Saudi Arabia invites Pakistani cop who saved woman from ‘violent mob’

Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi and Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki. [Photo: KSAembassyPK]

The Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki, commended a female Pakistani police officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shehrbano Naqvi, for her swift action in rescuing a woman surrounded by an angry mob in Lahore, who mistakenly believed the woman’s dress contained blasphemous inscriptions.

The ambassador extended a royal invitation to Naqvi to visit Saudi Arabia, acknowledging her courageous intervention.

A video on social media depicted Naqvi successfully extracting the woman from the crowd. The woman’s dress, initially thought to bear Quranic verses, was clarified by Naqvi as featuring the Arabic word “halwa,” devoid of sacred inscriptions.

During a meeting at the embassy, the Saudi envoy praised Naqvi’s selfless dedication, defusing a potentially volatile situation, and invited her to visit the kingdom.

The Saudi Ambassador expressed admiration for the police officer’s bravery, assuring her that the Saudi government would cover the expenses for her and her family’s trip to Saudi Arabia as honoured guests, as reported by the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

According to Independent Urdu, citing an embassy spokesperson, Naqvi, accompanied by her family, is set to visit Riyadh as royal guests before performing Hajj. Prior to her meeting with the Saudi diplomat, Pakistan’s army chief General Asim Munir also invited Naqvi to his office to commend her dedication.

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