The Saudi government confirmed its sovereign wealth fund held sponsorship talks with Manchester United but says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman doesn't want to buy English football's most successful club.
Unease ran in the government circles in Islamabad that the Saudi prince might call off the trip due to security reasons after building up of tensions between Pakistan and India following a terror attack on soldiers in Kashmir on Thursday, according to officials privy to the developments.
Cash-strapped and in need of friends, Pakistan welcomed the crown prince with open arms and in grandiose fashion, including sending fighter jets to guide his incoming plane once it entered Pakistani airspace.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has reportedly stepped up his proposed takeover of Manchester United by tempting the club's owners with a £3.8bn offer.
Nevertheless, social media strongly reacted to the Pakistani Prime Minister's move to personally drive the auto to welcome the Crown Prince of Saudi.
Imran Khan drove the crown prince to the prime minister's house for discussions.
During his two-day visit, the crown prince is expected to sign deals worth billions.
Cash-strapped Pakistan is doing whatever it takes to please friends during their visit which is expected to sign investment agreements worth more than Dollars 10 billion. Khan also requested that Saudi Arabia consider the 2.5 million Pakistani workers on its soil as their own.
"This is first phase", he said, at the ceremony, adding that he hoped the future would bring even more Saudi investment in Pakistan. The crown prince was given a 21-gun salute upon arrival.
The crown prince, in response, assured the prime minister that Saudi Arabia will do whatever it can to address these issues.
Saudi Arabia has yet to comment on the Pakistani announcement of a prisoner release.
Turkey said Friday it has not yet revealed all the information it has uncovered in the case, which launched a global wave of revulsion and profoundly tarnished the crown prince's reputation.
Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion during his high-profile visit to Pakistan.
A tweet from Turki Al-Shabanah, the minister for Saudi media, has admitted to a meeting taking place between United representatives and the Gulf state's royal investment fund, but only to discuss a potential sponsorship tie-up. However, some Pakistan officials said there were little chances of such a meeting happening.