Pakistan's Sharif leaves Saudi for Pakistan

Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif left Saudi Arabia on Sunday to return home after seven years in exile.

Pakistan's Sharif leaves Saudi for Pakistan
Sharif and members of his family left Prince Muhammad bin-Abdul- Aziz airport in the western city of Medina in a private Saudi plane, official sources said.

Around 300 people were arrested in provincial capital Lahore, where Sharif's plane was scheduled to arrive from Saudi Arabia at around 4 pm (1100 GMT).

The politician was earlier deported to the Gulf state on September 10, hours after he arrived at Islamabad airport.

Musharraf, who ousted Sharif in a bloodless coup in 1999, is believed to have struck a deal with the former premier with the help of Saudi King Abdullah.

"He is returning of his own will and no-one is going to send him back," presidential spokesman Rashid Qureshi Qureshi said, while denying that any agreement was reached between the president and opposition leader.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Kasım 2007, 15:36