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PM Imran Khan gives a speech at the state dinner

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday signed with Pakistan eight agreements worth $20 billion, the media reported.

The crown prince was at the center of a global outcry a year ago over the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"India and Saudi Arabia have historically enjoyed close and friendly relations anchored in mutually beneficial partnership and extensive people to people contacts".

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These government sources said India had developed a relationship with Saudi Arabia independent of Riyadh's relations with Pakistan and that, if anything, it was Islamabad which needed to feel insecure about India's growing relation with Saudi Arabia.

"We are desperate at the moment", Khan told MEE.

Pakistani Foreign Minister told Sputnik on Friday that he hopes Saudi crown prince's visit would bring more investments to the country.

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People in Pakistan have staged a rally against the planned visit of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman , to their country. The premier also asked the heir to the Saudi throne to look into the 3,000 Pakistanis languishing in the Kingdom's jails.

The kingdom's foreign minister spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for "consultations", the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

But the United Nations human rights investigator leading the global inquiry into the murder of the Saudi journalist said earlier this month that evidence showed he was a victim of "a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia". Their goal was unclear with analysts speculating that they were deployed to protect the Saudi royal family after the purge that saw hundreds of the kingdom's richest citizens and relatives rounded up over corruption allegations and held in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

"We want to see Pakistan as an economically stable country", he added.

The crown prince will, however, visit India. The amount of that kind of investment is United States dollars 20 billion.

The crown prince has called the killing a "heinous crime that can not be justified".

Cash-strapped and in need of friends, Pakistan welcomed the crown prince with open arms and in grandiose fashion, including sending fighter jets to guide his incoming plane once it entered Pakistani airspace.

Saudi prosecutors say the plan was masterminded by two former advisers to the crown prince. This is his first official visit to Pakistan since his elevation to the position of Crown Prince in April 2017. Many in the West blamed Prince Mohammed for the killing, which triggered the kingdom's biggest political crisis for a generation.

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