A total of 3,240 Pakistani nationals are still languishing in the prisons of Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi informed the National Assembly on Thursday. The foreign minister in a written reply during today’s session of the lower house said Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in the kingdom has been making efforts to secure release of the Pakistani inmates.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said a total of 2,080 Pakistani prisoners were set free by Saudi authorities in the wake of the Saudi crown prince’s announcement in this regard during his Pakistan visit. About the prime minister’s efforts to help facilitate talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran, he said the premier emphasised on easing tensions and resolution of all issues between the two regional rivals through diplomatic means.
Prime Minister Imran Khan held meetings with Saudi and Iranian leadership in an effort to patch up the differences between the two.