Bursts of gunfire were suddenly heard in the skies of Riyadh on Saturday night (April 21, 2018), which filled the atmosphere with panic and uncertainty, sparking fears that an armed coup was underway in Saudi Arabia. Initially, the official Saudi Press Agency said nothing about the incident, but some social media websites reported that the area near the sprawling royal palace in Riyadh rang with firing. Amid this chaos and confusion, various reports stated that the Saudi Arabia’s King, Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, and his son, Mohammad bin Salman had been evacuated from the palace to some other safe place. Later, a statement published by the official press agency said that the King was not present at the palace during the incident, but most sources confirmed that he and his son were taken away from the palace owing to danger.
Pakistan is a globally accepted party to the Kashmir dispute. But the policies of the Pakistani governments have lacked consistency regarding this very important issue. Most of the time Pakistan has been issuing conventional statements expressing sympathy with the Kashmiri people while responding to the Indian brutalities against them.