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PM Imran secures $6b lifeline from Saudi Arabia

PM Imran secures $6b lifeline from Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday provided a $6 billion lifeline to Pakistan on an annual basis in the shape of cash assistance and oil on deferred payments for one year, providing a much-needed breathing space to the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan.This is the second time when Saudi Arabia has bailed out Pakistan during the […]

‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’, first Pakistani film to commercially release in Saudi Arabia

‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’, first Pakistani film to commercially release in Saudi Arabia

Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir-starrer Parwaaz Hai Junoon which was released all across the country on Eidul Azha will become the first Pakistani film to commercially release in Saudi Arabia.Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting for the government of Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry made the announcement on Twitter. He wrote, “Pakistani movie Parwaaz Hai Junoon will be the first film to […]

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that “disrupts public order” with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent. “Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media … will be considered a […]

Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games including Witcher and GTA

Saudi Arabia bans 47 video games including Witcher and GTA

Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, Assassins Creed 2 and Witcher, for unspecified violations of rules […]

Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

Saudi Arabia reshuffles cabinet with eye on culture

  RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi Arabia announced another cabinet reshuffle Saturday with a heavy focus on culture and religion, as the kingdom undergoes a major image overhaul. This is the second significant government change since the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, as heir to the region’s most powerful throne. The crown […]

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia seeks to criminalise sexual harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials said Tuesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving.The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of 300,000 […]

Qatar bans goods from UAE, Saudi Arabia

Qatar bans goods from UAE, Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Qatar said it was banning products originating from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, almost a year after those states imposed an embargo on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism. “Products originating from the blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the Gulf Cooperation Council Customs Territory, […]

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

RIYADH ;Saudi air defences on Friday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Najran after it was fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Najran without causing casualties, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement released by the […]

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

Saudi Arabia says new Yemen missile intercepted

RIYADH ;Saudi air defences on Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile over the southern city of Jizan after it was fired from rebel-held territory in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi-led military coalition said. Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Jizan without causing casualties, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement released by the […]