Nawaz Sharif reaches Jeddah for Umrah


JEDDAH: Oct 23 (TNS): After a change in plans for the second time, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reached Saudi Arabia from London on Monday.

He will now return to Pakistan after a two-day stay in the kingdom, sources informed on Monday. The change in plans came on Sunday when the former premier’s visa arrived for his travel to Jeddah.

Sharif’s mother is staying in Jeddah and sources revealed that he would take his mother along for performing Umrah with him. The former prime minister will then leave for Islamabad, sources further said.

This is said to be a completely private visit, during which no other meetings are on the agenda, according to sources.

After his arrival in Jeddah, Nawaz was received by Saudi officials and members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz at the airport.  He then proceeded to his younger son Hussain’s residence from where he will go to Mecca to perform Umrah with his mother.