Pakistan embarrassed as PM Shahid Abbasi undergoes security check at USA airport

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pointing that Abbasi was in United States on a private visit, Geo News released a video wherein Pakistani PM could be seen at airport without any security protocol. The magazine reported that options under consideration include permanently cutting off the US military aid that was suspended in January, and imposing visa bans on Pakistani government officials accused of providing support to the militants. Abbasi was on a personal visit to meet his ailing sister. It showed Abbasi picking up his bag and coat and walking out from a security check. The incident took place at John F Kennedy International airport in NY.

However, Geo News has suggested that he was in USA on a private visit and hence voluntarily followed the security procedures.

A report also said that Abbasi, however, has a history of making private trips to foreign nations.

Abbasi was sworn in as the 18th prime minister of the country on August 1, following Nawaz Sharif's disqualification.

A leading newspaper had reported that the "indignity" had angered the Pakistani media, citing reports of US President Donald Trump and his administration considering visa ban on Pakistani nationals. Noting that Abbasi has a diplomatic passport and is granted certain privacy privileges as a head of state, Pakistani TV pundits said the indecorous way in which their prime minister was treated had brought shame to the country. The PM was previously spotted travelling alone at a train station during his visit to Britain.

The US has been increasing pressure on Pakistan since past year when Trump announced his new South Asia policy, demanding that Pakistan take action against safe havens for terrorists on its soil, which the US claims is affecting the war efforts in Afghanistan and the peace in the overall region.

Washington also announced sanctions on Monday on seven Pakistani companies over suspicion they have links to the nuclear trade, signaling a further downturn in ties.

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