2007 News Story

Nawaz Sharif returns to Saudi Arabia

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Jeddah today after being deported from Pakistan. This marks the second time that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has welcomed Sharif; it did so previously after Sharif’s ouster as prime minister in 1999 as a humanitarian gesture with the goodwill of the Pakistani government.

On September 4, the Kingdom denied reports that it supported Sharif’s return to Pakistan and called on Sharif to honor his promise not to return to Pakistan and to politics.