Imam Kaaba denial to meet with Nawaz Sharif totally wrong and fabricated story

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: A high place source in Islamabad cleared that the news in social, print and electronic media of Pakistan that Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib denied to meet with former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is totally wrong and fabricated. The source talking with this scribe on the condition of anonymity claimed that neither former prime minister invited the Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib for breakfast nor he denied to meet with him. The source said Imam Kaaba is in Pakistan on official visit and his scheduled was drafted by Government of Pakistan before his arrival. The source said it is very sad and unfortunate to make controversial the place of Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib through false and fabricated stories in media.

The source said all political, religious parties and institutions are respectful for Saudi Arabia, and Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib during his present visit met and interacted with different segments of society with any discrimination to the Day. The source was commenting on the visit of  Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib, who is on a visit to Pakistan currently, has reportedly refused to meet former Premier Nawaz Sharif. The Sharif family or Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz has yet to admit or refute the denial of meeting by the Imam-e-Kaaba.

The news in social, print and electronic media of Pakistan that Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib denied to meet with former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif is totally wrong and fabricated story. The source talking with this scribe on the condition of anonymity said neither former prime minister invited the Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib for breakfast nor he denied to meet with him.

According to media reports, the visiting dignitary called on Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif but expressed that he could not meet a controversial political personality, referring to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ‘Quaid for life’ Nawaz Sharif. The elder Sharif, who maintains strong personal links with the Saudis had invited Imam-e-Kaaba, Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib for meeting at his Jati Umra residence and later at a local hotel, however, the latter refused to meet the former prime minister at any of the said locations, saying that his position did not allow him to meet a controversial personality, Ary News reported.

Earlier on Saturday, Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib met Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore and discussed challenges being faced by Muslim Ummah. Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib lavished praise on the younger Sharif for development projects in the country. Punjab Auqaf and Religious Affairs Minister Zaeem Qadri and other religious scholars were also present in the meeting. During the meeting, strategy to cement Pak-Saudi ties was also discussed and CM Shehbaz exchanged his views with Imam-e-Kaaba in Arabic.  The Imam-e-Kaaba had arrived in Lahore on a three-day on Wednesday. Markazi Jamiat Ahle-e-Hadith head Allama Sajid Mir and Senator Abul Karim received him from the airport.

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