PM offers Jumma-tul-Wida prayers at Masjid-e-Nabavi (PBUH)

PM reiterates support for the global pledge of an independent state of Palestine

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MADINA: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offered the prayers of Jumma-tul-Wida, the last Friday of Ramazan, at the Masjid-e-Nabavi on the second day of his visit.

The prime minister prayed for the peace and prosperity of the country. The members of the prime minister’s delegation also offered the prayers.

Earlier, the prime minister twice visited Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH) to pay his respects and also offer Nawafil at the holy place.

PM Shehbaz Sharif arrived in Madina Munawwara on Thursday on a three-day visit to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

During the visit, the prime minister will have bilateral interaction with the Saudi leadership, with a particular focus on advancing economic, trade, and investment ties and creating greater opportunities for the Pakistani workforce in Saudi Arabia.

The two sides will also exchange views on a range of regional and international issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif along with his delegation after arrival in Madina Munawara twice visited the Roza e Rasool (PBUH) and paid his respects.

The prime minister also offered Nawafil at Masjid-e-Nabavi and prayed for the peace and prosperity of the country.

The delegation including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Ahsan Iqbal, Maulana Asad, Mohsin Dawar, Shahzain Bugti and others also offered Nawafil along with the prime minister. Meanwhile, to an official commitment, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Friday while expressing solidarity for the brave Palestinian people, reiterated support for the global pledge of an independent state of Palestine.

The prime minister, in his message on Al Quds Day observed annually on last Friday of Holy Ramazan, said the designation of the Day by Iran in 1979 was aimed at expressing Muslim Ummah’s support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for rights.

He said Jerusalem has been recognized as the capital of the Palestinian state where the Qibla-e-Awal was a source of peace for the Muslims.

Every year, on this day, Muslims strongly condemn the oppression of the Zionist forces, barbaric attacks and aggression by a Zionist state. Pakistan also joins the voices for justice and condemns the oppression of the Palestinian people, he added.

The prime minister urged the international community to ensure the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions and agreements on the two-state solution.

He viewed that the enforcement of the UN Security Council resolutions against the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine by India and Israel respectively could bring about a durable peace in the region.

The prime minister also paid tribute the martyrs of the Kashmir and Palestine movements and prayed for the success of their decades old struggle.

Further adding to this, Minister for Interior Rana Sana Ullah Khan strongly condemning disrespectful incident occurred at Masjid-e-Nabvi said on Friday that the government would request Saudi Arabia to take appropriate action against those who used indecent language in the premises of Masjid-e-Nabvi and misbehave with ministers.

Addressing a press conference along with Adviser to PM on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira, he said the interior ministry had sought advice from the law department about taking legal action against the culprits.

The law ministry had also been asked to assist that whether cases could be filed here in Pakistan, he said.

He said violating the sanctity of Masjid e Nabvi was a “shameful act”. “What happened in Medina last night was saddening and badly damaged our image,” he said.

Rana Sanaullah said the act was pre-planned in Pakistan at the behest of former prime minister Imran Khan Niazi and former Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.

Imran Khan and Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed were making efforts to provoke public sentiments against their rivals, he said.

He said Imran Khan should refrain from spreading anarchy and hatred in the country only to achieve his political objectives. Such things were not useful for parliamentary system, he added.

The minister said the incident was preplanned and it was not difficult to stage a protest with the help of 50-100 people.

He said Federal Minister Shahzain Bugti was physically assaulted while Marriyum Aurangzeb was also harassed and misbehaved.

“My ministry is going to make a humble request to the Saudi government to take appropriate action in this regard so that such behaviour is controlled. We will also apprise them that the whole nation passed through a stressful period when they came to know what happened at the holy mosque.”

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