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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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Pakistanis to face “extreme vetting” for US visa: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has clarified that Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia will not be among countries that will face a visa ban to enter the country. Instead, the US president said citizens of these countries will face “extreme vetting.” He said this in his first televised interview as US president on Wednesday (Jan….

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Saudi Arabia arrests 69 Pakistanis over terror charges

JEDDAH: A Pakistani woman was arrested in Jeddah over terror charges, climbing the total number of Pakistanis arrested in Saudi Arabia for their alleged terror activities to 69, local media reported. According to Saudi Gazette, Fatima Ramadan Balochi Murad was arrested along with her Saudi husband from an apartment in Al-Naseem district by security agencies….

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Two bombers blow themselves up in Saudi Arabia

Two suspects blew themselves up on Saturday during a firefight with security forces in the Red Sea city of Jeddah in western Saudi Arabia, officials said. The two men “committed suicide by detonating their explosive belts” during a security operation against a suspected “terrorist” hideout in a southern district of Jeddah, the region’s authorities said…

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PM money trail issue is incomprehensible

What is the money trail issue of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif? How Sharif family purchased the London flats and spent the money for Jeddah factory? We are trying to know the answers of those questions. Watch Fawad Zaidi’s report

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Iran ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia on this condition

At least 10 countries have offered to mediate in the escalating feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday, noting that Tehran would restore ties with Riyadh if Saudi Arabia changes it regional policies. Answering a question about Iraq and Kuwait’s reported offer to help defuse the tension between regional rivals,…

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Transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia rejected

Egypt’s top administrative court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in deal that sparked rare protests. The government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was illegal. In…

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Saudi mufti warns of ‘depravity’ of cinema, concerts

Saudi Arabia’s highest-ranking cleric has warned of the “depravity” of cinemas and music concerts, saying they would corrupt morals if allowed in the ultra-conservative kingdom. “We know that singing concerts and cinemas are a depravity,” Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh said in a television interview cited by Sabq news website late Friday. The head of the…

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Oil slides 2 percent on strong dollar, doubts of OPEC output cuts

NEW YORK: Oil prices fell 2 percent on Tuesday to the lowest in nearly a month, extending the previous session’s sell-off as the U.S. dollar strengthened and doubts mounted over whether producing countries would implement of a deal to cut output.

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Saudi govt issues new rules to protect Hajj, Umrah pilgrims

MAKKAH: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued a set of rules and regulations to protect the rights of pilgrims. According to a document uploaded on the KSA Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s website, the new rules protect the rights of pilgrims through follow-up and supervising committees and communication centers established to receive complaints and observations….

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Apple confirms $1 billion investment in SoftBank tech fund

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) confirmed on Wednesday its plans to invest $1 billion in a tech fund being set up by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T).

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Over 2,000 Saudi militants fighting abroad: ministry

RIYADH: More than 2,000 Saudis are fighting abroad with militants groups, with over 70 percent of them in Syria, the kingdom’s interior ministry was reported as saying Monday. “The number of Saudis proven to be in conflict areas is 2,093,” interior ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki told daily newspaper Al-Hayat. He said that 1,540 of…

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