Not a ‘good idea’ to talk about improving ties after Pakistan’s thrashing of India: PM Imran Khan

Web Desk BOL News

25th Oct, 2021. 05:11 pm

Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses Saudi-Pak Investment Forum in Riyadh. Supplied photo.

Prime Minister Imran Khan remarked on Monday that it was not a “good idea” to talk about improving relations with India after Sunday’s “thrashing” of the Indian team by Babar Azam and co.

“I know after last night’s (Sunday) thrashing by Pakistan team in the cricket match its not a very good time to talk about improving relations with India,” sniped PM Imran Khan while addressing the Saudi-Pak Investment Forum in Riyadh.

The PM passed the remarks while mentioning the advantages of investing in Pakistan to the investors present at the forum. He highlighted that Pakistan due to its “strategic location” gives access to the two biggest markets of the world which were India and China.

The premier assured the Saudi investors that Pakistan enjoys excellent relations with China. He added that there is a lot of potential if “somehow” ties with India are resolved.

“And this is where I want to press our Saudi business community that circumstances never remain the same, they always change,” pitched PM Imran. He added that “successful business people” can look at the future and take that risk.

“If you look ahead Pakistan is at a strategic location where it opens the door to everyone, and what more would we want than our Saudi brothers to benefit from Pakistan’s location,” said PM Imran.

Pakistan will stand with Saudi Arabia: PM Imran

During his address, PM Imran also spoke about the ties between Riyadh and Islamabad, which he believes “transcends” all other relationships.

“Whichever [government] comes in Pakistan or goes. Every government will always want to have special ties with Saudi Arabia,” said the premier. He added that this was mainly because of the two holy mosques and because Riyadh has stood by Islamabad in its “difficult moments”.

“I can assure Saudi Arabia whenever there is any security threat to Saudi Arabia, whatever happens to the rest of the world I do not know, but I can assure you Pakistan will be standing with you to protect your security,” said PM Imran.

Saudi Arabia has changed under crown prince: PM

PM Imran also praised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for the “changes” he was introducing in the kingdom.

“I have been coming to Saudi Arabia for 30 years and I have seen it change under the dynamic leadership of the crown prince,” said PM Imran. He added that the crown prince was someone who has a passion to change the future of his country.

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