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Nestle:Corporate Yazeed and modern day: Amr Bin Saad

All Shia parties stage sit-in in Lahore to protest against attacks on azadari

Would Turkey make a deal on Khashoggi or reveal the naked truth?

Will Pakistan be blacklisted?

Is PML-N , JUI-F and PPP alliance ready to throw PTI govt out?

MBS guard transported part of Khashoggi's body to Saudi Arabia: Report

CPEC not responsible for Pakistan’s economic woes, says China

Riyadh admits it can’t compensate for Iranian oil

Nasir Jamshed’s 10-year ban for spot-fixing upheld

Pakistan to give 10,000 abducted journalists in aid to Saudi Arabia

Saudi prince: ‘The King ordered Khashoggi’s death and Mohammed bin Salman carried it out’

Mulla Baradar released from Pak jail

Baltistan Shia Islamic scholars take out rally for legitimate rights

HEC director resigns amid plagiarism charges

Russia-Pakistan drills: Running with the hares and hunting with the hounds

Did PTI refuse IMF package due to tough conditions?

Attack on Shia Women Gathering and Silence of Civil Society

Is PML-N boycotting Punjab assembly out of political frustration?

Belgian official: Israel steals organs of Palestinian kids

Post to keep attention on other dissident Saudis after Khashoggi’s death, editor suggests

Indian forces martyr nine youths in IoK, injure over 50 others

By-polls: PTI leads in NA-247, PS-111, loses PK-71 to ANP

Jamal Kashoggi was not Hero- Riaz Malik

MPA Zahra Naqvi meets Punjab Law and LG Ministers on Fort Abbas tragedy

Foreign Minister meets Iraqi Ambassador to Discuss Pakistani Zaireen problems

Why SC did not disqualify PM Imran Khan?

Will Imran Khan bring much-promised change

NAB summons PS to PM: A case of ‘balancing act’ or ‘misuse of authority’?

Do Pakistani Liberals support Human Rights violations against Shia Muslims?

India beat Pakistan 3-1 in Asian Hockey Champions Trophy

Bin Salman sought most brutal murder for Khashoggi: Ex-FBI agent

Iran demands Pakistan secure immediate release of abducted security forces

Thank You Saudi Arabia – by Professor Vladimir Golstein

Pakistan faces India in Asian Hockey Champions Trophy today

Supreme Court Abolishes 3-Year LLB Programs

Iran and the US Confrontation: What can Pakistan do?

Is Imran Khan looking for bailout package from Saudia?

Kandahar attack is a reminder that purposeful dialogue is the only way to end Afghan war

Women soon to be able to divorce husbands

US needs Saudi as counterbalance to Iran: Trump

Jamal Khashoggi killed in consulate, confirms Saudi Arabia: Sacks top General

Iran wants stronger trade, economic ties with Pakistan: Iranian Consul General

Forward bloc in Sindh govt in the making?

‘More to do’ is the new ‘do more’

Abbas' demolition act helps Pakistan clinch series win over Australia

Cutting Financial Aid To Pakistan May Not Bring Peace To Afghanistan

Did RAW try to kill the President of Sri Lanka?

US to press Pakistan for shift in Afghan policy: official

Saudi looking for bin Salman replacement: Report

Kandahar governor, police and intelligence chiefs killed in insider attack

Details of the 11-minute audio recording of the torture and death of Khashoggi

S-400: False sense of security

Saudi 'rogue crown prince' must go: US senator

Did IMF refuse to give bail out package to Pakistan?

Wajid Zia says letter from Qatari royal seems to be part of a 'fictional myth'

'I say sorry to Pakistan': Danish Kaneria admits to involvement in 2012 spot-fixing scandal

Abraaj founder sought to buy influence with Sharifs, says WSJ

Female inmates go on hunger strike at Bahraini jail over ill-treatment

Kashoggi's death episode: How Trump is blackmailing Bin Salman?

Mobile phones not to be blocked after Oct 20, says minister

Turkish daily says audio tapes indicate Saudi journalist 'decapitated'

Is CJP in trouble after another reference is filed against him?

Is former President Musharraf on deathbed?

Five-star Abbas bowls out Australia

Can NAB really hold Shahbaz Sharif accountable?

Iran assured of help in tracing abducted guards

A deal again: How US going to rescue Saudia from Kashoggi's murder episode?

