Pakistani residents in Hong Kong have demanded that the government bar their own prime minister from entering the city, saying Nawaz Sharif’s current involvement with accusations of corruption mean that could give the appearance of allowing “alleged criminals to seek safe haven”.
By Saturday afternoon, an online petition to that effect had passed 1,200 signatures.
One of the creators of the petition said he and others would organise “multiple protests” if Sharif enters Hong Kong.
After joining the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, Sharif is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Tuesday and leave on Thursday. While in the city, an official source said Sharif would meet the chief executive and local businessmen, and join a business forum.