Body of murdered Saudi diplomat arrived in Riyadh

May 17, 2011

The body of Sergeant Major Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani, a member of the staff of the Saudi Consulate Karachi who was assassinated on Monday morning while on his way to work, arrived in Riyadh last night.  The body was received at King Khalid International Airport by Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs; Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Deputy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs Ambassador Alaa El-Din Al-Askari.

Sgt. Maj. Al-Qahtani’s body arrived in Riyadh on a private plane accompanied by Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdulaziz Al-Ghadeer.

In a statement to the press, Prince Khalid bin Saud bin Khalid said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan enjoy strong relations at governmental and popular levels. The people of Pakistan have special love for the Kingdom, its people, and the land of the Two Holy Mosques.  Consequently, what has happened is unexplained. We do not know who is the party that could have an interest inside Pakistan in targeting the Kingdom's mission and its staff.”

Prince Khalid said that Pakistan has agreed on the participation of a Saudi investigator but added that the primary role in the investigation will be carried out by Pakistani authorities.

Ministry of Interior spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a press statement said that “Sergeant Major Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani has been one of security men assigned to guard Saudi diplomatic missions. He has been one among those who are keen to serve pilgrims. He has had the honor to do so in a number of Hajj seasons.”  Maj. Gen. Al-Turki stressed that the Ministry of Interior re reassess the security requirements of the Saudi embassy and consulate in Pakistan and providing the necessary advice for competent authorities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise the levels of security for all diplomatic missions in Pakistan.

Funeral prayer will be performed for the deceased at King Khalid Mosque in Riyadh after Al-Zuhur (midday) prayer.