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Lebanese PM thinks bailing Sharif family out after Musharraf coup was a 'big mistake': info minister

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday made the revelation that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, in his meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, had regretted securing the release of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who had been jailed on hijacking and terrorism charges after the military coup of 1999.

Prime Minister Khan had met Hariri — who according to Chaudhry "helped Nawaz Sharif get an NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) from [former president] Pervez Musharraf" — on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Chaudhry claimed that Khan during his conversation with Hariri told the Lebanese prime minister that word is going around in Pakistan about "another NRO[-like deal] for Nawaz Sharif".

Sharif's second term as prime minister had ended as a result of the then army chief Pervez Musharraf's coup in October 1999 and he was tried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison in a hijacking case.

However, under an agreement with the Saudi royal family, for which Hariri stood as one of the guarantors, Sharif was released from jail in 2000, after which the former prime minister along with his family was sent to live in exile in Saudi Arabia as a guest of the royal family.

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