Grand gesture: Saudi Arabia gifts 200 tons of dates to Pakistan

Published: April 3, 2014
Pakistan is stocking up for Ramzan. PHOTO: ONLINE

Pakistan is stocking up for Ramzan. PHOTO: ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, the government of Saudi Arabia gifted 200 tonnes of dates to Pakistan on Wednesday.

According to an official release, the deputy head of mission Saudi Arabia Embassy in Islamabad Jassim Mohammad Khalid Al-Khaldi formally handed over the consignment on behalf of the Kingdom to the Cabinet Division. Senior officials of the Foreign Office were also present at the time.

Director General ERC Captain Muhammad Aftab thanked Al-Khalidi on behalf of the government for the dates and expressed gratitude for the rather grand gesture of friendship.

Last month, it was revealed that the Kingdom had lent $1.5 bn to Pakistan to share up its reserves.

Previosuly, Pakistan had sought Riyadh’s help to shore up its foreign exchange reserves and meet debt-service obligations and undertake large energy and infrastructure projects, Pakistani officials told Reuters.

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  • Sara Khan
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:31PM

    $1.5 Billion + 200 Tons of dates … ALL FREE
    At the expense of Pakistani blood and good news for Generals and Politicians bank accounts.Recommend

  • Sumaira Majeed
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:36PM

    Suadi should have send to Africa and those places where children are dying of hunger instead of bribing Pakistan to save their kingdom.Recommend

  • Saad Maqsood
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:40PM

    Quick government, hide them or sell them off and create a fake shortage and then magically make them reappear with sky high prices Recommend

  • huh
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:45PM

    so what happens with the dates, does the govt repackage and sell them? Wouldn’t surprise me if they did. Recommend

  • Ahmed Ishtiaq
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:49PM

    This is ridiculous! Pakistan exports dates to Saudi Arabia, why would we need dates?Recommend

  • G.Haider
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:49PM

    The people of Pakistan should think beyond Saudi dates!!!Recommend

  • Bushra
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:50PM

    Dates Diplomacy …. shame SuadiRecommend

  • Aziz
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:55PM

    One more favour please, our lord and master!

    Give us some tents too so that we can send the few beneficiaries of the $1.5b to the deserts. We will get rid of our filth and you will earn a nice place in heaven for your good deeds!Recommend

  • Khan
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:56PM

    All negative comments here, if you don’t like it then your welcome to go over the boarder, perhaps you will be welcome there NOT.Recommend

  • Khalid_NJ
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:04PM

    Save them they came from the so called Holy Land. Is someone trying to dump surplus and bribing at the same time.Recommend

  • Syed Sarmad Bukhari
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:09PM

    Can we have some free oil too???? Recommend

  • CII 2.0
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:13PM

    In return for this generous gesture, we should reciprocate by gifting them all the members of the CII…


  • Kurtain
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:51PM

    These are our true brothers, unlike those Kuwaitis. No more soft corner for Kuwait until they too send us dates (at least 500 tons).Recommend

  • Value worth dates
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:01PM

    Carrot and stick strategy.
    At a time when a “country”, to fulfil its strategic objectives, offers deals and partnership worth billions of dollars in trade. Pakistan is selling itself for the “value” of “dates”. This shows global standing of a country.
    “Can be bought for a pack of dates, why spend billions in trade partnership?”Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:09PM

    They are really looking forward for something!! Recommend

  • bash gul
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:11PM

    That’s a royal gesture. Hope it will be distributed to the people of Tharparker and not stored in the houses of the PPP leaders of Sindh.Recommend

  • saad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:13PM

    @huh a very logical question ! probably going to repack and sell them to the masses Recommend

  • Lunacyassailam
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:50PM

    Heard of blood money, now Bharat hears about blood food.Well done.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:59PM

    This time world can see a nation sold against 200 tons of dates.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Apr 4, 2014 - 12:12AM

    Khajoor from Huzoor !!!!!!!!


  • Apr 4, 2014 - 12:27AM

    Anta miskeen Bakistani.


