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Saudi prince to be given unprecedented welcome, says prime minister

–3,500 pigeons to be free on crown prince’s arrival

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman would be given unprecedented welcome upon arrival in the country.

Chairing a high-level meeting, he reviewed all the arrangements and security plan for the maiden visit of the Saudi crown prince, who is scheduled to touch down in Islamabad on February 16.

He said that the government would provide every possible facility for boosting investment and ease of doing business in the country. The prime minister said that the government was taking measures to change the visa regime to facilitate the business community and tourists.

The meeting also finalised draft agreements which would be signed between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia during the Saudi crown prince’s forthcoming visit to Pakistan.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Adviser to the PM on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood and other high officials were present in the meeting.

Earlier on Thursday, a six-member delegation of Saudi government reached Nur Khan Airbase in connection with Saudi crown prince’s upcoming visit to Pakistan.

This delegation reached Pakistan by a special plane from Kuala Lumpur to inspect all the security arrangements made before the arrival of the crown prince.

It is pertinent to mention here that all the arrangements have been finalised for the first-ever visit of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who is scheduled to touch down in Islamabad on February 16. Upon arrival in Pakistan’s airspace, the crown prince’s plane would be escorted by jet fighters of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) till landing at Nur Khan Airbase.

All commercial flights will be suspended just after the crown prince’s plane enters Pakistan. All private planes will also be removed from Benazir Bhutto International Airport and Nur Khan Airbase. The crown prince will be taken to PM house by road amid tight security. Special passes will be issued to security personnel’s appointed for the security of royal guests and without a pass, no security official will be allowed to be deployed on the route.

The crown prince will be accompanied by a high-powered delegation, including members of the Saudi Royal family, key ministers and leading businessmen.  During his visit, the crown prince will call on President Arif Alvi. He will also meet the PM Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. A Senate delegation will also call on the crown prince to discuss ways to enhance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

The Saudi ministers accompanying the crown prince will meet their counterparts to discuss bilateral cooperation in their respective fields. The businessmen of the two countries will also meet to discuss opportunities for collaboration in the private sector.


Authorities have also decided to set free 3,500 pigeons upon the crown prince’s arrival. Authorities tasked the concerned departments to purchase the required number of pigeons from the bird market located in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Bird markets in other cities have also been approached to buy a large number of birds.

In addition to pigeons, colourful balloons will also be released in the air to make the crown prince’s arrival more colourful Even though pigeons had already been set free in the past for state guests, such a big number of birds had never been freed.

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