Former PM Nawaz meets Saudi crown prince during visit shrouded in suspense Jan 03, 2018 0 59 12345 Dawn.comIslamabadFormer prime minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan on Tuesday night, his daughter, Maryam Nawaz, has said in a tweet.The former premier, who has been in Saudi Arabia for the last two days, has also met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, confirmed Maryam. An initial meeting between them was earlier reportedly cancelled for 'unknown'reasons, a friend of the Sharif family had told Dawn.After the meeting, Nawaz left Madinah and went to Jeddah. From there, he's expected to go to Makkah to perform Umrah before returning to Pakistan tonight, his daughter said. Ahead of Nawaz's return, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif flew back from Jeddah to Lahore on Tuesday morning. Nawaz had arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to hold meetings with the royal family. His younger brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, had arrived in the Kingdom three days earlier.The Punjab government had tried to explain the Sharifs' hurried tour of the Kingdom, saying: "Shahbaz Sharif met the Saudi crown prince and discussed matters related to Saudi Arabia's absence from the summit on Al-Quds in Turkey." Official sources had said that Shahbaz Sharif also met the Saudi intelligence chief.The PML-N had said that Nawaz, too, was visiting Saudi Arabia to discuss"matters of national interest", denying that the former premier was in the Kingdom for personal reasons.However, despite the clarification, opposition parties remained suspicious about Nawaz's visit and interpreted it as a step towards winning the NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) for the embattled Sharifs, who are facing multiple cases in courts and challenges in the political field.At the time of Nawaz Sharif's departure, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah had objected to the Sharifs' visit, saying it was tantamount to humiliating a nuclear power by inviting foreigners to interfere in its internal affairs. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES China lauds Pakistan's role in fight against terrorism Jan 03, 2018 0 432 Pakistan hits back after Trump's aid cut threat Jan 03, 2018 0 80 China boosts investment in Sri Lankan mega project Jan 03, 2018 0 55 Islamabad clamps down on banned outfits Dawn.com ISLAMABAD On the first day of 2018, the capital administration issued orders prohibiting fundraising activities by any organisations or individuals that are named in UN watch lists or banned by the government .. Imran secures bail in 2014 PTV attack cases, claims innocence Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad on Tuesday accepted Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran's bail appeal in all four cases regarding an attack on Pakistan Television (PTV) .. Audit of $33 billion US aid figure can reveal who is 'lying & deceiving': Asif Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday challenged President Donald Trump's claim that the US has given Pakistan"more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years", saying verification by an audit firm .. UPDATE 1-Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador after Trump's angry tweet (Adds comments from China, India, Afghanistan, analyst) By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan summoned the U.S. ambassador in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's angry tweet about ..