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ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia is said to have agreed to extend Pakistani passports to thousands of Burmese Muslims residing in Saudi Arabia on the request of Islamabad made during the recent visit of Saudi Deputy Interior Minister, well informed sources told Business Recorder.

On May 19, 2023, during the federal cabinet meeting, Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah Khan conveyed the profound thanks of the Deputy Interior Minister, on behalf of the Saudi Government, to the Prime Minister and the Government of Pakistan for agreeing to renew the passports of Burmese Muslims residing in Saudi Arabia.

It was informed that on the request of Saudi government in the past, Pakistani passports were issued to Burmese Muslims to give them a legal status in Saudi Arabia but these were not renewed after 2012, which created difficulties for them in the Kingdom.

‘Road-to-Makkah’: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree to implement project

Endorsing the goodwill gesture, a member cautioned the Interior Division to ensure that these Burmese Muslims and their children were not deported to Pakistan in future.

Prime Minister also noted that he and the Iranian president co-inaugurated a joint border market and an electricity transmission line adding that the Mand-Pashin Border sustenance Marketplace would bolster cross-border trade between the two neighbouring counties and provide opportunities for local businesses to flourish.

The 100-MW transmission line to Gwadar would supplement the electricity already purchased from Iran and help offset energy needs of Balochistan’s border regions.

The Prime Minister lamented the delay caused by the previous government, which had kept the project on the backburner. He said now it had been completed on a fast-track basis and would be the harbinger of tremendous socioeconomic benefits to the people of the area.

Referring to his meeting on the sidelines of the event with the Iranian President, the Prime Minister shared the resolve of the two leaders to enhance bilateral trade and multi-sectoral cooperation commensurate with the close fraternal ties between the two neighbouring countries.

It was also agreed that the peace and security at the Pak-Iran border would be jointly ensured. In this regard a Pakistani delegation, led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, would visit Iran soon to finalize an action plan.

A member drew attention to the difficulties being faced by Zaireen intending to visit Iran and Iraq, in matters related to visas, which needed to be taken up at the bilateral level. The Minister for Interior apprised that the Iraqi Interior Minister would be visiting Pakistan soon to sign a MoU in this regard.

He further apprised that the Saudi Deputy Interior Minister recently visited Pakistan and signed an agreement on execution of the Road to Makkah, a project aimed at simplifying the immigration process at the embarkation stage for pilgrims intending to perform Hajj and Umrah.

As per the accord, in the first phase, the services would be available at Islamabad airport and will be extended to Karachi and Lahore airports by next year. The members desired a detailed presentation on the Road to Makkah project in the next Cabinet meeting.

The members also discussed the recent wide circulation of controversial audios, which had been witnessed on national electronic, print and social media, allegedly regarding the Judiciary and former chief Justices/ certain Judges, whereby alleged conversations raised serious apprehensions about the conduct of a few belonging to the higher judiciary pertaining to the administration of justice.

The members opined that such audio leaks had eroded public trust and serious concerns had been raised by the general public regarding independence, impartiality and uprightness of the chief justices/ some judges of the superior courts.

It was observed that under the constitution of Pakistan, the independence, integrity and character of chief justices/ judges is of utmost importance for keeping the public trust and confidence in the administration of justice.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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TimetoMoVVeOn May 27, 2023 08:50am
Why not to hindus or to Christians in Burma. But you guys want equal rights in Hindu and Christian countries
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Joe May 27, 2023 12:03pm
First Afghanis and Now Burmese?
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Tulukan Mairandi May 27, 2023 12:06pm
Its amazing that Pakistan gives passport to Rohingya with the blessings of Saudi and China, both of whom manage Pakistan's sovereignty. I hope all the oppressed Rohingyas from all other countries immediately flee to Pakistan, where life is so good.
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Rogen May 27, 2023 12:30pm
Pakistan, where Kashmiris, Burmese, Palestinians and Afghans have more love than Pakistanis
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Rogen May 27, 2023 12:30pm
Pakistan, where Kashmiris, Burmese, Palestinians and Afghans have more love than Pakistanis
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Pakistani1 May 27, 2023 03:35pm
KSA agrees? to extend Pakistani passports? Is this for real? Has Pakistan outsourced issuing of Pakistani passports to another government?
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Pakistani1 May 27, 2023 03:37pm
Why is Pakistan doing this? arent there enough refugees in Pakistan already? Is there any longterm benefit to Pakistan?
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Tulukan Mairandi May 27, 2023 04:08pm
Our master Saudi must agree for us to issue passports go whoever
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Abrar Ahmed May 27, 2023 04:58pm
Pakistan ought to shrug off its past, live in future, let Bangladesh, Maldives and ASEAN or OIC handle the Burmese Muslim case
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Ash Chak May 28, 2023 12:11am
@Pakistani1,, The refugees are Rohingya refugees who are in KSA as refugees. The understanding was, Pakistan will provide them with passports and KSA will provide them with food, shelter and security. Understandably, Pakistan has no interest in hosting these refugees "Endorsing the goodwill gesture, a member cautioned the Interior Division to ensure that these Burmese Muslims and their children were not deported to Pakistan in future.".
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Abdullah May 28, 2023 01:04pm
Finally a sigh of relief for our Rohingya brothers, we must remember that Allah is the sustainer and with the barkah of this gesture Pakistan will prosper prosper, inshaAllah, our neighbors need not worry about it, our doors must remain open for all the repressed people of the world who share our values.
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Abdullah May 28, 2023 01:09pm
@TimetoMoVVeOn, which countries are Hindu or christian? India is not a Hindu country it is a secular country, most countries in Europe and US are secular democracies. Hindus and christians are not being oppressed or are stateless in Burma. Only Muslims of Burma are stateless.
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Ifti May 29, 2023 05:31am
@TimetoMoVVeOn, these people have been persecuted due to religion and have forcefully been made refugees. So chill and calm down on Anti Muslim rhetoric.
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Ifti May 29, 2023 05:32am
@Tulukan Mairandi, so what is your solution apart from spreading hate.
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