King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia was laid to rest on Friday.

Funeral prayers of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz were offered at Prince Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh. A number of world leaders also attended the funeral of the Saudi leader.

Speaking in Radio Pakistan’s Nuqta-e Nazar program, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said:  “King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz always stood by Pakistan through thick and thin. Pakistan cannot forget the valuable assistance and cooperation rendered by the Kingdom, following imposition of sanctions on the country in the wake of nuclear explosions. Saudi Arabia provided oil facility to Pakistan during this period to help overcome its financial constraints. I am confident that Pak-Saudi relations would continue to reach new heights during tenure of the new King. He said the two brotherly countries would forge their relations in different spheres of life.”

Analyst Dr. Shaheen Akhtar said: “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have strong relationship. Entire nation is in deep sorrow on the demise of King Abdullah. The nation has respectful connection with Saudi Arabia on religious basis. King Abdullah always led the Muslim Ummah and resolved the collective issues being faced by Muslim countries. It is also expected that new king of Saudi Arabia, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz will continue the relationship of cooperation with Pakistan. Saudi Arabia can play its important role in the confidence building between Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Senior journalist Zafar Mahmood Sheikh said: “The whole world is in grief on the demise of King Abdullah. His death is a great loss for the Muslim Ummah. He sent huge amount of aid in every natural disaster in Pakistan. Whenever Pakistan faced any economic problem, it was King Abdullah who came to our help. It is hoped that the new king of Saudi Arabia will follow the policies of his predecessor.”          

Former Ambassador Shahid Amin said: “The demise of Shah Abdullah is an hour of grief for the Muslim Ummah. He always helped Pakistan during his reign. He provided cheap patrol to Pakistan besides providing the aid of millions of Riyals. When Pakistan faced economic sanctions following its nuclear tests in 1998, it was Saudi Arabia who came to rescue us.”

Former Secretary OIC Khalid Saleem said: “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed good brotherly relations. These relations reached to their zenith during the reign of Shah Abdullah. He provided a lot of funds for the welfare and betterment of Muslim Ummah. With his demise, the Ummah has lost a great friend and benefactor. In Saudi Arabia, the kingship has always been popular due to its caring attitude towards the citizens. I had the honor to meet Shah Abdullah in 1975 and I was really pleased when he agreed to provide employment to Pakistani workers.”

Former Ambassador Mushtaq Ahmad Mehr said: “I met King Abdullah in 1975 when he was commander of National Guards. I was highly impressed with his personality. A Pakistani doctor served as personal physician of King Abdullah and the Shah greatly admired our armed forces. Saudi Arabia is the only Muslim country with strong kingship. Saudi Arabia is also serving as headquarters of Muslims due to the presence of holy places there.”

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