Zainab's rapist, murderer Imran Ali hanged at Kot Lakhpat Jail

Saudi Prince calls for military campaign against Kuwait, sparks backlash

Allama Hassan Zafar says those ridiculed judiciary, top judges, are freed

JCSC Pakistan chief in US for conference on countering violent extremist outfits

Forward bloc in PTI?

China endorses Pakistan’s aid request to IMF

Sunday by-poll: Analysis and lessons for PTI

Shrines under the watchful eye: CJP orders forensic audit

Saudi riyal at lowest level since 2016 over Khashoggi case

India, Iran to speed up Chabahar plan before US bans

UET Peshawar Students Develop a Solution to Power Theft

Pakistan wins first medal in 2018 Youth Olympics in wrestling

Shia pilgrims denied entry into Balochistan, stuck at provincial border with Sindh

Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated after 'bomb warning'

Mother defeats son in Muzaffargarh by-elections

Asia Bibi case: Opportunist Khadim Rizvi threatens judiciary, NGOs and the lawyer

U.S envoy met the Taliban representatives in Qatar

$2 bn RLNG pipeline: Crucial Pak-Russia talks begin today

Saudi source: Reconciliation with Iran possible if sanctions imposed

Three Saudi soldiers killed in clashes with Yemeni army in border areas

Saudis 'reject' threats as stocks drop amid scrutiny over missing journalist

On the decliine: PTI fails to clinch NA seat in by-polls

Jamal Khashoggi was no Revolutionary, Rebel or Human rights defender

The question of cuffs

Pakistan By-election results 2018 LIVE Updates

After DPO Gondal, another short shrift for IGP Punjab

Illegal recruitments scam: NAB Arrests ex-PU VC, five registers

TLP threatens to paralyse country if Aasia Bibi is acquitted

In the shadow of loan: Is US trying to create rift between China and Pakistan?

British-Pakistani Iris Iftikhar eyes Gold at British Taekwondo Championship

Trump using Iranophobia to sell American munitions to Arab states: Nasrallah

UK imam fired for anti-Saudi comments

Sunni Ittehad Council chief condemns arrest of Faisal Raza Abidi

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Bin Salman sought most brutal murder for Khashoggi: Ex-FBI agent

1397/7/29 | 16:38
  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wanted the planned murder for outspoken journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be as brutal as it was, says a former high-profile American intelligence officer. Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, told German weekly Der Siegel on Saturday that the way Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, had to be an epitome of a brutal assassination because the man behind the murder wanted to use it as a message. “He (bin Salman) wanted it as brutal as it was to send a message. ...

Is Imran Khan looking for bailout package from Saudia?

1397/7/28 | 16:38
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia – his second in less than five weeks – is not only aimed at seeking financial aid from the Kingdom before the government sits with the IMF to discuss the bailout plan, but also to express solidarity with the Saudis in wake of the chaos following Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and apparent killing, Pakistan Today has learnt. In a statement issued on Friday, the Foreign Office announced that PM Khan will visit Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference ...

Saudi 'rogue crown prince' must go: US senator

1397/7/26 | 16:38
  US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to President Donald Trump, on Tuesday accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and called him a “rogue crown prince” who is jeopardising relations with the United States. Many members of the US Congress, which has long had a testy relationship with ally Saudi Arabia, have issued strong criticism of the kingdom since Khashoggi’s disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. Graham put the blame directly on ...

Kashoggi's death episode: How Trump is blackmailing Bin Salman?

1397/7/26 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia has delivered a previously promised $100 million to the United States as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh to discuss the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul more than two week ago. According to a New York Times report, the money landed in American accounts on Tuesday and was for purported American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the clutches of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. The ...

A deal again: How US going to rescue Saudia from Kashoggi's murder episode?

1397/7/25 | 16:38
  US President Donald Trump has once again risen to the defense of the Saudi government over the mysterious disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that pinning the blame on Riyadh before knowing all the facts is yet another case of "guilty until proven innocent.” Trump Tuesday criticized people blaming Saudi Arabia for the disappearance of the US-based journalist and accused them of prejudging the case. "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent. I don't like that," Trump said during ...

Saudi Prince calls for military campaign against Kuwait, sparks backlash

1397/7/24 | 16:38
  Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Saud has called for a military campaign against Kuwait, sparking a wave of criticism and calls not to meddle in others’ internal affairs. Al-Saud wrote on Twitter: “Kuwait needs [a] new ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ to purge it from the dirt of [the Muslim] Brotherhood and the supporters of Hamads [the Qatari ruling family]”. Operation Decisive Storm is the name given to the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen in 2015, where civil war has since devastated the country. Al-Saud’s comments sparked ...

