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Watch: Raheel Sharif’s sword dance in Saudi Arabia

Former army chief of Pakistan, General (retd) Raheel Sharif, who is in Saudi Arabia nowadays, joined a traditional male-only sword dance at a royal wedding in the kingdom. Watch this video…

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Saudi women to start own business without male permission

RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia can now open their own businesses without the consent of a husband or male relative, as the kingdom pushes to expand a fast-growing private sector. The policy change, announced by the Saudi government on Thursday, also marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the…

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Pak-Saudi joint naval exercises conclude

RIYADH: Exercise Naseem Al Bahr XI (NAB), between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) concluded in Saudi Arabian waters off Al Jubail, KSA. The Exercise was scheduled from 09 to 17 Feb 18. The exercise NAB comprised of practical demonstrations of Fast Boat Attacks, various formations, maneuvering drills, defence against asymmetric attacks using…

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Pakistan to station army contingent in Saudi Arabia: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan army contingent will be stationed in Saudi Arabia on a ‘training and advisory mission’, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The announcement followed a meeting between Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador, Nawaf Saeed Al-Maliki, and Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa earlier today (Thursday) at General Headquarters Rawalpindi. Matters of mutual interest including…

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1st phase of Pak-Saudi exercise concludes

KARACHI: The first phase of Joint Special Operation Forces Maritime exercise Aff’aa Al Sahil being held at Karachi between Pakistan Navy (PN-SOF) and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF-SOF) has concluded. During the First phase, series of land and harbour exercises were scheduled; wherein, Maritime Special Operations were rehearsed prior exercises at sea in second phase….

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Oman stops issuing expat visas

MUSCAT: Oman has issued a six-month ban on the issuance of work visas for expatriates in ten sectors, including information systems, engineering, aviation and certain technical professions. The complete list of sectors covered by the temporary ban is: information systems, sales, marketing, administration, human resources, insurance, media, airports, engineering and technical professions. According to Times…

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Expats in Saudi Arabia banned from jobs in 12 sectors

RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has imposed a restriction on the expatriates from working in 12 sectors from the next Hijri year. According to Jeddah-based newspaper Saudi Gazette, Saudi Labour and Social Development Minister Ali Al-Ghafees on Monday issued a ministerial decision in this regard in an attempt to ‘create more job opportunities for…

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Medical student murder suspect fled to Saudi Arabia: police

KOHAT: A key suspect involved in the killing of a female medical student for turning down down his marriage proposal has escaped to Saudi Arabia on Umrah pilgrimage, police said on Monday. Aasma Rani, a third-year MBBS student of Abbottabad Medical College, was fatally shot in her hometown of Kohat on Saturday. The accused Mujahid…

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Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed freed after ‘settlement’

Billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed was released on Saturday after nearly three months in detention following a financial “settlement” with authorities, a government source told AFP. “The attorney general this morning approved the settlement with Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal,” paving the way for his release, the source said without disclosing any figures. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal — the billionaire…

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Saudi Naval Forces Commander visits field commands of Pakistan Navy

Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Ghofaily is on an official visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces called on Chief of the Naval staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at Naval Headquarters Islamabad. In the second leg of the visit, Vice Admiral Fahad Bin Abdullah Al…

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Oil rises as Saudi Arabia says producers will cooperate beyond 2018

SINGAPORE: Oil prices climbed on Monday, pushed higher by comments from Saudi Arabia that cooperation between oil producers who are currently withholding supplies would continue beyond 2018, reported Reuters. Strong global economic growth and a drop in U.S. drilling activity also supported crude, traders said. Brent crude futures were at $68.89 a barrel at 0315…

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Saudi Arabia begins screening films after decades-long ban lifted

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia began screening feature-length animated children’s films this weekend in a makeshift theater, after a 35-year-old ban on cinemas was lifted in the conservative Islamic kingdom, reported Reuters. The first permanent theaters could open as early as March, part of a liberalizing reform drive that has already opened the door to…

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First women-only car showroom opens in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi private company on Thursday opened the first car showroom for women only just five months before a decision allowing females to drive takes effect. The showroom was opened in a shopping mall in the western Red Sea port city of Jeddah to allow women the freedom to choose their own cars before they…

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Eleven Saudi princes detained

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a rare protest against austerity measures that included suspending payment of their utility bills, Saudi media reported on Saturday. Saudi officials did not respond immediately to a request for a comment on the report. Saudi Arabia, the world’s…

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Is this the new face of Saudi Arabia for the rest of the world?

RIYADH: A new advertisement by the government of Saudi Arabia is doing the rounds in which apparently the kingdom is showcasing a new face to the rest of the world.  In the short video message, a group of young men and women wish the world a Happy New Year and describe themselves as people who…

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CM Shehbaz returns home after Saudi visit

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif returned home on Tuesday from his Saudi Arabia visit by a special plane of the Saudi government. The chief minister performed Ummrah, visited Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) to humbly pay his respects and offered Nawafil there. He especially prayed for national prosperity and unity of the Muslim world. The chief…

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Nawaz meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

MADINAH: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday.  Taking to her Twitter account, Maryam Nawaz shared pictures of her father in Madinah where the former prime minister met the Saudi crown prince. “MNS in Madina Munawara for haazri after his meeting with HRH CP…

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Nawaz to return from Saudi Arabia today

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to the country after his brief visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.  According to details, the former prime minister is expected to arrive in Pakistan courtesy Saudi Airlines. Instead of going to Lahore, Nawaz Sharif will stay in Islamabad as he will…

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Why have Iranians taken to the streets against their government?

TEHRAN: Iran warned of a tough crackdown on Sunday against demonstrators posing one of the boldest challenges to its clerical leaders since nationwide unrest shook the Islamist theocracy in 2009. How serious are the protests? Political protests are rare in Iran, where security services are pervasive. And yet tens of thousands of people have protested…

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Shehbaz traveled to Saudi Arabia in Gen (r) Raheel’s plane: Aitzaz

LAHORE: PPP leader and senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan claimed that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif had traveled to Saudi Arabia in General (r) Raheel Sharif’s plane.  Speaking to media officials, Aitzaz said that Saudi authorities could no longer prove to be beneficial for Nawaz Sharif. He also shed light on the relationship between the Sharif…

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Nawaz Sharif not negotiating any deal: Spokesperson

ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has contradicted as speculative a news report published in national and international section of press that Sharif is negotiating any deal with Saudi Arabia to avoid accountability. Terming the story as unfounded, he said Nawaz Sharif is visiting Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to his longstanding…

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