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Pakistan praises Saudi Arabia’s decision to accuse those responsible for Khashoggi’s murdr

web hamari: Pakistan on Thursday thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the process of prosecuting those responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The beginning of this process demonstrates the determination and commitment of the Saudi authorities to hold those responsible and their associates accountable and to fulfill the imperatives of justice, as mutually reinforced by Saudi Arabia and Turkey, according to a statement issued by the Office of Foreign Affairs.

Today, Saudi Arabia called for the death penalty against five people accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate of the kingdom of Istanbul, but acquitted the Crown Prince of all guilt.

Khashoggi, a collaborator with the Washington Post and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was drugged and his body was dismembered, a spokesman for the prosecutor said, in Saudi Arabia’s first confirmation of how the journalist died.

But spokesman Shaalan al-Shaalan denied that Prince Mohammed had knowledge of the murder.

The journalist’s body parts were delivered to an agent outside the consulate’s grounds, Shaalan said.

The prosecutor requested the death penalty for the five who “are accused of ordering and committing the crime and of the appropriate sentences for the other accused persons,” Shaalan said.

The announcement comes after a major international protest over the murder of Khashoggi, 59, last seen at the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

The journalist entered self-imposed exile in the United States in 2017 after having a confrontation with Prince Mohammed.

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