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Rather overcoming hunger and poverty Pakistan is gifting a gold plated rifle to Saudi Prince

Rather overcoming hunger and poverty Pakistan is gifting a gold plated rifle to Saudi Prince

Pakistan government has gifted a gold-plated assault rifle present to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.  The unusual gift for visiting foreign dignitary was presented to Mr. Mohammad during his first official visit to Islamabad.

 According to a report that Pakistan’s Senate delegation called on the Crown Prince at the Prime Minister’s Imran Khan’s House where Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani gifted him a gold plated assault rifle. Developed by German engineers, the Heckler & Koch MP5 is a submachine gun and features a lavish and intricate pattern and many of its components are gold-plated. Along with it, the crown prince also received a portrait of himself.

Prince Fahad also met with Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to emphasise the strength of relations between the two countries.

Alvi asserted that Pakistan greatly values its close “brotherly” relations with Saudi Arabia and wants an even closer relationship with the kingdom. He also expressed satisfaction over the increasing level of trade and investment relations. In October, Pakistan secured a $6 billion support package from Saudi Arabia to aid its ailing finances.

The package’s announcement followed Khan’s visit to Riyadh for the Future Investment Forum (FII) business conference, which had been boycotted by a number of high-profile business leaders and politicians over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

$3 billion was negotiated directly to help its balance of payments crisis, while a further $3 billion will be paid at a later date for oil imports. “This arrangement will be in place for three years, which will be reviewed thereafter,” Pakistan’s Finance Ministry said in a statement.

Prior to the FII conference, Khan had expressed his country’s desperation to secure economic aid, saying that Pakistan is running low on foreign currency reserves.

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