AUG 12, 2018: Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud and crown prince Mohammad bin Salman have congratulated PM-in-waiting Imran Khan on his party’s victory in the last month’s general elections.
State-run news agency APP on Sunday quoted the Saudi Press Agency as saying that the Saudi king conveyed to the prime minister-in-waiting best wishes from the kingdom and its people for the progress and prosperity of the people of Pakistan.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also felicitated the PTI chairman and expressed good wishes and prayed for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki was the first diplomat to have met Mr Khan even when the poll results were still pouring in.
Later Mr Khan also received a number of diplomats from various countries at his Banigala residence.
During his meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost, the PTI chief had offered mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia to resolve differences between the two countries.
Later, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani telephoned Mr Khan to personally congratulate him on his party’s success in the July 25 elections and expressed willingness to further improve bilateral relations. He had also extended an invitation to Mr Khan to visit Iran after taking the oath as prime minister, which was reportedly accepted by the latter.
Earlier, acting US Ambassador to Pakistan John Hoover along with a delegation had also called on the PTI chief and discussed with the latter issues of mutual interest.
The ambassadors of Japan, European Union and Russia had also met Mr Khan and showed their readiness to cooperate with the future PTI-led government in Pakistan.
Last week, Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria also called on Mr Khan at his Banigala residence. During the meeting, Mr Khan had reportedly pushed for the “resumption of talks between Pakistan and India”. He had also expressed the hope that the Saarc conference would soon be held in Islamabad.
Mr Khan had received telephone calls from a number of world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.
Meanwhile, members of the lower house of the Parliament (National Assembly) were administered the oath by outgoing Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq on Monday, setting the stage for the country’s second democratic transition of power.
The newly-elected MNAs include Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan and vice-president Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PLM-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Pervez Khattak, Shireen Mazari, Shafqat Mehmood, Faisal Vawda, Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
Khan is widely believed to become the next prime minister of the country and hopes to take the oath to the highest political office in Pakistan on Aug. 18.