"Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries", Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said on Thursday.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih attends a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia May 25, 2018.
Women's rights advocates, charitable organizations, and civil rights groups, meanwhile, urged the global community "to join Canada in calling for the unequivocal respect of women's rights in Saudi Arabia". "Canada will always speak strongly and clearly in private and in public on questions of human rights", he said.
The hajj takes place August 19-24 in Saudi Arabia and it is expected of all Muslims to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, Anadolu News Agency reported. "However, this should not be in the form of interference in other countries' internal affairs", it said.
Saudi Arabia's move had a brief impact on the Canadian dollar, with the loonie depreciating as much as 0.5 percent to CA$1.3120 per USA dollar Wednesday after the Financial Times reported the Saudi central bank and state pension funds instructed overseas asset managers to dispose of Canadian assets.
"We're paying close attention to this situation, of course, because we wanted to understand the impacts", he said in Ottawa after being asked if the government meant to hit back at Saudi Arabia with economic reprisals of its own. Left isolated, Canada is now looking to politically correct Germany and Sweden for support.
Ukraine did not sell wheat to Saudi Arabia in 2016, being the main exporter of barley in this country.
Angered by the condemnation, Saudi Arabia has also tried to sting Canada's economy by halting future trade and investment deals and by cancelling lucrative scholarships that would have seen 15,000 of its citizens study in Canada.
Freeland called for the release of women's rights activist Samar Badawi (pictured), sister of jailed dissident writer Raif Badawi, each of whom have been given 10-year jail sentences, with 1,000 lashes, for "insulting Islam".
Heather Nauert, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said Tuesday the U.S.is urging Canada and Saudi Arabia to use diplomacy to resolve their dispute. "I respect the rights of individual countries to make their decisions and speak for themselves".