Pakistan poised for economic growth with strong support from Saudi Arabia: Ashrafi

Apr 15, 2024

Islamabad: Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Monday lauded Pakistan’s economic advancements, expressing gratitude for the country’s success in both economic and financial sectors.

Talking to media, he emphasized the positive trajectory, attributing it to the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Syed Asim Munir, particularly in fostering friendly relations with Islamic nations to bolster investment and business opportunities in Pakistan.

Ashrafi said a high-level delegation led by Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister is expected to arrive in Pakistan this day, marking a significant milestone in bilateral ties. He said the visit will underscore Pakistan’s appeal as an investment destination among friendly Islamic nations.

Ashrafi also highlighted the effectiveness of prime minister and army chief in garnering support and commitments from key stakeholders, including the Saudi leadership and prominent businessmen.

He said over the past two months, concerted efforts have been made to strengthen Pakistan-Saudi Arabia relations, culminating in successful meetings between Pakistan’s leadership and top Saudi officials, including Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman and the Muslim World League Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa. Ashrafi said the visit of Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, accompanied by representatives from vital ministries and business sectors, will reaffirm the growing partnership and commitment to mutual prosperity.

He expressed optimism about Pakistan’s future, foreseeing an end to economic hardships and a brighter outlook for its citizens. He credited establishment of the Special Investment Facilitation Council, aligned with General Asim Munir’s vision, and the government’s dedication under Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif’s leadership in facilitating investments from friendly nations. Ashrafi said these initiatives are poised to drive economic growth and alleviate the financial burdens faced by the Pakistani people.

With a strategic focus on fostering Islamic ties and attracting investments, he said Pakistan is positioned to emerge as a beacon of economic stability and prosperity in the region. As collaborations deepen and partnerships flourish, Ashrafi said the nation is poised to overcome challenges and usher in an era of sustained growth and development, guided by the principles of friendship, cooperation, and mutual benefit.