PM Imran to visit Saudi Arabia on September 19: FM Qureshi

PM Imran to visit Saudi Arabia on September 19: FM Qureshi

Lahore (Web Desk): Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia on September 19.

Addressing the All Parties Kashmir Conference organised by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab in Lahore, the foreign minister said that he will be accompanying Prime Minister Imran Khan to Saudi Arabia where Kashmir issue would be highlighted.

"We have important sittings over there. Keeping those sittings at the forefront, we will have to deliberate on further measures," FM Qureshi said.

On Monday night, Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and condemned the attack on the Kingdom's oil facilities.

During the conversation with MBS, the prime minister vowed to support the kingdom against any terrorist attack and reiterated that Pakistan will stand by Saudi Arabia in case of any threat to the sanctity or security of the Arab nation.

Prime Minister Khan reiterated Pakistan’s full support and solidarity with the brotherly country against any threat to its security and territorial integrity. The Saudi crown prince said that Saudi Arabia has capability to fight against terrorists.

The attack caused massive fires at two Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities overnight into Saturday. The fires, in particular, hit the Abqaiq oil refinery in Eastern Province, and an oil-processing facility near Khurais oil field, located about 100 miles east of Riyadh.

This is the third time that the two leaders have spoken over the phone since August, as Prime Minister Imran continues to raise the issue of occupied Kashmir at different platforms.

This is pertinent to mention here, that India on August 5 to revoked Article 370 of its constitution, which granted special autonomy to occupied Kashmir.

Curfew and other restrictions have generated a humanitarian crisis as shortage of daily commodities has hit hard the residents of Kashmir valley.

International human rights watchdog, Human Rights Watch, has urged India to immediately release detained Kashmiris who have not been charged with a recognisable offense.

The global human rights organisation said that many detainees had not been allowed to contact their families or lawyers. It also asked the Indian government to release a list of all detainees and their whereabouts.