Saudi riyal at lowest level since 2016 over Khashoggi case

1397/7/24 | 16:38
  The economic backlash for the Saudis over the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi found new dimensions as the kingdom’s currency fell to its lowest level in two years in Monday's trading. The riyal was quoted by media to have reached 3.7524 to the US dollar in the spot market in early trading, its weakest rate since September 2016. In the forwards market, the dollar rose as high as 100 points against the riyal, a nine-month high, from 54 points on Friday. In 2016, it briefly rose above 1,000 points. Saudi Arabia’s ...

Saudi source: Reconciliation with Iran possible if sanctions imposed

1397/7/23 | 16:38
  As global pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to hold the kingdom responsible over the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report indicates that Riyadh is preparing a list of countermeasures, including reconciliation with Iran, to push back against possible punishments. Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya news network reported Sunday that the kingdom’s officials had thought of “over 30 measures” as part of their preventive plan. The report, written by the network’s General Manager Turki Aldakhil, stated: “Imposing any ...

Three Saudi soldiers killed in clashes with Yemeni army in border areas

1397/7/23 | 16:38
  At least three Saudi soldiers have been killed in clashes with Yemeni forces in border areas of the war-ravaged country, a report says. Saudi Arabia’s pro-government Shohada al-Vajeb (Martyrs of the Military Service) group, which keeps track of Saudi military personnel killed since 2009, announced the news on its twitter account on Sunday. The group identified the troopers as Abdullah bin Mubarak, Ali Salem al-Ghamedi and Mohammad bin Faye al-Za’bi, who were all killed on the “southern borders.” Saudi authorities rarely admit ...

Saudis 'reject' threats as stocks drop amid scrutiny over missing journalist

1397/7/23 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia on Sunday rejected any “threats” of economic sanctions or political pressure — a day after United States President Donald Trump’s comments on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. The statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency also warned that the kingdom will respond to any steps taken against it. This statement came after the Saudi stock market plunged by nearly 7 percent at one point on Sunday. The statement did not directly acknowledge Khashoggi’s disappearance. In an interview to be aired on ...

UK imam fired for anti-Saudi comments

1397/7/21 | 16:38
  A British Imam has been fired from a Saudi-financed London mosque after he criticized the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and the country's royal family. Imam Ajmal Masroor was fired from the Fitzrovia Mosque, also known as Goodge Street mosque in central London, which is run by the Saudi-funded Muslim World League. Masroor's firing took place just days after he used his personal Facebook page to post a video which described the Saudi royal family as "corrupt, despotic and totally anti-Islamic." In another post, the imam also ...

Saudi crown prince ordered operation against missing journalist: report

1397/7/19 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler allegedly ordered an operation targeting journalist and United States (US) resident Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for more than a week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday citing US intelligence intercepts. Khashoggi ─ a US resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ─ disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and Turkish officials suspect he was murdered. The Post, ...

'Yemenis target Saudi military boat in counter-strike'

1397/7/19 | 16:38
  Yemeni naval forces have targeted and destroyed a Saudi military boat off the war-torn country’s northwestern coast, killing all aboard the vessel. The al-Masirah television network reported that the retaliatory attack by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement took place off the Midi coast on Wednesday. The Saudi-led coalition has not yet commented on the counter-attack, which came amid a rise in its airstrikes on the port city of Hudaydah, a lifeline for millions of people. Earlier reports suggested that 86 Yemenis had over the past ...

Saudi Arabia's dark history of abduction and killing dissidents

1397/7/19 | 16:38
  Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran journalist who has been critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has now joined the growing list of Saudi dissidents who have mysteriously disappeared in recent years. Khashoggi has been unaccounted for since last Tuesday when he entered the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul to receive a certificate about his finished marriage in Saudi Arabia. Turkish investigators are working to piece together what happened outside the consulate. What happened inside remains a mystery. Turkish authorities believe ...

