'America is not covering up Khashoggi murder,' Pompeo claims

'America is not covering up Khashoggi murder,' Pompeo claims

It's been more than four months since Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, was killed in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Preparations to welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in his first-ever visit to Pakistan are in full swing and the government has already booked 300 super luxury Toyota Land Cruiser Prado vehicles for the royal visit starting from Sunday.

Investment deals worth billions of dollars are anticipated to be signed during the visit.

After initially denying his death, Saudi Arabia has confirmed that its agents killed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government.

The Saudi royal will embark on a two-day visit to Islamabad on Saturday (February 16), Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Maliki was quoted as saying. "It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority".

He will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi on wide range of issues of mutual interest.

Saudi Arabia has also flagged a desire to invest in India's farm sector, with products to be exported to Saudi, another official at the trade ministry said.

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As a fellow Muslim country, Pakistan has long maintained strong ties with Saudi Arabia.

Most of the Saudi Arabian investment will be made in the fields of oil, alternate energy resources and mining, according to officials of the Board of Investment.

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".

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Sources said everything used by the Saudi visitors will be brought from the Saudi kingdom.

Responding to a query regarding China's reaction over Saudis investment in Gwadar, Mr Sharif said the former had no objection over the latter's plan to establish an oil refinery. "Their investment fund is over $1 trillion, so we want just a fraction of that", said a second Pakistani minister, who did not wish to be named. Pompeo had briefed lawmakers about the investigation but the secretary of state did not disclose any further details.

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