Talking to Imam-e-Ka'aba Al-Sheikh Dr. Saleh bin Muhammad bin Talib here at PM Office, the prime minister said the people of Pakistan had great respect for him and consider his visit as a matter of honour.
This is one of the most visible forms of patriarchy in Saudi Arabia, where guardianship law gives men the final say on whether a woman can travel overseas, obtain a passport or marry. "That will be forced upon them". Then some, if not all, of their assets were seized.
"We signed away everything", a relative of a former detainee, said.
The Saudi government categorically denied the allegations of abuse and oppression made in the New York Times article, insisting that stern measures were needed to reform the Saudi system and the public supports both the anti-corruption campaign and Crown Prince Mohammed's ambitious reform agenda.
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Evidence of such abuse has been slow to emerge, but officials from two western governments said they deemed the reports credible.
In one case, Maj. His skin showed burn marks that appeared to be from electric shocks, the Times said. "All those under investigation had full access to legal counsel in addition to medical care to address pre-existing, chronic conditions". Critics, however, say the arrests were more to consolidate Crown Prince Mohammed's power than to go after the kingdom's endemic corruption.
The government has taken charge of the Saudi Binladen Group construction company while chairman Bakr Binladen remains in custody, according to the NY Times. The general was pronounced dead at a military hospital.
Members of the Qahtani and Abdullah families have been afraid to discuss the general's death publicly for fear of further retribution, several people who have spoken to them said.
Even Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's wealthiest men, was locked up at the Ritz, according to the newspaper.