- Following the announcement, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed gratitude to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his leniency.
- PM Shehbaz prayed to Allah, “Make us better Muslims who forgive each other’s mistakes.”
- In April, six Pakistanis were imprisoned in Madinah for rioting at a respected mosque.
The Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister, Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), has ordered the release of all Pakistani nationals jailed in the country owing to unrest at Masjid-e-Nabawi (PBUH).
The Pakistanis jailed in connection with the event were to be released, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s plea to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
PM Shehbaz expressed his admiration for the crown prince’s choice.
We pray to Allah Almighty to make us better Muslims capable of forgiving one another’s errors, he stated on Twitter. I am sincerely grateful to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman for ordering the release of the Pakistanis jailed in Saudi Arabia for the April 2022 event at my request.
A Madinah court sentenced three Pakistanis — Khawaja Luqman, Muhammad Afzal, and Ghulam Muhammad — to eight years in prison earlier this year. The historic mosque’s sanctity was breached, and three more Pakistani residents, Anas, Arshad, and Muhammad Saleem, were sentenced to six years in prison for their roles in the mayhem.
When Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited Saudi Arabia in April, a group of ostensibly PTI demonstrators began chanting anti-PM and anti-delegation shouts as they approached the Roza-e-Rasool mosque to pay their respects (PBUH).
When they watched the premiere, the demonstrators began screaming “chor, chor (thieves),” and harassed and hurled disrespectful chants at Marriyum Aurangzeb when PM Shehbaz and his delegation arrived at the mosque.
The demonstrators also grabbed the hair of JWP leader and Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Shahzain Bugti. Protesters proceeded to record the entire incident on their smartphones.