The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Misfer bin Mahdi AlQahtani to express his condolences and sympathy on the death of his son Hassan bin Misfer Al-Qahtani, a staff member of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Karachi. Hassan Al-Qahtani was treacherously killed while performing his duty.
During the phone call, the King appealed to God Almighty to bestow His peace, and forgiveness upon the soul of the deceased and grant his family patience and solace.
On his part, Misfer bin Mahdi Al-Qahtani expressed deep appreciation and thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for his parental feelings of condolences and sympathy towards their son.
In the same respect, Prince Naif Bin Abdulazia, Second Deputy Premiere and Minister of Interior condoles the family of Al-Gahtani. On behalf of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Major General Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Omani, Commander of the Special Security Forces, paid a visit to the family of Hasan bin Misfer Al-Gahtani.
Al-Omani conveyed the condolences of the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior as well as Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Interior, and handed the family of the martyr a check of SR100,000 (one hundred Thousand Saudi Riyals) as an urgent tip.
Brig. General Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Thimali, Director of Public Relations and Guidance at the Special Security Forces, said a number of royal orders have been issued to tackle the situation of the martyr's family. He cited the promotion of the martyr to the next rank in its highest levels, the continuation of his family to receive all premiums as if he were on duty, granting him King Abdulaziz medal grade III, granting him an Honor of Merit, one of his sons will have the right to his father's job according to systematic requirements, provision of an appropriate residence in the location they wish with a maximum of SR500,000, if it was proved he was supporting his parents, then they would each be paid SR3,000 monthly, had he sustains personal debts, the government would settle it/them on his behalf with a maximum of SR500,000.
Al-Qahtani’s father expressed thanks and appreciation to the monarch for his direct condolences as well as to the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior for their noble feelings.
The leader of the bereaved family said he is honored to have one of his sons a martyr for his religion and country.
On the other hand, The body of Martyr Hassan Misfer Al-Qahtani, arrived in Riyadh last monday. At King Khalid International Airport, the body was received by Prince Mohammed bin Naif Ibn Abdulaziz, Assistant Minister of Interior for Security Affairs; Prince Khalid Ibn Saud Ibn Khalid, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Deputy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Protocol Affairs Ambassador Alaa El-Din Al-Askari.
On the private plane, the body was accompanied by Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdulaziz Al-Ghadeer.
In a press briefing, Prince Khalid Ibn Saud Ibn 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 strange and unexplained. We do not know who could have an interest inside Pakistan in targeting the Kingdom's mission and its staff'.
In response to a question on the Kingdom's participation in the investigation into the circumstances of the incident, the Prince pointed out that the Government of Pakistan has agreed on the participation of a Saudi Committee in the investigation, noting that the primary role in the investigation will be carried out by the Pakistani government.
On his part, the Security Spokesman of the Interior Ministry Major General Mansour Al-Turki said in a press statement, ' 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'.
He stressed that the Ministry of Interior will be keen on studying 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.