Nawaz Sharif not negotiating any deal with Saudi Arabia: spokesperson

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  • Interior minister says baseless reports are meant to affect popularity of PML-N

ISLAMABAD: A spokesperson of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has contradicted as speculative a news report published in the national and international section of the press that Sharif is negotiating any deal with Saudi Arabia to avoid accountability.

Terming the story as unfounded, he said Nawaz Sharif is visiting Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to his longstanding relations with the Saudi Royal family as well as the head of the ruling party, a press release Sunday said.

He has always utilized these relations for the national interest and never for his personal benefits, the spokesperson said. He further said record bears out that Nawaz Sharif holds all the institutions including the army and the superior courts in high esteem.

Nawaz Sharif has not only abided by the decisions of superior courts but also associated himself with ongoing investigations in cases politically motivated against him, he added.

Despite the fact that Sharif believed that he is innocent. He promptly resigned after a decision of the court. Sharif is confident that he will come out clean, the spokesperson emphasized.

There is no ban on the movement of Nawaz Sharif and therefore, the question of seeking any permission does not arise. Similarly, there are no truths in the rumours of a rift within in his family, he affirmed.

Similarly, the spokesperson expressed disappointment and surprise that the story was published/ broadcasted in violation of established norms and ethics without taking the version of all concerned.

Meanwhile, Interior minister Ahsan Iqbal has also denied reports which claimed that Sharif brothers’ visit to Saudi Arabia aims at striking a deal with the establishment.

While talking to the media in Narowal, Iqbal said that British media outlet’s report in this regard is completely false. He said that baseless reports are meant to affect the popularity of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

He asserted that Pakistan is faced with severe threats and there are conspiracies being hatched abroad.

The federal minister said that the all parties conference (APC) convened by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and opposition parties aimed at spreading anarchy in Pakistan, and that it would fulfil the agenda of Pakistan’s enemies.

The minister further claimed that opposition political fronts want to have General Elections 2018 postponed out of fear of loss against PML-N.

 

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