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IN BRIEF: Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan

In December last year, the Government of Pakistan had announced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman would visit the country in February. Without going into the specifics, the Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry had said that he will come with 'a huge foreign investment proposal'. The crown prince arrived in Pakistan in the third week of February. Pakistan Air Force jets escorted the royal aircraft as soon as it entered the Pakistani airspace. He received a warm, pompous welcome, worthy of his royal…

PM Imran deposits precious watch in national exchequer

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday deposited a precious wrist watch, gifted by the Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to the 'Toshakhana' (national exchequer). According to the details PM Imran has deposited a precious wrist watch, reportedly Chopard, worth more than Rs16 million to the Toshakhana. The precious watch was gifted to him by Saudi Arabia's crown prince during his recent visit to Riyadh. A report on Imran Khan official Facebook page reads, the premier could have retained this…

Saudi king checks son’s power as Khashoggi crisis grows: sources

DUBAI: So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said. Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis. World leaders were demanding an explanation and concern was growing in parts of the royal court that the king’s son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to whom he has delegated…

Major plot twist for students at Saudi Arabia’s first cinema school

JEDDAH: Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia’s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country’s 35-year ban on cinema. “Everything is about to change,” the first-year student of “visual and digital production” at Effat University in Jeddah told Reuters. Her course is to be renamed “cinematic arts”, dropping the deceptive title employed originally to help stay under the radar of religious police and local communities opposed to…

Royal welcome and noisy protests await Saudi crown prince on UK trip

LONDON: Britain’s grand welcome to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will begin on Wednesday with a lunch with Queen Elizabeth, as the two countries seek to widen longstanding defence ties into a far-reaching partnership. Both sense an opportunity to broaden their existing relationship: Britain is looking for trading partners as it exits the European Union and Saudi Arabia needs to convince sceptical investors about its domestic reforms. But as Prince Mohammed and Prime Minister Theresa May meet, demonstrators…