  • 3rdRockFromTheSun
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:14AM





  • Mk
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:35AM

    Now the govt of Pakistan will deny receiving 200 Tonnes of dates from a friendly Muslim country.


  • san
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:35AM

    so now Saudis will be officially dating Pakistanis. Did CII approve dating.Recommend

  • Teakjubileecretaceous
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:43AM

    @ Saad, i wouldn’t be surprised if they ate them all themselves.


  • Apr 4, 2014 - 1:49AM

    @Sumaira Majeed:

    Agree with your point on the bribe for mercenary services. Unfortunately Pak is no stranger to hunger after what was witnessed in Thar. We have indeed sunk that low. Sadly, the dates will not be used to satisfy their hunger either…


  • Fayaz
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:50AM

    Lets see where this stunning affection of Saudis with Nawaz Sharif leads Pakistan to. We must not forget Saudis role in world’s history.


  • abdul
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:51AM

    captivity of negativity. Pakistani nation find always some negative thing. Shame on u all


  • Gizzy
    Apr 4, 2014 - 4:18AM

    @Ahmed Ishtiaq: LOL so that means, we will need to export them 200 tons less of the dates now. But still receive the payment for them ;)


  • Hailstorm
    Apr 4, 2014 - 5:59AM

    Khajoor’s are a perfect gift for us…We will soon become more Arab like if we eat more Khajoors


  • ajmal
    Apr 4, 2014 - 7:12AM

    Any gratuity from anybody is our brother.


  • water bottle
    Apr 4, 2014 - 7:21AM

    Can I get some of that?

    Here in India it costs a fortune and poor people like me cannot afford to enjoy it.


  • ss
    Apr 4, 2014 - 8:49AM

    If you people don’t want them, can you send them across wagah. Saudi dates taste very good.


  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2014 - 9:03AM

    “it is time to fear when tyrant wants to kiss you”


  • Hari Om
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:31AM

    USD 1.5 Billion plus 200 tons of Dates seems me to be a very low price to hurt the sentiments of Shia Mohammadden citizens of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan by harming the clerical regime in Iran by killing off the gas pipeline deal, supporting Sunni rebels against the Assad regime in Syria and supporting the Sunni Al Khalifa regime to suppress her Shia subjects in Bahrain.


  • Kabuli
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:19AM

    Pakistan receiving alms from arab sheikhs!


  • Really?
    Apr 4, 2014 - 12:21PM

    @ water bottle Its 20 rupees a packet in india, surly if you can afford internet computer you can afford dates?


  • Naah
    Apr 4, 2014 - 12:23PM

    @ss dates from Middle East have too soft outer texture, prefer indian ones ;)


  • What's your IQ?
    Apr 4, 2014 - 12:25PM

    @ hailstorm. Only a “khajoor” can think like that!


  • Kabuli
    Apr 4, 2014 - 12:29PM

    Pakistan receivings alms from their master!


  • Badr Siddiqui
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:02PM

    Soon Pakistan will be receiving 1 MN tons of Saudi desert sand


  • Zaid Hamid
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:24PM

    Very shameful that you people are commenting against the holy land. Allah(God) is real. Do you wish to suffer in the real After-Life & on real judgement day??Recommend

  • arun
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:13PM

    Who will take care of their servants better than saudis… Pakistan is blessed


  • ryzvonusef
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:14PM

    YAY! Let’s flood Saudi dates into Pakistan, and thus ruining the date-farming based economies of Sindh and Balochistan!

    In any other country, the monopoly control commission would have stopped this.


  • kami
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:50PM

    hahahahahhahha what a joke :D


  • Anas Aziz
    Apr 4, 2014 - 3:41PM

    How can I get my share of dates? i think it becomes around 1.08 grams..


  • Sohraab
    Apr 4, 2014 - 6:48PM

    Nawaz having a “DATE” with the Saudi Monarchy!!!!


  • Toba Alu
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:07PM

    Lots of dates past the expiry date.


