Saudi Arabia ready to host Nawaz Sharif again?

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) welcomes former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif on his arrival in the kingdom on an official visit.–File photo

Saudi Arabia has conveyed to former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif that he can come and stay in the kingdom if the British government creates any problems for him after expiry of his passport next month.

Pakistani news anchor Mubasher Lucman disclosed on a live show on Monday that Saudi Arabia was making preparations to welcome Nawaz Sharif on his arrival from the United Kingdom.

Sharif, who was convicted in the Avenfield case on July 6, 2018 and subsequently jailed, was allowed by a court of law to go to the United Kingdom for a brief period for his medical treatment. However, Sharif did not return to Pakistan and ignored even court orders in this regard.

Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said last week that Sharif’s passport would expire on February 16 this year and the government would not renew his passport since he did not return to the country according to the commitment he made with the court.

Against this backdrop, Sharif, patron of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and three-time prime minister of Pakistan, could face difficulties in prolonging his stay in the United Kingdom after expiry of his passport next month. As a result, reports are circulating in the media that Saudi Arabia is ready to host Sharif if he faces hostile conditions in the United Kingdom.

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