Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Pakistan, India hope to reap investment from Saudi prince's visit

Pakistan, India hope to reap investment from Saudi prince's visit

"Three mega government-to-government MoUs will be signed and their total volume will be in double digit billion dollars", Board of Investment (BoI) Chairman Haroon Sharif told Dawn on Monday.

Mr Khashoggi, an insider-turned-critic of the Saudi ruling regime, was killed and dismembered by people close to the crown prince after entering to pick up documents for his wedding.

"America has taken more action in response to the tragic murder of Jamal Khashoggi and will continue to take more action, continue our investigation".

Beginning February 19, it will be first state visit of Prince Salman, who is also the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Defence Minister, to India. "It couldn't have happened without his knowledge and approvals and we're going to take appropriate action", he added. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said sanctions against Saudi Arabia are "probably the most appropriate step" after Mr. Trump skipped a congressional deadline Friday for delivering a report on who's responsible for the slaying of Khashoggi.

Just a day before, the New York Times reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, widely considered to be implicated in the Khashoggi killing, said he would "use a bullet" on Khashoggi in 2017.

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Senator Tim Kaine, in a statement on Sunday, accused the administration of US President Donald Trump of "aiding in the cover-up of the murder". "America should never descend to this level of moral bankruptcy".

Pompeo said that Trump's administration was "working diligently" on its investigation.

That flies in the face of earlier claims by Saudi officials that Qahtani had been fired from his post in the aftermath of Khashoggi's murder - and amid heightened calls from lawmakers, human rights groups and other advocates to hold him accountable for his role in the crime. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the issue and spoke only on condition of anonymity. Lawmakers, including Menendez and Sen.

Conducting an investigation in Turkey last week, Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, acknowledged in a report that "Turkey's efforts to apply prompt, effective and thorough, independent and impartial, and transparent investigations - in line with global law - have been seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia".

Saud al-Qahtani is now acting as an informal adviser to the crown prince, known as MBS, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Tuesday.

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