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Pakistan gifts gold-plated assault rifle to Saudi crown prince

Pakistan PM Imran Khan had received a gold Kalashnikov from Saudi Arabia in January
Pakistani President Arif Alvi (left) confers Pakistan's highest civil award Nishan-e-Pakistan to Mohammed bin Salman in Islamabad on Monday.

PTI   |   Islamabad   |   Published 21.02.19, 12:01 PM

At a time when Pakistan is under immense global pressure to curb terrorism, the country's cash-strapped government has gifted Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman a gold-plated assault rifle, a media report said.

The unusual gift for a visiting foreign dignitary was presented to Mohammad during his first official visit to Islamabad.


The News International reported that Pakistan's senate delegation called on the crown prince at the Prime Minister's House where senate chairman Sadiq Sanjrani gifted him a portrait and a gold-plated gun.

The prince is also Saudi Arabia's defence minister.

In a similar gesture from the cash-rich kingdom in January, Saudi prince Fahd Bin Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, also the Tabuk governor, had presented a gift of “gold Kalashnikov” and bullets to Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Saudi Crown Prince's just-concluded high-profile visit to Islamabad came in the midst of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the worst terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. The attack was carried out by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The international community led by the US has pressed Pakistan to deny safe haven to terror groups operating form its soil and bring the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack to justice.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed a slew of investment agreements worth $20 billion, which will provide relief to Pakistan’s teetering economy.

Pakistan is negotiating a multi-billion bailout package with the International Monetary Fund.

China, Islamabad's close ally, has also offered financial aid to the country.

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