persons including several Pakistanis over their alleged involvement in 2016 Medina suicide attack which killed four security personnel.

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May 1, 2017


All Pakistanis safe after Saudi blasts

Manzoorul Haq, Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has said that no Pakistani was hurt in twin explosions in Medina and Qatif. He, however, said that the Pakistani embassy is being obtaining the details of the incident. Watch what he had to say.

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July 5, 2016


Iran threatens ‘fierce’ reaction if Saudi does not return Hajj dead

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened a “fierce” reaction Wednesday if Saudi Arabia does not quickly repatriate victims of last week’s Hajj stampede. “Saudi officials are failing to do their duties,” Khamenei said in a speech to graduating navy officers, following delays in the return of at least 239 Iranian bodies, accusing some…

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September 30, 2015