The Hush Post: In a big embarrassment for Pakistan, its Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had to undergo a security check at JFK Airport of New York city of the United States. According to reports from Pakistani media, the development came at a time when the relations between both the countries are strained.
In a video footage aired by some Pakistani TV channels, PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is seen picking up his bag and coat and walking out of security check at an airport like any ordinary passenger. This video clips is also being circulated on social media. The development has been termed as a “major embarrassment” for Pakistan by the country’s 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. The Geo News report said PM Abbasi is known for his simplicity.
During the same visit, he reportedly met US 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 PM Abbasi for going through what they call a humiliating process for the head of a nation despite a diplomatic passport.
The development took place at a time the US is considering tough measures on Pakistan, including visa bans and other sanctions on individuals in the Pakistani government.
The Donald Trump administration in the US has imposed sanctions on seven Pakistani companies due to their alleged links to the nuclear trade, further worsening the ties between the two countries that have already been strained in recent past due to Pakistan’s support for terrorists waging war in Afghanistan. But Pakistan denies these allegations.
The US is believed to be considering of taking unprecedented political penalties on Islamabad for harboring Afghan terrorists waging war against the US-backed government of 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.