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COAS Bajwa reaches Saudi Arabia on official visit

COAS Bajwa reaches Saudi Arabia on official visit
May 4, 2021

RAWALPINDI (92 News) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reached Saudi Arabia on an official visit on Tuesday.

According to the Inter-Service Public Relation (ISPR), the army chief will hold meetings with civil, military leadership of Saudi Arabia. Defence cooperation between the two countries, regional situation and important international affairs will be discussed in the meetings.

His visit came days before Prime Minister Imran's visit who would arrive in Riyadh on the 25th of Ramadan where he will meet with the Saudi leadership and perform Umrah, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry confirmed on Tuesday.

Earlier, PM Imran Khan has urged the OIC to work together for making the international community understand the deep-rooted love and reverence of all Muslims for the Holy Prophet Sallallaho Alaihe Wa Sallam Khatimu-un- Nabiyeen and the Holy Quran.

The premier was talking to the Islamabad-based ambassadors of the countries belonging to the OIC. He underlined the need for instituting legal safeguards aimed at protecting the sensitivities of all religious groups. He also underscored the imperative of OIC’s collective efforts to project the true image of Islam, and its message of peace and tolerance.

Imran Khan reaffirmed that Pakistan remained committed to dialogue and cooperation with all members of the international community for promoting universal values of tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful co-existence among all nations and peoples.

Recalling the two letters addressed by him to the leaders of the Islamic world last year, the prime minister briefed the envoys on Pakistan’s efforts at the international level to create awareness about Islamophobia and the need to collectively address the phenomenon.

Imran Khan stressed that Pakistan’s initiatives are aimed at building mutual understanding and promoting inter-faith harmony. Noting that Islamophobic acts fan inter-religious hatred and disharmony among civilizations, he called for addressing the underlying reasons for the rise in such incidents worldwide.

The prime minister said falsely equating Islam with radicalism and terrorism is leading to the marginalization and stigmatization of Muslims. He emphasized that the vilification of Islamic precepts and religious personalities, wrongly justified under the garb of the right to freedom of expression or opinion, hurts the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.