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Saudi Arabia Urges Sharif Not to Return to Pakistan

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Saudi Arabia says former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should honor an exile agreement, and scrap his plans to return to Pakistan.

Saudi intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz spoke Saturday in Islamabad, where he met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Lebanese lawmaker Saad Hariri.

The Saudi royal family and Hariri's father, the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, brokered the deal that sent Mr. Sharif to Saudi Arabia in 2000, after he was ousted in a coup led by General Musharraf.

According to that deal, Mr. Sharif was to stay in exile for 10 years, but Pakistan's Supreme Court last month said he had the right to return to the country.

Citing the court decision, Mr. Sharif says he will return to Pakistan Monday to challenge General Musharraf in upcoming elections.
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