Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani will be visiting Pakistan for a two-day stay from next Friday (January 13).
The visit is taking place on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who will receive the distinguished guest upon arrival. Officially, no word has been given about the visit but The News has learnt through credible authorities that the Emir of Qatar will be received with royal protocol as he will be staying in Pakistan as the honoured guest of the prime minister. It would be the third visit of the emir in six years to Pakistan and second as the ruler of Qatar.
Pakistan and Qatar enjoy close ties in all spheres of life since Qatar is cooperating with Pakistan generously in economic field. Highly-placed sources said Qatar is interested in enhancing its defence procurements from Pakistan while it has provided Pakistan natural gas in different form at comparatively much cheaper tariff.