PM Shehbaz Sharif to visit Saudi Arabia on April 27: sources

Waqar Satti
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — AFP/ file
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — AFP/ file

  • Sources say Maryam Nawaz and Fazl to accompany PM Shehbaz on Saudi Arabia visit.
  • Say premier will perform Umrah on sidelines of visit.
  • Newly formed govt recently removed names of PM Shehbaz, Maryam and others from no-fly list.

ISLAMABAD: After reportedly having his name removed from the Exit Control List (ECL), Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will embark on a trip to Saudi Arabia on April 27, sources privy to the matter said Sunday.

During the visit, the premier will perform Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage) on the sidelines of the visit.

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman will accompany the premier, sources said.

Names of PM Shehbaz, Nawaz removed from no-fly list

The newly elected government has removed the names of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shahbaz, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from the Exit Control List (ECL) under a new policy, Geo News reported, citing well-placed sources.

On April 22, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had announced the newly elected government had brought about changes in the rules for having an individual's name on the ECL, and through it, several thousands of people will have their names removed from the list.