Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi went through a security check at New York’s JFK airport during a recent US visit, say Pakistani media reports that come at a time ties between the two countries have been severely strained.
Pakistan PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was frisked during security procedure at New York’s JFK airport, ANI reported. The Pakistani prime minister was reportedly on a private visit to meet his ailing sister in the US.In a video that is being circulated on social media, the Pakistani prime minister can be seen picking his bag and adjusting his clothes.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is seen picking up his bag and coat and walking out of security check at an airport like any ordinary passenger in footage shown on Pakistani television channels and circulated on social media. The visuals have been termed as a “major embarrassment” for the country by much of Pakistani media.
Geo News has said the Pakistan prime minister was in the US last week on a private visit, reportedly to visit his sister, and followed standard security protocol for all passengers. Mr Abbasi, says Geo News, is known for his simplicity.
In the same visit, he reportedly met Vice President Mike Pence. The US has told Pakistan that the country needs to do more to tackle terrorism from its soil.
Some media reports criticised Mr Abbasi for going through what they call a humiliating process for the head of a nation despite a diplomatic passport.
The US has imposed sanctions on seven Pakistani companies over alleged links to the nuclear trade, worsening ties that have been frayed in recent years over Pakistan’s suspected support for militants waging war in Afghanistan, something Pakistani officials deny.
The Trump administration is believed to be considering unprecedented political penalties on Islamabad for harboring Afghan militants waging war on the US-backed government in Afghanistan. US officials say despite a suspension of $1.3 billion in military aid in January, Pakistan has failed to take decisive action to crack down on Afghan militants on its territory.