Turkey vows to put on trial Saudi officials tied to Khashoggi case

1397/7/18 | 16:38
  An advisor to Turkey’s president has vowed that the country will prosecute all those involved in the suspected kidnapping or murder of a dissident Saudi journalist in Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul, even if it involves the Saudi consul himself.   Yasin Aktay made the comments to the Palestinian Shehab news agency on Tuesday, adding, “Turkey is a state of law and prosecutes anyone who commits crimes in its territory.” “This will be a file between Saudi Arabia and us,” the Turkish official warned. On Friday, Saudi Crown ...

Saudis, authoritarian leaders inspired by Trump: Sanders

1397/7/18 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, are among authoritarian entities “clearly inspired” by US President Donald Trump’s totalitarian policies, says senior US Senator Bernie Sanders. The Vermont lawmaker made the comments during a speech on authoritarian threats at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies on Tuesday. "While this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there’s no question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have ...

Saudi cleric close to MBS calls for 'peace' trip to Israel

1397/7/16 | 16:38
  A Saudi cleric with close ties to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has called on faith leaders to travel to Jerusalem al-Quds in a bid to promote "peace" with Israel. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Issa, head of the Muslim World League, made the controversial proposal in New York on the sidelines of an annual conference for “Cultural Rapprochement Between the US and the Muslim World” in New York. “We should send a peace convoy that is representative of all three Abrahamic religions. They should be Muslim, Christian and Jewish ...

In rebuttal to Trump, Salman says Saudi won’t pay US for kingdom’s security

1397/7/14 | 16:38
  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Riyadh “will pay nothing” to the United States for the kingdom's “security,” in rebuttal to US President Donald Trump who recently said King Salman would not last in power “for two weeks” without US military support. “Actually we will pay nothing for our security. We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it’s not free armament," the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday. He ...

Saudi Arabia seeks wide-ranging deals with South African arms firms amid Yemen war

1397/7/13 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia is currently in talks with major arms manufacturers of South Africa for wide-ranging deals, a state military firm says, as a Riyadh-led military coalition continues to pound the impoverished Yemeni nation in a war imposed on the Arabian Peninsula country more than three and a half years ago. Saudi Arabian Military Industries’ (SAMI) Chief Executive Andreas Schwer said on Wednesday that he expected to finalize the first partnership deals with South African arms companies by the end of the year, without mentioning the initial ...

Iran says ready to work with Saudis to build strong region, end US conceit

1397/7/13 | 16:38
  Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is prepared to cooperate with Saudi Arabia in order to build a strong region together and put an end to the US humiliation of regional countries. “President Trump repeatedly humiliates the Saudis by saying they can't last 2 weeks without his support,” Zarif said in a Thursday tweet. “This is the recompense for the delusion that one's security can be outsourced. We again extend our hand to our neighbors: let's build a "strong region", and stop this conceit,” the Iranian top diplomat ...

MWM asks Foreign Ministry to clarify its position on support to Saudi aggression on Yemen

1397/7/12 | 16:38
  Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen secretary general Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari has demanded the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clarify its position why Pakistan voted in favour of Saudi-led military aggression on innocent people of Yemen.   Addressing a press conference in Islamabad he expressed surprise and displeasure, saying Pakistanis were saddened because the unjustifiable support to the foreign aggression on Yemen has weakened Pakistan’s position on Kashmir issue. Allama Raja Nasir demanded the government to call back retired ...

Saudi king wouldn't last 2 weeks without US support, says Trump

1397/7/12 | 16:38
  United States (US) President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia's king "might not be there for two weeks" without US military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America's closest Mideast allies over rising oil prices. As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, push prices down. However, analysts are warning prices could go up to $100 a barrel as the world's production is already stretched and Trump's sanctions on Iran's oil industry take ...

Pakistan turns down Saudi offer to acquire two power plants

1397/7/10 | 16:38
  Pakistan has turned down Saudi Arabia’s offer to acquire two LNG-fired power plants only under a sovereign deal, as laws do not allow selling assets without following a rigorous competitive process. “Saudi Arabia also demanded Pakistan to provide free land, complete security and utility facilities for setting up an oil refinery of over 100,000 barrel per day capacity at Gwadar,” the sources told The Express Tribune on Monday. But a final decision on whether to set up the refinery will be taken by Saudi Arabia after visiting the ...

Trump humiliated Saudi Arabia and its king again

1397/7/9 | 16:38
  The president of the United States, speaking at a gathering in Virginia, once again made humiliating remarks about Saudi attachments to the United States, saying it is not clear what will happen to Saudi Arabia without the United States! “I love Saudi Arabia,” Donald Trump said in a gathering of his supporters in West Virginia. “They are great, King Salman, I spoke with him this morning. I said, king, you have got trillions of dollars. Without us, who knows what’s going to happen. …. With us they are totally safe. But we don’t ...

