No ‘deal’ with Saudi Arabia for Nawaz Sharif’s release from jail, says Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry

Islamabad: There was no “deal” between the governments of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for the release of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members after a top court suspended their sentences in a corruption case, a senior Pakistani minister has asserted.

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday suspended the jail sentences of Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (Retd) Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption case and they were released from the Adiala prison in Rawalpindi.

“No country asked for his release. Nawaz Sharif is not so important for Saudi Arabia that they will talk about him,” Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry said, rejecting the impression that the three-time former premier and his family members were released from jail under a “deal” between the Imran Khan-led government and Riyadh.

File image of former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif. AP

The Islamabad High Court’s verdict,

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