Imran ‘rejects’ Saudi Arabia’s suggestion to send Nawaz abroad: report

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has rejected Saudia Arabia’s suggestion to send deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif abroad on ‘medical grounds’, according to a report in Urdu newspaper Khabrain.

According to the report, the Saudi envoy told the PTI chief, during a meeting held at Bani Gala the other day, that his government would appreciate if former prime minister Nawaz, who has been convicted to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in the Avenfield properties corruption reference, is sent abroad for medical treatment before Imran’s oath-taking ceremony.

After Nawaz’s departure, Maryam will also be released from the jail and sent abroad on humanitarian grounds, the newspaper claimed in its report.

According to the newspaper, Imran Khan rejected the suggestion, stating that if Saudi Arabia can bring back its trillions of dollars from abroad then why is it stopping Pakistan from doing the same.

The report further claimed that earlier the caretaker government was contacted in this regard but it shifted all burden to the PTI-led new government and Imran Khan.

The report also mentioned that the American lobbying firm, hired by Nawaz Sharif, has reportedly told the US government that the former PM faced difficulties after his interview with Cyril Almedia and if he is not supported now, America will not find another political figure for support in the country.