Saudi asks Canada to stop treating it like 'banana state'

1397/7/8 | 16:38
Saudi Arabia has demanded an apology from Canada for calling for the release of Saudi women’s rights activists, and for treating the kingdom as “a banana republic”. Canada and Saudi Arabia are locked in a diplomatic dispute, triggered by Canadian criticism of the Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir took the dispute to the United Nations, where he said Riyadh refuses to be lectured to over human rights. He was referring to a tweet last month by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, who urged ...

Banned terrorist outfit chief attends Saudi National Day programme

1397/7/6 | 16:38
M Ahmed Ludhianvi, chief of notorious outlawed Deobandi terrorist outfit, was also one of the invited guests of Saudi monarchy at Saudi National Day programme held in Islamabad.   Apart from notorious terrorist ringleader Ludhianvi, another Deobandi cleric Tahir Ashrafi who was caught red handed when he was drunkard in the past, also attended the Saudi National Day party hosted by Saudi embassy in Islamabad. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri hugged notorious terrorist ringleader Ludhianvi and their loud laughter ...

Funds for CPEC: Pakistan once again extends begging bowl to Saudia?

1397/7/6 | 16:38
The government of Saudi Arabia has signed three grant agreements with Pakistan to finance three road infrastructure and energy projects under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “These agreements have been inked in line with the understanding reached during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia,” Information Minis­ter Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference on Thursday. The agreements were signed by the Saudi envoy and the officials of Pakistan’s finance ministry. Minister says agreements on Reko Diq gold, ...

Saudi forces kill 3 anti-regime activists in Shia-populated Qatif

1397/7/6 | 16:38
Three anti-regime activists were reportedly killed in a Wednesday raid by the Al Saud regime forces on a house in the Shia-populated Qatif region in the east of the Arab kingdom, as the Riyadh regime continues its brutal crackdown on political dissidents. The three activists, all nationals of Saudi Arabia, were identified as Mohamed Hassan Ahmad al- Zayed, Moufeed Hamza Ali al-Alwan and Khalil Ibrahim Hassan al-Muslim, Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV reported on Thursday. During the operation in the oil-rich Eastern Province, three regime forces ...

Parliament not taken into confidence on Prime Minister Imran’s Saudi visit

1397/7/5 | 16:38
  Members of Pakistan’s bicameral Parliament’s lower house (National Assembly) and of upper house (Senate) are curious to know details of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. "An impression is being felt that Imran Khan will extend begging bowl during his maiden visit to Saudi Arabia and he should not do so," Shah said, adding that because he has been opposing to begging. However, Imran’s visit vindicated the stance of Shah. "> In particular, Pakistan Peoples Party’s members have ...

Qatar’s monarch slams Saudi-led blockade as flagrant violation of intl. law

1397/7/4 | 16:38
Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has censured the ongoing Saudi-led diplomatic and trade boycott against his energy-rich Persian Gulf kingdom, describing the move as a flagrant violation of the international law. Addressing world leaders at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Sheikh Tamim said the blockade is "paralyzing" Arab nations and has only caused "our region to remain hostage to marginal differences." He pointed out that Doha remains open to "unconditional dialogue." "We hope that ...

Opposition Senator concerned over pro-Saudi foreign policy of Pakistan

1397/7/3 | 16:38
Former Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate Mian Raza Rabbani has expressed his concerns over reports that Saudi Arabia had been offered to build a city of oil in Gwadar and asked Imran Khan’s PTI-led government: “Is it the singular superpower you are trying to please?   Raza Rabbani who is incumbent Senator of Pakistan Peoples Party also asked the PTI government if they want to realign the foreign policy?” He said it could not be done by off-the-cuff actions and statements. He stressed that parliament was the forum to take such decisions.   His ...

No financial assistance sought from S Arabia, UAE: Qureshi

1397/7/2 | 16:38
  Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan had not demanded financial assistance from Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates rather Islamabad sought investment in different sectors. Talking to reporters here on Sunday, the minister said that relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE had been cold as there had been no high-level contacts over the years. However, ties improved with both the brotherly countries after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit. India had accepted Pakistani proposal for meeting in New ...

