Shahbaz Sharif reveals why he went to Saudi Arabia

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Shahbaz Sharif reveals why he went to Saudi Arabia

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif returned to Pakistan on Tuesday after his six-day visit.

Later addressing media at the inauguration of a kidney centre, Shehbaz said that he went to Saudi Arabia after being invited for Umrah, in response to increasing criticism by opposition parties on Sharif brothers' multiple Saudi visits.

"Saudi Arabia is among the best friends of Pakistan. It has helped Pakistan without any conditions and has been there in times of difficulty. Both countries have blind faith in each other," he said.

Shehbaz added that there is nothing unusual about his impromptu visit to Saudi Arabia.

Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with the crown prince twice in last 24 hours.

Matters of mutual interests were discussed by both the leaders. Shehbaz appreciated the role Saudi Arabia played in the ongoing Palestine issue, sources added.

Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson Mohammad Ahmed Khan condemned the allegations levelled against Shehbaz on his visit to Saudi Arabia, saying the statements being spread were baseless.