JF-17 Thunder airborne salutes Saudi Crown Prince, historic visit begins

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Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman arrives Pakistan on a maiden visit to the country on Sunday. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, Army chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa with  senior ministers greeted Saudi Prince at the airport. A red carpet welcome prepared for Prince Muhammad Bin Salman (MbS) on his arrival. Later, PM Khan drove the car of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to the Prime Minister’s house.

A  high-powered delegation, including members of Saudi Royal family, key ministers and leading businessmen accompanied crown prince during the visit .

Earlier, two special airplanes carrying a high-powered Saudi delegation of 19 members landed at Noor Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi this morning.

The delegation was escorted to Islamabad under heightened security alert.

The Army’s Triple-One brigade took over the security at Noor Khan Airbase before arrival of the royal delegation.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF)’s Sherdil Squadron, comprising the cutting-edge JF-17 Thunder  and F 16 aircrafts presented an airborne salute to the dignitaries after escorting them to Nur Khan Airbase Rawalpindi.

A 21-gun salute and a guard of honour will be presented to the crown prince as he reach the Prime Minister House.

Huge portraits of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Dr Arif Alvi have been placed on Constitution Avenue in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan.

Banners and posters inscribed with slogans of Pak-Saudi friendship and fraternity have also been put on display along the roads.

As per Schedule, Prince Muhammad will stay at the PM House during his two-day long visit.

The Saudi foreign minister Adil al Jubeir arrived shortly before the arrival of the crown prince.

Prime Minister Khan will hold an important meeting with the prince today, which will be followed by a formal dinner at the PM House.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will jointly preside over the Supreme Coordination Committee (SCC) meeting in Islamabad

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, during his two-day (February 17-18) visit of Pakistan, will be conferred on the country’s highest civil award Nishan-e-Pakistan.

On Feb 18, the crown prince, along with his 100-member delegation, will call on President Dr Arif Alvi, where the royal guest will be honored with a luncheon at the President House.

Other meetings with the military leadership and parliament members are also in the itinerary of the high-profile Saudi official.

The Saudi guests will depart for the airport from the President House on Feb 18.

“Historical deals” which would be inked during the Saudis’ visit have been given a final shape by the governments of both sides.

It has been reported that agreements of huge investment worth 20 billion dollars on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government will be inked during the visit of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

Around eight Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) are expected to be signed in diverse fields related to sports, youth, combating organized crime, including building a petrochemical complex in Gwadar.

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