Saudi Arabia planned to replace Sharif with one of his ministers temporarily and then, his brother Shahbaz Sharif to be his successor. According to media reports, Sharif who was once “the number one man in the kingdom” is now not trusted by the Saudis. Because he proved that he has no use, any more.
Saudi Arabia asked for help from Pakistan in a number of vital issues such as the Yemen war and the crisis with Qatar, but the parliament of Pakistan rejected them. And Nawaz Sharif didn’t do anything to change Pakistan’s opinion in favor of Saudi Arabia. It made the Saudis to find a more efficient man than Nawaz Sharif.
“Some Pakistani politicians are financially dependent on the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” said leader of the Tehreek-e-Insaf Party Imran Khan in this regard at a press conference. “Although they have government positions in Pakistan, they have also obtained residence and work permit in some Gulf States,” he added.
After the leak of Panama Papers, another scandal has been revealed that shows the ministers in the Nawaz Sharif’s government have been seeking residency in some Gulf States so they could have a place to escape after the termination of their presidency, because they are accused of financial corruption and law-breaking.
On the other, Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters in an interview that “Americans have the right to say the Pakistani army is easy to buy and sell.” Jaitley mocked Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif and said: “he left his country for a handful of Saudi dollars and became Riyadh’s mercenary. Pakistani soldiers sacrifice their lives for a few dollars at the borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. But we are ready to offer Raheel and Pakistani troops more money to serve the Indian army.”
It is worth mentioning that Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning and Development of Pakistan, was the only politician that has reacted to these accusations. Iqbal announced in his Twitter account that he had work and residence permit in Saudi Arabia for 2 years. He had worked as an advisor of Governor Madina on Digital Economy Project from 2004 to 2006.