Discretion is fine and has its place in deal-making but transparency and disclosure requirements must not be jettisoned.
PAK SAUDI RELATIONS
PAK SAUDI RELATIONS
Delegation from kingdom visits site for proposed facility in Gwadar.
PM briefed about similar agreements that will be signed with China, UAE and Malaysia in next two months.
Information minister says MoU is expected to be signed in February.
Details of agreement with Saudi "almost finalised" at technical level, says finance ministry source.
A look at all the ups and downs in Pakistan's relations with key countries in the outgoing year.
Information minister says draft for MoU on "largest ever foreign investment in Pakistan" to be finalised within a week.
SBP says third deposit expected from Riyadh in January 2019.
Asad Umar says he keeps getting messages from Saudi crown prince "to hurry up" on approval, announcement of package.
The two sides discussed bilateral ties, trade, investments, and economic issues.
Finance minister optimistic about reaching basic agreement with IMF by November 20.
"We have received an unconditional package from Saudi Arabia. No conditions have been imposed," says minister.
It is hard to believe that such a generous Saudi financial package has no costs.
For any mediation to work, all parties to the conflict would need to be assured of the neutrality of the mediator.
Why should PM Khan simply be taken at his word?
“Now the government won’t need much from the IMF,” claims prime minister.
Package includes $3bn balance of payments support and another $3bn in deferred payments on oil imports.
The Kingdom has also agreed to provide Islamabad a one-year deferred payment facility for import of oil, worth $3bn.
Premier discusses economic challenges facing his government and his plans to tackle them.
Dozens of executives — from bankers JP Morgan to carmaker Ford and ride-hailing app Uber — scrapped plans to attend.
PM Khan also expected to meet Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
China being taken on board on development, says petroleum minister.
Pakistan must improve its ties with Saudi Arabia — while not getting sucked into the Yemen conflict.
Kingdom's proposed investments to fall under separate bilateral agreement.
Members of Saudi team show interest in investing in Gwadar, express satisfaction over facilities and security situation.
Saudi delegation assures full cooperation for the resolution of problems faced by the energy sector in Pakistan.
"Was China taken into confidence before bringing Saudi Arabia into CPEC," questions Senator Raza Rabbani.
PM Imran Khan promised to support Pakistanis imprisoned abroad. Now their families look to the government with hope.
Minister says agreements on Reko Diq gold, copper mines and Gwadar oil refinery likely to be signed next week.
Expansion of CPEC is in the interest of both China and Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry says in response to Ahsan Iqbal.