Nawaz Sharif, a former prime minister who has been living in self-imposed exile in London since November 2019 due to health reasons, conducted Umrah with his family members while being closely guarded.
Maryam Nawaz, senior vice president and chief organiser of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), her husband Captain (R) Safdar Awan, and several family members reportedly made the journey together.
The Sharif family offered Umrah while being protected by specialised guards during the Tawaaf of the Holy Ka’aba.
The Sharif family expressed gratitude to Allah (SWT) for allowing them to travel to Makkah to do Umrah.
Maryam expressed her joy and dedication as the PML-N leader prayed for the nation’s advancement after completing Umrah.
Nawaz, who is seen as being closer to the royal family, and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif were reportedly invited to Saudi Arabia earlier this month by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to undertake Umrah as a show of goodwill.
On April 11, the Sharif family arrived in Saudi Arabia. After six years, Nawaz Sharif is returning to the holy region.
Moreover, sources told The News that although Hussain Nawaz and his family had asked him to extend his stay in Jeddah at their home, Nawaz had originally intended to stay in the Kingdom until April 26.
A meeting between Nawaz Sharif and King Salman bin Abdul Aziz is reportedly planned for Jeddah, according to sources.