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Pakistan's Imran Khan to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia

The former cricket star who has led often violent street protests against the Pakistani gov’t is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia this week

Pakistan's Imran Khan to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia
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The leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Imran Khan, is expected to arrive in Saudi Arabia this week to perform the Islamic pilgrimage Umrah.

Khan, a former international cricketer who in recent months has led sometimes violent street protests against the government, would not hold any public meetings or meet with any political representatives, a spokesman for the party said, according to local media.

Describing the trip as private, the spokeswoman also said Khan would attend a dinner party hosted by Zulqarnain Ali Khan, a Pakistani businessman in the kingdom, and a fund raising ceremony in Jeddah for a hospital in Peshawar, where the Taliban recently shot dead 144 children and teachers.

Khan would be accompanied by his wife Rham Khan and her daughter and return to Pakistan on Saturday.

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