World|politics|February 19, 2019 / 10:50 AM
Saudi Arabia to release 2,000 Pakistani prisoners as part of lavish diplomatic visit

AKIPRESS.COM - Saudi Arabia has agreed to free more than 2,000 Pakistani prisoners as the kingdom's crown prince continued a high profile visit to its nuclear-armed ally, Telegraph reports.

Mohammad bin Salman promised to deliver “whatever we can do” for Pakistanis living in his country after a personal plea from Prime Minister Iran Khan.

The mass amnesty followed the signing of more than $20bn of Saudi investment deals in a lavish visit which has seen Islamabad spare no expense to welcome its wealthy friend.

The Crown Prince's visit is seen as sealing deepening ties between the two nations at a time when Mr Khan's government faces a painful balance of payments crisis.

Cash injections from Riyadh and the UAE have kept Pakistan's economy afloat in recent months and allowed Mr Khan to delay a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Crown Prince's investment deals, including a refinery complex, offer another economic lifeline.

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