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Saudi Arabia asked to redesign its flag after Salman Khan, Justin Beiber performances

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia is trying to soften its conservative image and diversify its oil-reliant economy.

The conservative kingdom has made reforms, including allowing women to drive, but its crackdowns on dissent, rejection of the LGBTQ+ community and high number of executions frequently raise the ire of campaigners.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber recently performed at the inaugural of Saudi Arabian Formula One Grand Prix in Jeddha.

Bollywood actor Salman Khan also performed in Riyadh in his visit to Saudi Arabia. Videos of Salman dancing with women were shared by Turki Alal Shikh, the Royal Court Advisor and Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority.

The visit came amid reports that Saudi religious authorities have sought action against the Tablighi Jamaat, which is followed by millions of Muslims in India and Pakistan.

Reacting to videos of some Saudi men dancing while holding the country’s flag drew criticism online in Pakistan and elsewhere.

Multiple users asked the Saudi government to redesign its national flag which has Shahada or Muslim creed written on it.

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