Arab News office formally inaugurated in Pakistan

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Islamabad: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the government had finalized arrangements to warmly welcome Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) to Pakistan and Prime Minister Imran Khan would personally receive him at the airport.

Inaugurating Pakistan’s bureau office of the esteemed and widely read Arab News, in Islamabad, the information minister said that a fleet of Pakistan Air Force jets would escort his planes as they enter the country’s airspace.

“We warmly welcome Arab News in Pakistan and it is yet another edition in Pakistan media. The opening of Arab News office in Islamabad, the perception that new media houses are not coming here will prove unsubstantiated,” he observed.

Latter, Information minister along with Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas and Asia Bureau Chief Baker Atyani cut a ceremonial ribbon to open the office. The launching ceremony was attended by a small gathering belonging to prominent media groups of Pakistan.

The minister said Pakistan enjoys special status and always played a very vital role in Middle East peace, security and prosperity. He hoped with the edition of Arab News publication to Pakistani media, the existing relations between Arab worlds and Pakistan will get stronger.

Editor-in-Chief of Arab News Faisal J. Abbas on the occasion thanked the minister for supporting to open office in Islamabad.

Sharing details of the newly inaugurated office, Baker Atyani, Asia Bureau Chief of Arab News, said Arab News has vast existence and infrastructure in nine Asian counties including Pakistan. “We will run its operation from Islamabad. And we have a plan to expand that operation to other Asian countries as well,” Atyani added.

It merits mention here that Arab News has launched its online Pakistan edition in February last year as part of its global digital expansion plans. The project is the first of many new international editions planned by the Riyadh-based newspaper.

Arab News is part of Saudi joint stock Company, Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) registered in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh. The SRMG considered the most influential network in Arab World which publish 12 newspapers and news magazine in four different languages.

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