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Saudi king restores civil service and military allowances: TV

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal decree on Saturday restoring financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures.

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12 soldiers dead as Saudi helicopter goes down in Yemen

Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition fighting Yemeni rebels said in a statement. The Saudi Black Hawk “fell during operations in the province of Marib” east of Sanaa, the coalition said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency, without…

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Saudi Arabia hails Turkey referendum ‘success’

Turkey’s ally Saudi Arabia on Monday praised the “success” of a referendum giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers. The cabinet, at its weekly meeting, voiced “congratulations to President Erdogan of Turkey and the Turkish people on the success of the referendum regarding constitutional reforms,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The cabinet said…

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Saudi-let military alliance not yet formed: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif on Thursday said that resolution adopted during the joint session of Parliament to stay out of the war in Yemen would be followed but protection to territory of Saudi Arabia would be ensured. Responding to an adjournment motion submitted by PTI lawmakers to discuss Pakistan’s membership of the…

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Monitor says Syria drops barrel bombs despite U.S. warning; Syria denies

DAMASCUS: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes in Syria. A Syrian military source denied the Observatory report and said the army did not use barrel…

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Pakistan not to be part of alliance against any Muslim state: Asif

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Tuesday reiterated Pakistan’s resolve of not becoming part of any alliance against another Muslim state. “Pakistan will not become part of any agreement which is against another Muslim state. We are bound to parliamentary dictate adopted in a resolution during the Yemen crisis,” he said in…

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Raheel Sharif to play a pivotal role in Islamic military alliance: Imam e Kaaba

ISLAMABAD: General (retd) Raheel Sharif experience and vast knowledge will play a pivotal role in countering terrorism, said Imam-E-Kaaba Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammad Al Talib on Saturday.

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Imam-e-Ka’aba, Saudi religious minister arrive in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Sheikh Saleh Bin Muhammed Bin Ibrahim, the Imam of Ka’aba has arrived in Peshwar to attend an Islamic conference, SAMAA reported. The Imam of Ka’aba is accompanied by Saudi religious affairs minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz Al ash-Sheik. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman warmly greeted the…

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Raheel Sharif not to act against Iran: Foreign Secretary

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has said that Islamabad is committed to its policy of non-interference in the conflicts of Muslim countries. She clarified that Saudi-led military alliance is not against any country. According to our correspondent, the Foreign Secretary has assured the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that General Raheel Sharif…

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Raheel Sharif to assume command of military alliance: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former army chief, retired General Raheel Sharif, has been allowed by the government to assume command of a Saudi Arabia-led military alliance of 39 Muslim states. It was disclosed by Defence Minister Khwaja Asif during a private news TV programme. He said the government has agreed to give a no-objection certificate to the…

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Weary flyers shrug as Middle East laptop ban takes off

DUBAI/DOHA: A controversial ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on flights from the Middle East to the United States and Britain went into effect Saturday — with less fanfare and frustration than expected. From Dubai to Doha, passengers on dozens of flights checked in their electronic devices, many shrugging off the measure as yet another…

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Transgender in Saudi Arabia died of cardiac arrest, Senate told

ISLAMABAD:  Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday informed the Senate that the cause of death of a Pakistani transgender in Saudi Arabia was cardiac arrest. Responding to a point of public importance raised by Farhatullah Babar, the Advisor said transgender Amin Aziz was illegally staying in Saudi Arabia and…

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Iran pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj: Saudi

RIYADH: Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year. “The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure Iranian pilgrims perform hajj 1438 according to the procedures followed by all Muslim countries,” the official Saudi Press Agency…

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Rs.234 million released for Pakistanis affected in Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human resource Development Pir Sadar-ud-Din on Wednesday said the government has released Rs. 234 million as assistance for the Pakistanis who came back from Saudi Arabia after remaining stranded due to non-payment of dues. Responding to a Calling Attention Notice, the minister said, the government made allout efforts to…

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Saudi to boost ‘decent and proper’ jobs for women

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is aiming for a major boost in female employment in the kingdom but women need not go to an office, the labour ministry said. “Telework” and work from home will generate up to 141,000 jobs by 2020, providing “decent and proper” employment particularly for women and the disabled, the ministry said in…

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Saudi Arabia introduces new laws for Hajj, Umrah, visit visas

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has introduced new laws for Hajj, Umrah, work permit and visit visas. The new laws have been implemented with immediate effect. Heavy punishments and fines have been proposed for those staying after expiry of visas, private news channel reported. A plenty of 25000 Riyal for over-stay on first time, 50000 Riyal on…

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Two Pakistani transgender persons tortured to death in Saudi Arabia

KARACHI: Two transgender Pakistanis have allegedly been beaten to death by police in Saudi Arabia after being arrested. The two were arrested, along with 33 other people, in the capital city of Riyadh for cross-dressing in public, which is a punishable crime in Saudi Arabia. The two victims, identified as Meeno, 26, and Amna, 35,…

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Iran says Saudi, Israel working to damage country

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday criticised what it said was coordination between Israel and regional rival Saudi Arabia, describing attempts to create an “international atmosphere” against Tehran. Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the two countries “imagine they can compensate for their numerous defeats and failures in the region by creating an international atmosphere against our…

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Pakistanis deportation from Saudi Arabia exaggerated: FO

ISLAMABAD: Spokesperson of Foreign Office Nafees Zakaria, Thursday said the figure of 39,000 Pakistanis deported from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as reported in the media, was exaggerated. During the weekly briefing, he said the most of Pakistanis in KSA jails were those who had violated local Saudi laws including those who abscond their local Kafeels….

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Saudi Arabia deports 39,000 Pakistanis

Some 39,000 Pakistani nationals have been deported from Saudi Arabia in the past four months for visa violations even as a top security official has ordered a “thorough scrutiny” of Pakistanis allowed into the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia deported about 39,000 Pakistanis from the Kingdom in the past four months for violating the rules of residence…

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Tax-free days ending for Saudis after oil slump

Tax-free living will soon be a thing of the past for Saudis after cabinet on Monday approved an IMF-backed value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf following an oil slump. Residents of the energy-rich region had long enjoyed a tax-free and heavily subsidised existence but the collapse in crude prices since 2014 sparked cutbacks…

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