  • Camel
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:27PM

    What their camels will eat now ?


  • AnonPak
    Apr 4, 2014 - 10:44PM

    @Sumaira Majeed: From you comment it sounds like we live in the west and don’t have any of the problems that Africa has. You are so brainwashed by watching their news channels that you think their point of view, problems and issues are same as ours. Children are also dying in Pakistan out of Starvation and indicators are that the number is only going to increase. Let the rest of the world and the Africans worry about the children in Africa we should worry about our children who are dying or are suffering from malnutrition. The disconnect of the elite from the real problems that the poor in Pakistan (vast majority of the population) face is just amazing.


  • water bottle
    Apr 4, 2014 - 11:07PM


    For 20 rupees you don’t get half a dozen pieces.


  • Ali S
    Apr 5, 2014 - 12:41AM

    Send them all to Thar now


  • Sandip
    Apr 5, 2014 - 6:21AM

    Hmmm! $1.5 bn that doesn’t have to be returned? 200 tons of dates as a goodwill gesture? Is it a case of the sacrificial animal being fed before the slaughter? Anyone else would immediately go on alert at such largess. Not so sure about the Pakistani leadership though.


  • Professor
    Apr 5, 2014 - 6:27AM

    This gift is to remind Pakistan of its date with destiny in Syria.


  • Apr 5, 2014 - 9:52AM

    Laughable at best. The below average less than popular Saudi princiling (there is no dearth of this kind of parasite in that land) spends more money in any given month watering the lawns around his sprawling desert palace than what an average Pakistani citizen spends in on living in his 60 or 70 years on this mother earth. And they send you their surplus stock of stale dates. All I can say is Pakistanis are pretty low on the totem pole of things as far as the Saudis are concerned. They are using you lands to dump stuff even their camels won’t eat. So much for the much vaunted Paki-Saudi friendship and brotherly love. They would dare not to ship this garbage to a kafir nation like India.


  • Baba Ji
    Apr 5, 2014 - 12:30PM

    Where are the dates ?Recommend

  • Milk bottle
    Apr 5, 2014 - 2:45PM

    Don’t be greedy. Half dozen pieces are enough for you.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Apr 5, 2014 - 6:21PM

    Any gift from any brotherly country is most welcome so long as there are no strings attached to it.
    Long Live Pakistan!


  • Ali
    Apr 5, 2014 - 7:07PM

    People, a little gratefulness please?


  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Apr 5, 2014 - 7:37PM

    this is ridiculous,
    As Pakistan is demanding Nuclear parity from US,
    we Indians should demand free Dates from Saudis,
    Saudis should show parity….
    Send free dates according to population, 200 tons for Pakistan, may be 600 to 800 tons to India,
    Indian business men are fleecing us with exotic dates and exhibition of dates too.


  • Naaah
    Apr 5, 2014 - 9:01PM

    @amoghavarsha. When we get billions dollars in trade? Why hop for a “peanut” ? Oops! Free dates or nuts?


  • Faheem Sheikh
    Apr 5, 2014 - 11:19PM

    Thank you Saudi Arabia you are our best friend. We will always remember you and we will always stand by you.


  • modi
    Apr 7, 2014 - 10:55PM

    Dates yummy! We can have a deal on that as sugar, we will buy it on half price rather then you distribute it free. Wahga is suitable for transportation, we can do it in kashmir side as well I can do any thing for that khajooraan… Sada yaq aethe rakh


    Apr 7, 2014 - 11:02PM

    We appriciate u Saudi Arabia, even Govt accept or deny we love you, a slap for hatter of pak Saudi relation. V lov them even if they need us for war against Asad and Iran, if they need our weapon, Iran is already in war with pakistan as an Indian companion. Ma Sha AllaH WE STILL HAVE SUCH FRIENDS..


  • Syed
    Apr 24, 2014 - 4:17AM

    If my calculations are correct, this is 8 million dates for a country of 180 million people. Do we spend the 1.5 billion dollars to buy dates for everyone? Just wondering.


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