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Saudi Arabia asks Shehbaz to perform Umrah, so he anticipates meeting MBS.



According Pakistani reports, Saudi Arabia has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to perform Umrah because it anticipates that during his visit, he will meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The invitation is extended at a time when Pakistan is in dire need of foreign investment to boost its faltering economy, which has been severely impacted by the depreciation of the currency, ongoing inflation, and historically high interest rates.

The sources claim that once the prime minister’s meeting with the Saudi crown prince, who serves as the de facto ruler of the oil-rich Gulf State, is finalized, he will depart for Saudi Arabia.

The two presidents will discuss a number of these endeavors as talks to formally define several projects for Pakistan are already under way.

According to the sources, a delegation from Barrick Gold recently visited Pakistan and spoke with Shehbaz and other high-ranking officials. As a result, it is anticipated that Saudi Arabia will spend $1 billion in the Reko Diq project in the coming weeks.

50% of Reko Diq is owned by Barrick, with the remaining 50% being jointly held by the province of Balochistan and the Pakistani government.

Chief Executive Officer of Barrick, Mark Bristow, has earlier praised Saudi Arabia’s participation in the billion-dollar Reko Diq project, one of the largest undeveloped ventures with enormous deposits of gold and copper.

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are already investigating methods to strengthen cooperation in fields other than mining and energy, such as agriculture. It is anticipated that Pakistan will benefit from several development initiatives as a result of the prime minister’s visit.

Any investment from Saudi Arabia will help the country’s stocks and investors’ spirits, as the Pakistan Stock Exchange is once again setting new records following a strong decrease in inflation that reignited expectations for early interest rate reduction.

However, Riyadh, led by Mohammed bin Salman, usually referred to as MBS, has been focusing on economic diversification in an effort to lessen the kingdom’s reliance on fossil fuels and establish itself as a hub for entertainment, sports, and tourism in addition to manufacturing.

As a result, Saudi Arabia is not only drawing in international capital for a variety of industries, but it has also been sending billions of dollars abroad, a move that will strengthen its position as a major player in the world economy.

However, the World Bank noted in a recent report that Pakistan must simultaneously implement reforms and remove obstacles to draw in foreign investment on a consistent and long-term basis by attracting investors in a variety of industries.

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Punjabi bakers decide to charge Rs. 15 for “roti.”




The bread, known as roti, will be sold for Rs 15 by the bakers association.

During their discussion, the association promised Food Minister Bilal Yasin that the rate of roti will be reduced.

The minister was there when Association President Aftab Gul recorded a video message committing to sell rotis for Rs15 each.

According to him, the administration decided to lower the rate of flour. He continued, saying that the group was supporting the government hand in hand to stop inflation.

The price of flour has been drastically lowered, according to Food Minister Bilal, to help the populace. He stated, “the government aimed at providing quality and affordable bread to the masses.”

He said that the recent reduction of Rs 1,200 in the price of flour was the biggest drop in the commodity’s prices in the nation’s history.

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Day four of the AJK inflation protest begins as talks come to a standstill.




Following the collapse of talks between the Awami Action Committee and the AJK government on Sunday, the shutdown strike and protests in Azad Kashmir over rising flour and energy costs started their fourth day on Monday.

The ongoing shutdown and wheeljam strike would continue until their demands are fulfilled, according to the Awami Action Committee.

AAC-led march on state capital Muzaffarabad today has brought the valley to a near stop. The caravans are coming from many AJK cities, and they are headed towards Rawalakot. The march is being caused by the impasse in the negotiations.

Reportedly, the demonstrators have blocked the 40-kilometer Kohala–Muzaffarabad Road, which connects Kohala Town and Muzaffarabad, multiple times.

Traffic on main thoroughfares and roads has decreased, and large police contingents have been stationed at strategic points and roundabouts.

After fighting broke out between the police and demonstrators in Mirpur on Saturday, which left one policeman dead and numerous others injured, the AJK government dispatched Rangers.

Everything is completely suspended, including internet and cellular services, business, and education.

Under the pretext of talks, Awami Action Committee leader Sardar Umar Nazir Kashmiri has charged that the administration is using deceptive methods.

Apart from the flour subsidy, he continues, the administration will not budge on any other demand.


All parties involved have been asked by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Zardari to use moderation and engage in discussions to find a solution. According to both, the demonstrators in Azad Kashmir should have their legitimate demands met.

The issue in AJK will be the topic of a significant meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is calling today, Monday.

The skirmishes between the demonstrators and the AJK police caused anxiety for the premier on Sunday.

Speaking with Chaudhry Anwarul Haq, the prime minister of AJK, he said he also gave the office-bearers of the All-Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in AJK instructions to speak with the leaders of the Awami Action Committee.

Olive Branch is offered by AJK PM.

Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Anwarul Haq stated on Sunday that his administration was ready to lessen the burden of exorbitant grain and energy costs.

Regarding Saturday’s meetings with the demonstrators, Prime Minister Haq declared, “We are determined to implement the agreement we have reached with the Awami Action Committee.”

Politicians, according to Haq, have found solutions to issues through discussion and “we are ready to talk with the Awami Action Committee at any level and the demands related to the government of Pakistan will be raised before the federation.”

In order to ease the burden of rising flour and power prices, he also expressed a willingness to modify the development budget if needed.

The AJK prime minister stated that his government’s first priority was ensuring public safety, and he further stated that no force was applied to the demonstrators.

Sub-inspector Adnan Qureshi was killed in a confrontation with demonstrators in Mirpur, and hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday.

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Today’s National Assembly session is scheduled.




The National Assembly (NA) will meet today (Monday) at the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari.

At 4:00 p.m., the National Assembly will convene in the federal capital at Parliament House. The meeting’s agenda has been released by the assembly secretariat.

As per Article 54(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has the authority to call a session of the National Assembly.

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