Imran Khan performs Umrah in Saudi Arabia


Some ministers defended Imran Khan's helicopter ride saying it was a practical security measure since a motorcade would clog up the capital's roads

Building on the mutual desire for peace between our two countries, I wish to propose a meeting between Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the External Affairs Minister, Ms Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in NY. But I can just say one thing: All conflicts can be resolved through dialogue. But on the other hand, Pakistan has not shown any change in its approach and policy vis-à-vis cross-border terrorism.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between the two countries.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry did not reveal if Saudi Arabia would be loaning money to Pakistan to help top up its dwindling foreign currency reserves, but said he expected Saudi Arabia to invest in Pakistan in a major way.

In 2014, six months after Pakistan obtained its last International Monetary Fund bailout, Saudi Arabia loaned it $1.5 billion that the government used to strengthen its rupee currency.

Dr Faisal said Pakistan's position was very clear on relations with India.

His tour of the Gulf comes as a Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of his political rival, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing. "If we want to slash poverty in the region, then we (Pakistan and India) must practice healthy trade ties", he had said.

He said a Saudi delegation including the finance and energy ministers will visit Pakistan in the first week of October to lay the foundations for "big financial cooperation" between the two countries.

"We need good relationships with Afghanistan and India too". India later launched surgical strikes across the Line of Control to target Pakistani terror camps.

Pakistan is the founder member of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition which is based in Riyadh.

Khan also raised Siachen and Sir Creek issues in the letter saying that both needed close attention to move towards a resolution.

"If there is an opening, we must use it for at least an exchange of views".

The spokesperson said Pakistan had consistently maintained that the only way forward was through a comprehensive, result oriented, uninterrupted, uninterruptible dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues.

This year, Pakistan had extended the MunaBao (India)-Khokhrapar (Pakistan) rail link agreement with India for another three years - from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2021.

The extension in agreement came amid high tension between Pakistan and India.

This will be the first such high-level contact between the two sides since India snapped all formal talks with Pakistan following the terror attack on Pathankot airbase in 2016.

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