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Nawaz had arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to hold meetings with the royal family. His younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, had arrived in the Kingdom three days earlier.
The Punjab government had tried to explain the Sharifs’ hurried tour of the Kingdom, saying: “Shahbaz Sharif met the Saudi crown prince and discussed matters related to Saudi Arabia’s absence from the summit on Al-Quds in Turkey.”
However, despite the clarification, opposition parties remained suspicious about Nawaz’s visit and interpreted it as a step towards winning the NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) for the embattled Sharifs, who are facing multiple cases in courts and challenges in the political field.
At the time of Nawaz Sharif’s departure, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah had objected to the Sharifs’ visit, saying it was tantamount to humiliating a nuclear power by inviting foreigners to interfere in its internal affairs.