At the request of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from Saudi jails, The National reported.

The prisoners’ release came on the heels of Prince Mohammad’s announcement that Riyadh will make a significant investment to save the country’s ailing economy.

The move by the Saudi Royal was welcomed by Pakistan’s government, even as they thanked the Crown Prince for his decision.

More than 2,000 prisoners will be freed immediately, while other cases will be reviewed, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

HRH Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has gracious move solicited the people of Pakistan thanks and gratitude, especially for responding immediately to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request.1

The Saudi Crown Prince announced an investment of $20 billion (Dh73.45bn) in Pakistan when he touched down in Islamabad on Saturday, even as he promised of more to come.

He said it was the “first phase” of a series of investments that “will certainly grow each month and every year.”

The Saudi Royal was welcomed to the Pakistani capital on Sunday by JF-17 and F-16 fighter jets, which escorted his plane as it entered Pakistani airspace, the same report said.