Saudi Arabia bans 300,000 Palestinians from Makkah

1397/6/30 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia issued new directives banning up to 300,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from performing pilgrimage, Alarab.qa reported yesterday. Reporting the Palestinian Institution for Human Rights (Shahed), the Qatari news website said that Saudi Arabia stopped issuing visas for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who do not hold a Palestinian Authority (PA) passport. Shahed reported travel agents were informed by the Saudi embassy in Lebanon not to accept applications from Palestinians who do not have PA passports. The rights group ...

Bannon: Saudi, Egypt, UAE prepared to occupy Qatar

1397/6/29 | 16:38
  The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were planning to invade and occupy Qatar, remarks made by the Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon confirm. Made 10 months ago, during a meeting at Hudson Institute, a conservative American think tank, Bannon said US President Donald Trump’s summit with Arab leaders in Riyadh held in May discussed a plan to occupy Qatar. His comments only surfaced this weekend. “We went into the summit with UAE, Saudi Arabia and others; the number one thing was that we must take care of this financing ...

Shafaqna Exclusive: The deal behind Nawaz Sharif's release

1397/6/29 | 16:38
Deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar were released from jail on Wednesday after a court suspended their prison sentences. They were sentenced in July after being found guilty of corrupt practices related to the ownership of four luxury properties in central London. The deposed prime minister was plagued during his last term in office by the Panama Papers scandal. The Supreme Court had disqualified him and, later, the apex court had barred him from participating in the elections for ...

'Saudis gave MKO gold, Rolex watches worth hundreds of millions of dollars'

1397/6/29 | 16:38
An ex-member of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) has shed light on Saudi Arabia’s financial support for the anti-Iran terror group, explaining how the Riyadh regime funneled, in one instance, gold bars and other valuables worth hundreds of millions of dollars to the notorious outfit. Massoud Khodabandeh, a former high-ranking MKO element, made the revelations in an interview with Jordanian news website al-Bawaba released on Tuesday. He said officials of the Saudi spy agency, formerly led by Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud, gave the ...

Is Saudia paying $2bn for Nawaz Sharif's safe passage?

1397/6/28 | 16:38
Prime Minister Imran Khan reached Medina in the first leg of a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) — his first foreign tour after taking oath as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister. According to sources, Pakistan is likely to seek economic assistance of more than $2 billion from Saudi Arabia for its oil purchases. However, some sources have claimed that Saudia has offered assistance in return to provide safe passage to Ex, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister Khan was received at the airport by Medina Governor ...

Motives behind Saudi largesse: Is Bin Salman wooing Imran Khan with Petr-dollars?

1397/6/27 | 16:38
Saudi Arabia is expected to grant a special economic package to Pakistan in order to rescue its crippling economy during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the kingdom. Highly placed official sources confided to Daily Times that the issue would come under discussion during talks between Saudi King Salman and PM Imran Khan. Sources said Saudi economic facility would be in shape of oil supply approximately eight billions of USD which would ease Pakistan’s foreign payments pressure to large extend. The prime minister left for Jeddah along ...

Number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia increases to 2,613

1397/6/26 | 16:38
The number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia has increased to 2,613 detainees, according to Saudi human rights sources. The Twitter account of Prisoners of Conscience concerned with the detainees in Saudi Arabia stated in a tweet that: “the number of prisoners of conscience in Saudi Arabia has increased to 2,613 detainees.” The Twitter account added that “prominent lawyers, judges, academics, Muslim scholars, and media professionals” were among the detainees. It is noteworthy that there are detainees in the Kingdom who have ...

Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi spy drone in Jizan

1397/6/26 | 16:38
  Yemeni air defense units have shot down a Saudi reconnaissance drone in flight over a border area in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan. Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network, citing military sources, reported that the drone was shot down over the province’s Jarah valley on Sunday. Yemeni forces also managed to shoot down another Saudi spy drone in Jabal al-Doud area of the same troubled province on Saturday evening. Nearly two dozen spy drones have been shot down since the Saudi war on the ...

Saudi Arabia holds religious oppression as a normalized system of governance

1397/6/24 | 16:38
Before Washington, and with it, most Western capitals, decided to elect Saudi Arabia an invaluable ally in the architecturing of a new Middle Eastern order - a euphemism of course for political subservianism, it was commonly accepted that the Kingdom, the political expression of the Wahhabist thought met tribalism, was in fact a nefarious force and a patron of Terror. In 2009 Treasury Undersecretary Stuart, then-America's top financial-counterterrorism official made a crucial remark in an article for the Washington Post as to both the pathological ...

