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Islamabad poised to achieve economic growth with Riyadh’s assistance: Ashrafi

Ashrafi also highlighted the efforts of prime minister and army chief in garnering support and commitments from key stakeholders

By Asim Yasin
April 16, 2024
Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafii speaks in a press conference. — APP/File
Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafii speaks in a press conference. — APP/File 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Monday lauded the country’s economic advancements, saying that Pakistan is poised to achieve economic growth with strong support from Saudi Arabia.

Talking to the media, the PUC chairman emphasised the positive trajectory, attributing it to the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Army Chief Syed Asim Munir, particularly in fostering friendly relations with Islamic nations to bolster investment and business opportunities in Pakistan.

He said a high-level delegation led by Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister is expected to arrive in Pakistan today, marking a significant milestone in bilateral ties. He further said that the visit will underscore Pakistan’s appeal as an investment destination among friendly Islamic nations.

Ashrafi also highlighted the efforts of prime minister and army chief in garnering support and commitments from key stakeholders, including the Saudi leadership and prominent businessmen.

He said over the past two months, concerted efforts have been made to strengthen relations between both the countries, culminating in successful meetings between Pakistan’s leadership and top Saudi officials, including Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman and the Muslim World League Secretary-General Dr Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa.

Ashrafi said the visit of Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, accompanied by representatives from vital ministries and business sectors, will reaffirm the growing partnership and commitment to mutual prosperity.

He expressed optimism about Pakistan’s future, foreseeing an end to economic hardships and a brighter outlook for its citizens. He credited establishment of the Special Investment Facilitation Council and the government’s dedication under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s leadership in facilitating investments from friendly nations.

Ashrafi said these initiatives are poised to drive economic growth and alleviate the financial burdens faced by the people. With a strategic focus on fostering Islamic ties and attracting investments, he said Pakistan is positioned to emerge as a beacon of economic stability and prosperity in the region.

“As collaborations deepen and partnerships flourish, the nation is poised to overcome challenges and usher in an era of sustained growth and development, guided by the principles of friendship, cooperation, and mutual benefit,” he said.