Nawaz Sharif planning to flee to Saudi Arabia if convicted in Panama Papers scam, says report

Embattled former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif is planning to flee to Saudi Arabia if he is convicted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Panama Papers scandal, CNN-News18 reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, Sharif recently met the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, who also sent a plane to fetch the PML-N chief.

During the meeting, the two leaders were reported to have discussed a national reconciliation ordinance to help Nawaz and his family leave Pakistan in case the NAB gives an unfavourable verdict.

On 8 November, 2017, the NAB court indicted Nawaz in three separate graft cases stemming from the Panama Papers leaks, after rejecting his plea for clubbing together those cases.

Along with Nawaz, his family members, daughter Maryam and her husband Muhammad Safdar were also indicted by the NAB.

If Nawaz is convicted by the anti-corruption court, he faces a possible life sentence.


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