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New Ambassador meets The Press
Report by Zaheer Butt

Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Muhammad Asad Durrani, new Pakistani Ambassador to the
Kingdom, arrived in Riyadh. An arrangement was made by the Pakistani Embassy to   introduce the newly arrived envoy to the media.
  In his first briefing to the local and Pakistani Urdu and English  newspaper's   representatives at the Embassy building, Durrani said "I am priviledged to have been appointed as the Ambassador of Pakistan. This task is challenging as  well as formidable for me as the Pakistan community here is one of the largest  in the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia."
He annouced the new fee structure which is already enforced from 1st
September, which is reduced by over 30 percent. Urgent fee for passport renewal will now   be SR.336 instead of SR.487. Ordinary passport renewal fee will be SR.127 instead of 184.  Urgent endorsement in the passport has beed reduced from SR.52 to SR.36 and from SR.27 to  SR.10 for  ordinary.
This reduction has been made to give releif to low paid or middle class expatriate Pakistanis working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Regarding PISR and other community matters, He said " the embassy will interact with the  Pakistanis living in the Kingdom. For trade and business relations  between the two countries he said, " we will implement more trade and economic   proposals in the light of the framework of the newly formed Saudi-Pakistan Joint Business Council". In this press conference Deputy Chief of Mission; Mohammed Nawas
Chaudhry, Consular Abdul Matin Khan, Economic Consular Muhammad Khan Junejo, Consular Rana Matloob Ahmed and Irshad Kiyani were present.

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