PM Imran to watch Pakistan-India Asia Cup face-off in Dubai

19 September, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V K Singh addressing the ‘Smart Border Management 2018’ conference organised by FICCI in New Delhi on Monday

Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees born in Pakistan.

Pakistan's prime minister will head to Riyadh on Tuesday for his first foreign visit since coming to power, a trip that is expected to focus on the country's faltering finances. Similarly, matters related to welfare of the Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia and ways to enhance people to people contact are likely to come up for the discussion.

Imran Khan will also be visiting the UAE on Wednesday after completing his visit to Saudi Arabia, the reports added.

Imran, a legendary former Pakistan cricket captain, is also the patron-in chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Pakistan's current account deficit increased to 43 percent ($18 billion) in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Before the visit, Finance Minister Asad Umar said that International Monetary Fund assistance would remain a "fallback option". "If anything comes about we will let you know", he said.

Possible help from the Saudis could include a large direct loan or offering oil on deferred payments, analysts have suggested.

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"The Prime Minister will call on His Majesty King Salman and hold a bilateral meeting with the Crown Prince", Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement.

He said Islamabad had allied with Riyadh in its rivalry with Tehran in recent decades, but there had been a recent thaw with Iran led by Pakistan's military. He also talked about dialogue with Pakistan which is in the pipeline for a while now. This issue has been going on for a very long time.

But CBSN contributor Alex Kliment of GZERO Media said the decision could have positive political consequences for Khan since numerous refugees are part of the Pashtun ethnic group, which largely voted for Khan's political party in the recent election.

He said the message would be repeated when Mr Khan visits Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Minister of state for foreign affairs V.K. Singh said India is adopting a wait and watch approach on the newly installed government in Pakistan.


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