Saudi forces tear down Muharram mourning tents in Shia Qatif region

1397/6/23 | 16:38
Reports coming out of Saudi Arabia say the regime’s troops have attacked tents set up in the kingdom’s Shia-populated Qatif region in preparation for the mourning rituals during the lunar month of Muharram. Since the beginning of Muharram on Tuesday, Saudi forces have torn down at least 20 tents in Qatif, activists said on online social media networks. They have also been removing Shia signs under the pretext of ridding the region of what they call “visual pollution.” Social media users shared photos of the aftermath of the Saudi raids. Shia ...

Saudi Arabia buys Israeli ‘Iron Dome’ system amid détente: Report

1397/6/23 | 16:38
  Saudi Arabia has reportedly purchased a missile system owned and operated by Israel as the two regimes move towards making their secret relations public. Citing high-level diplomatic sources, the Emirati news website al-Khaleejonline reported on Wednesday that Riyadh had purchased the so-called Iron Dome system from Tel Aviv following US-mediated secret meetings in Washington. The report said that the deal, worth more than tens of millions of dollars, is expected to be implemented in December, with the first missile system being placed ...

Pompeo appreciates Saudi respect for civilians in Yemen war, lets aid continue

1397/6/22 | 16:38
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington will continue its military aid to Saudi Arabia and its allies to keep up with the bombardment of its impoverished neighbor, Yemen, arguing their efforts to “reduce the risk of harm to civilians.” The former CIA chief released a statement Wednesday to announce he had assured American lawmakers that the aggressors are on path to end the war. “I certified to Congress yesterday that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the ...

Will Imran Khan continue support with Saudi led military coalition?

1397/6/21 | 16:38
Almost a month into the new government taking oath there already are quite a few talking points. While many of these have come domestically, here we will be looking externally and what the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf led government seems to be up to on the diplomatic front. Possibly the very first demand that was thrown Prime Minister Imran Khan’s way was for his support for the Saudi led Islamic military coalition in exchange for significant financial relief. It will put him in a tricky spot given the fact that Finance Minister Asad Umar isn’t ...

Frequent rendezvous: What Saudia wants from Imran Khan?

1397/6/18 | 16:38
Saudi Information Minister Awwad Bin Saleh al Awwad called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Sunday and invited him to visit the kingdom. According to Radio Pakistan, the visiting minister conveyed Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s message of felicitation to PM Imran, congratulating him on assuming the top office. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry were also present on the occasion. Both sides exchanged views on promoting bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest. Meanwhile, ...

Tony Blair confirms receiving millions in donation from Saudi

1397/6/18 | 16:38
  Tony Blair’s relationship with Saudi Arabia has come under scrutiny following the revelation that the non-government organisation set up under his name has received millions of pounds from Riyadh. Accounts published yesterday by the Tony Blair Institute confirmed earlier reports that Blair had received donations of up to $12 million from the Kingdom. The Saudi donation, according to the Financial Times, comes from an organisation called Media Investment Limited (MIL), which is a subsidiary of Saudi Research & Marketing Group, ...

Saudi, allies trying to strangle Yemen through economic pressure: Houthi

1397/6/18 | 16:38
  The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, which are involved in an atrocious military campaign against Yemen that has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of innocent civilians and left the country’s critical infrastructure in ruins, are seeking to choke off the Yemeni nation through economic pressure. Addressing his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Saturday evening, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi stated that American statesmen ...

Saudi seeks death penalty for prominent cleric: reports

1397/6/14 | 16:38
Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor sought the death penalty against prominent cleric Sheikh Salman al Awda at the start of his trial Tuesday in Riyadh, a year after his arrest, media said. Awda faces 37 charges, the pro-government Okaz newspaper and other media close to the Saudi government reported, without offering any details. Awda was among more than 20 people arrested in September 2017 in a widening crackdown on dissent in the ultra-conservative kingdom. There was no immediate statement by the public prosecutor’s office. “Reports ...

Publishing online satire declared punishable offence

1397/6/14 | 16:38
In a move to further curb dissent, Saudi Arabia Tuesday banned online satire that “disrupts public order” with jail term up to five years in prison. “Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media … will be considered a cybercrime punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of three million riyals ($800,000),” the public prosecution tweeted late Monday. The kingdom’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ...