Saudi King gets Pak's highest civilian award
President Musharraf conferred the Nishan-e-Pakistan award on Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 18:59 IST
Pakistan President General Pervez Musharrafon Thursday conferred the country's highest civilian award -- Nishan-e-Pakistan -- on Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz.
The awardwas givenin recognition of his outstanding contribution to development of greater understanding between the two countries.
The award was conferred at a special investiture ceremony at the President's House.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Senate chairman Mohammad Mian Soomro, Speaker of the national assembly, Choudry Amir Hussain, governors and chief ministers, cabinet ministers and service chiefs also attended the ceremony.
The citation paid rich tributes to the distinguished leader, stating that people of Pakistan held the Saudi King in high esteem for his tireless services for the unity and progress of the Ummah.
"Under the sagacious guidance of his majesty, the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have grown from strength to strength.
The generous contribution of of Saudi Arabia in the economic and special uplift of Pakistan is deeply appreciated," it said.
The citation also recognised the pre-eminent position of the Saudi leader within the Islamic conference as a 'torch bearer' for the future of the community.
Speaking at a banquet hosted in his honour by President Musharraf the Saudi King appreciated the peace process between Pakistan and India and hoped that the issues would be resolved amicably.
He said during his visit to India, he expressed the need for an early settlement of the disputes.
"We were working for an environment of peace in South Asia and were engaged in a sincere effort to resolve the Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India," President Musharraf said.
He added that they had no doubt that the Saudi King's visit to India would encourage the peace process.
The President appreciated the Saudi contribution towards Pakistan's economic development.
"It would remain our endeavour to promote our multi-faceted cooperation" the President said.
President Musharraf hoped that the current visit of Saudi King would provide new impetus and raise comprehensive and strategic partnership between the two countries to new higher levels.