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Ahsan Iqbal confirms holding Saudi Arabia work permit from 2004-06

ISLAMABAD: After pictures of his Saudi Arab iqama circulated on social media, the Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has confirmed holding the kingdom’s work/residence permit for two years, Samaa reported Wednesday. “I worked in Madinah Monawarah 2004-06 afterwards retained iqama without receiving any compensation for frequent travel hence no illegal act,” he…

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Video: All you need to know about an Iqama…

ISLAMABAD: After Iqamas of Prime Minister Sharif, Ishaq Dar and Khawaja Asif came to the fore, it’s important you get to know what really is an Iqama.  In essence, Saudi Arabia or any other Khaleej state does not grant citizenship to any foreign worker but for the duration of his stay in the country, an Iqama…

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Erdogan sees progress in Qatar crisis, says more time needed

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said his visit to the Gulf region made a contribution to easing the crisis surrounding Ankara’s ally Qatar, but indicated that more time was needed to end the standoff.

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Saudi Hajj ministry to launch electronic online services

JEDDAH: The Saudi Hajj Ministry website would launch a new local Hajj online electronic service as part of its efforts to provide a low-cost Hajj for Saudis and expatriates. The chairman of the local Hajj committee, Saad Al-Qurashi, talking to Arab News informed that the website to book local low-cost Haj services would be available…

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Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince’s dismissal

JEDDAH: A source close to Saudi Arabia’s rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month. MbN, as he is known, was dismissed by the royal family “in the higher interests of the state” because he was incapacitated by morphine and cocaine…

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Tillerson ‘satisfied’ with Qatar’s progress in resolving crisis

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday he was satisfied with Qatar’s efforts to resolve a diplomatic crisis that has pitted it against Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

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UN blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly Yemen strike

The United Nations on Friday blamed a Saudi-led coalition for a deadly air strike on civilians in Yemen this week, saying there were no military targets in the area hit. The attack on Tuesday in the Mawza district of the southwestern province of Taez killed at least 20 people, including four children, according to residents….

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Saudi Arabia announces vaccination rules for Hajj pilgrims

Jeddah, MINA: Saudi Arabia has issued the vaccination and health requirements for pilgrims applying for Hajj visas, according to a Ministry of Health official. The requirements for this year focus on the likes of the Zika virus, dengue, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, polio and vaccination against seasonal influenza. Vaccination…

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Saudi police release Snapchat ‘model in skirt’ without charge

Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom, the government said Wednesday. The ministry of information said police had released the woman Tuesday night and the prosector had closed the case. Police said Tuesday they were questioning the woman after she…

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Zakir Naik is probably a stateless person now

NEW DELHI: The passport of Zakir Naik, the Indian cleric facing investigations for terror and money laundering charges, has been revoked at the request of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after he failed to respond to a show-cause notice issued to him, officials said. The notice issued to Zakir Naik had asked him to make…

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Saudi police arrest woman for skirt video

DUBAI: A Saudi woman has been arrested for a video that was widely shared online which showed her strolling along an empty street wearing a skirt and crop top, Saudi state TV channel Ekhbariya reported on Tuesday. The clip had incensed some social media users in the conservative Muslim kingdom who vented their anger using…

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PM Nawaz meets Qatari Foreign Minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday met with the Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrehman Al-Thani to discuss matters pertaining to the region.  Nawaz Sharif and the Qatari Foreign Minister held discussions on the subject of the recent Gulf diplomatic crisis after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut ties with Qatar, cutting all…

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Saudi woman walks around in miniskirt and crop top in public

DUBAI: A young Saudi woman sparked a sensation online over the weekend by posting a video of herself in a miniskirt and crop top walking around in public, with some Saudis calling for her arrest and others rushing to her defense, reported Daily Mail. State-linked news websites reported on Monday that officials in the deeply…

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Boycott nations demand FIFA strips Qatar of 2022 World Cup – report

SWITZERLAND: The six Arab countries who last month cut ties with Qatar are reported to have written to world soccer’s governing body FIFA to demand it be stripped of hosting the 2022 World Cup because they consider the Gulf state to be a “base of terrorism”. The Swiss website The Local reported that Saudi Arabia,…

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Arab states say Qatar-US terror accord ‘insufficient’

RIYADH: An agreement between Qatar and the United States on combating terror funding is “insufficient”, the four Arab states that imposed sanctions on the emirate said in a joint statement Tuesday.

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Saudi Arabia to introduce physical education for schoolgirls

RIYADH: Saudi public schools will begin offering physical education for girls in the coming academic year, the kingdom’s education ministry announced on Tuesday, a long-awaited step toward social reform in the Islamic kingdom. Physical education for women is controversial in Saudi Arabia, where conservatives consider it immodest, and it is not mandatory. It is not…

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Tillerson looks to defuse Qatar crisis on Gulf tour

KUWAIT CITY: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived Monday in Kuwait, the key mediator between Qatar and its Arab neighbours, for talks aimed at defusing the Gulf’s worst crisis in years.

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Britain’s arms exports to Saudi ‘lawful’: court

LONDON: Britain’s High Court ruled on Monday that UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia are not unlawful, after campaigners argued the weapons were used to violate international humanitarian law in bombing Yemen. “We have concluded that the material decisions of the secretary of state were lawful. We therefore dismiss the claim,” Lord Justice Burnett said…

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Hajj flight operations to start from July 25

ISLAMABAD: Hajj flight operations to transport Hujjaj from Pakistan to holy land of Saudi Arabia will start from July 25 and will continue for a month. According to sources of Ministry of Religious Affairs, the schedule of Hajj flight operations will be posted on the ministry’s website and the intending pilgrims will be informed about…

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Raheel Sharif returns to Pakistan

LAHORE: Former army chief general (retd.) Raheel Sharif returned to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia on Friday, Samaa reported. He will stay in Pakistan for two days. The former army chief landed in Lahore via private airliner. According to reports, he is in Pakistan due to personal reasons.

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Saudi, allies slam Qatar non-compliance as threat to security

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and its allies on Friday criticised Qatar’s refusal to accept conditions to end the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years as a threat to regional security.

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