Private visit: Prime Minister Nawaz performs Umrah

Prime Minister Sharif is on a private visit to Saudi Arabia and arrived in Jeddah on Thursday night.

APP August 03, 2013
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: PID/FILE


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday performed Umrah and prayed for the solidarity, progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.

He also prayed Allah Almighty for his guidance and His benevolence to do his best for the bright future of the people and the country.

Prime Minister Sharif is on a private visit to Saudi Arabia and arrived in Jeddah on Thursday night.

He was received at Royal Terminal by Governor Makkah region Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, senior functionaries of Royal protocol, Governorate, Saudi Foreign Office and government functionaries. Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Abdul Aziz Al-Ghadeer was also present.

Pakistan Ambassador in Saudi Arabia Mohammed Naeem Khan,Consul General Aftab Khokher and officers from the Consulate were also present.

The prime minister would also visit Madinah al-Munawarah.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.


gujranwala789 | 9 years ago | Reply

Nawaz sharif stands up for his centre-right conservative credentials and I always admire him for that.

Arzoo | 9 years ago | Reply

While it is laudable that he has undertaken the trip to perform Umra, I hope that it was not on the back of the dispossessed Pakistani masses with expenses paid from the public exchequer. I hope that the newly awakened youth of Pakistan realize that religious obligations and pilgrimages have to be paid by an individual's own pocket, instead of from the public treasury, and will keep a vigil when these trips are made to religious sites by our politicians and bureaucrats. And, they should ask their representatives, their MNAs, to raise this question in the Parliament during the questions and answers session. The expenses also include the costs incurred by the unusually large coterie of security and supporters of the politicians.

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