Prime Minister Imran Khan entered the house of God during his official visit to Saudi Arabia.

Imran Khan on Sunday performed the Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca, along with his wife Bushra Bibi, during his official visit to Saudi Arabia.

As a special gesture, the Prime Minister was granted access inside the holy Kaaba, also called Baitullah. 

The photo shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife leaving inside from Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca, 9 May, 2021.
The photo shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife leaving inside from Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca, 9 May, 2021. (Twitter/@PakPMO)

Khan prayed for peace and prosperity for his country as well as for all Muslims of the world. 

On Saturday, he visited the Sacred Prophetic Chamber, also known as Al Hujratu n-nabawiyatu l-sharifa, which means a rare honour for visitors in Medina.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan is seen while approaching Ḥajaru al-Aswad which was set intact into the Kaaba's wall by the Prophet Muhammad.
Pakistani PM Imran Khan is seen while approaching Ḥajaru al-Aswad which was set intact into the Kaaba's wall by the Prophet Muhammad. (Twitter/@PakPMO)

The Sacred Chamber was once the house of Aisha, one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad, who has played an important role in the life of the Prophet, as well as in spreading the word of Islam. 

Khan kicked off a two-day visit on Friday to Saudi Arabia, a traditionally close ally but with whom relations have been strained for months.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan was touching Ḥajaru al-Aswad during performing the Umrah pilgrim in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan was touching Ḥajaru al-Aswad during performing the Umrah pilgrim in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Twitter/@PakPMO)

Invited by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khan is there to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest.

Prime Minister Imran Khan,  along with his wife Bushra Bibi, performed the blessings of Umrah.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with his wife Bushra Bibi, performed the blessings of Umrah. (Twitter/@PakPMO)

“During the talks, they stressed the depth of brotherly, historical relations binding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” the joint statement said.

Both sides signed a deal for financing eligible projects in the fields of energy, transportation, water, infrastructures, and communications by the Saudi Fund for Development.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on May 9, 2021 shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) performing the Umrah pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on May 9, 2021 shows Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (C) performing the Umrah pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia gave Pakistan a $3 billion loan and a $3.2 billion oil credit facility in late 2018. 

After Islamabad sought Riyadh's support over alleged human rights violations by India in the disputed territory of Kashmir, Saudi Arabia pushed Pakistan to repay the loan.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R), welcoming Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed agreement to improve ties, after months of strained relations over the disputed region of Kashmir.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R), welcoming Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan signed agreement to improve ties, after months of strained relations over the disputed region of Kashmir. (AFP)

Pakistan then turned to China for financial assistance.

Source: TRT World