Anti-corruption drive is a global conspiracy against us Saudi princes: Nawaz Sharif


ISLAMABAD – Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has labeled Saudi Arabia’s newly formed anti-corruption committee arresting at least 17 princes and top officials as a ‘global conspiracy’.

Talking to the media after appearing before an accountability court hearing in three Supreme Court-directed corruption references against him, Nawaz said, “we Saudi princes will not go down without a fight against the enemies of democracy.”

“If it weren’t obvious in July, this week has confirmed that there is a global conspiracy against us Saudi princes, where the corruption is being used as a pretext for removing members of the royal family,” he said.

“But inshallah we will win the 2018 elections in both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.”

Nawaz added just like Pakistan, the fight against corruption is weakening democracy in Saudi Arabia, where many recent steps have been taken against the national interest.

“First, they allowed women to drive and now there is an anti-corruption drive. There are clear parallels between the mainstreaming of militants in Pakistan and the mainstreaming of women in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Without saying who exactly is behind the conspiracy, Nawaz Sharif said ‘invisible forces’ are against the will of the people.

“Unfortunately both my homelands have been marred by the dictatorial manoeuvres of invisible forces. But rest assured that we princes will uphold democracy in both the realms,” he maintained.