Saudi Crown Prince orders release of Pakistanis jailed for sloganeering at Masjid Nabwi

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered Wednesday to release all Pakistani citizens who had been imprisoned in the kingdom for violating the sanctity of the Masjid-e-Nabvi.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s order came after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif requested him to pardon the Pakistanis arrested in the incident.

Following the release orders the premier in a tweet thanked the Saudi Crown Prince for releasing the Pakistani citizens.

“I am deeply grateful to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman, who, on my request, ordered the release of the Pakistanis arrested in Saudi Arabia for the April 2022 incident, the premier wrote on Twitter expressing his gratitude.

“We pray to Allah Almighty to make us better Muslims who forgive each other’s mistakes,” he added.

Earlier in April this year, during PM Shahbaz’s visit to Saudi Arabia, a group of protesters, allegedly belonging to the PTI, loudly chanted slogans against the PM and his delegation after they entered the mosque to pay their respects at the Roza-e-Rasool (PBUH).

Following the incident, a court in Madinah sentenced three Pakistanis to eight years in prison and other three Pakistani citizens to six years in jail for violating the sanctity of the holy mosque.


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