ISLAMABAD – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Pakistan have developed a kind of relations which have deep strong roots of common culture, heritage, trust, vision, beliefs, and economic welfare. Above all security of the one is the security of other.
Prof Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University (IIUI) expressed these views while delivering a lecture on the topic “History of Pak-Saudi Relations since Independence” to a big gathering of Deans, Directors, Heads, faculty members and students of different departments of National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, and Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI) at NUML, Monday.
The lecture was also attended by Director General (DG) Brig Azam Jamal, Director Planning and Coordination Brig (R) Dr Risat Ali and Dr Ali Anwer, Head of Arabic Department.
Dr Al-Draiweesh said that relations between Pakistan and KSA dated as back as the concept of Pakistan was conceived and to pre and post-independent period and now people of both the countries had been linked with each other like an unbreakable chain. He said that KSA was the first country to initiate a campaign for the recognition of Pakistan and then officially recognize her status as a sovereign country.
Dr Al-Draiweesh said ever since the establishment of diplomatic ties, both the countries had enjoyed most cordial relations which were not confined to political, economic, commercial, security and religious matters. Common faith and culture had further enhanced by close geographical proximity, historic trade ties, religious association and the economic facilitation.
He said that more than 3 million Pakistanis were working in Saudi Arabia and more than 44 joint ventures in different sectors between both the countries were in progress. In recent years, both countries have exchanged high-level delegations and developed plans to expand bilateral cooperation in trade, education, real estate, tourism, information technology, communications and agriculture. Pakistan maintained close military ties with Saudi Arabia, providing extensive support, arms and training for the Saudi Arabian military.
DG Brig Azam Jamal while presenting a vote of thank, said that there was no denying the fact that the hearts of people of both the nation beat together and they stood by with each other through thick and thin. He expressed gratitude for preferring NUML for delivering informative lecture and such initiatives would further boost the academic ties between NUML and IIUI and ultimately between both the countries.
Later the President IIUI also had a meeting with the Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan in his office. They discussed academic matters of mutual interest and agreed that the two universities would closely collaborate with each other in pursuit of common objectives relating to high quality of education. DG presented shield to the Prof Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh.