Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan faced a massive embarrassment after he landed at the United States on Sunday only to see the absence of a welcome party from the US side.
PM Khan touched down in Washington D.C for his maiden visit to the country. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and a large number of Pakistani-Americans were present there.
To the surprise of many, Khan had made the decision to stay at Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan's residence and not a hotel, as per protocol. One of the reasons behind Khan's interest to stay at Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan's residence is to reduce the cost of the trip. This decision was made to save money for the already cash-strapped country.
Khan arrived in Washington D.C in a commercial flight – Qatar Airways - and was transported in a shuttle bus from the flight to the airport. During his trip, he was accompanied by foreign secretary Sohail Mahmood and commerce advisor Abdul Razzak.
The cricketer-turned-prime minister will be meeting US President Donald Trump at the Oval Room on Monday, a feat which no Pakistani leader has accomplished in four years.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah showed his support to Khan and criticised Indian politicians in a tweet saying that US representatives not receiving Khan was more of an embarrassment for them rather than Pakistan.
He wrote: "He saved his country money it didn't need to spend AND didn't wear his ego on his sleeve like most "leaders" do. Remind me again why that's a bad thing. This reflects badly on the American establishment rather than on @ImranKhanPTI IMO."
He saved his country money it didn’t need to spend AND didn’t wear his ego on his sleeve like most “leaders” do. Remind me again why that’s a bad thing. This reflects badly on the American establishment rather than on @ImranKhanPTI IMO. https://t.co/A8drk4VlqM— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 21, 2019