No deal for Musharraf, says Saudi minister

    By IANS,

    Islamabad: Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal categorically denied that he was visiting Pakistan to broker a deal for former president Pervez Musharraf.

    The Saudi minister visited Pakistan amid speculations that he may also discuss a possible exile deal for Musharraf who is facing high treason trial, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

    Saudi Arabia brokered an exile deal for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after Pervez Musharraf dismissed his government in 1999.

    The Saudi minister quickly denied he had discussed Musharraf’s affair with the Pakistani leaders when he was asked at his press conference in Islamabad.

    “Absolutely not” was his reply after a smile when a reporter asked him if he was seeking a safe exit for Pervez Musharraf who is presently facing high treason charges in Pakistan.

    “Musharraf’s is Pakistan’s internal issue and Saudi Arabia does not interfere in internal affairs of other countries,” the Saudi foreign minister said.

    A special court, hearing high treason case of Pervez Musharraf, Tuesday reserved verdict on his medical report during the hearing of the high treason trial.

    Musharraf was taken to a military hospital last week after he felt some heart problem while on his way to the court, his lawyers said.

    The court sought medical report from the Armed Forced Institute of Cardiology and officials of the institute presented a sealed report to the court Tuesday. The court said it would give verdict on the report Thursday.