Some people have termed this incident as an “embarrassment,” one that does not befit a leader of a sovereign country. Many talk show hosts and anchors on Pakistani TV channels wondered why he didn’t go with his diplomatic passport and avoided this issue altogether. Some are saying that the PM shouldn’t have gone on a “private visit” and that this incident has humiliated the sentiments of 200 million Pakistanis.
In the following video, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is shown after undergoing the security checks at the airport. Take a look at what happened and how the media reacted to it:
After the procedure, PM Abbasi can be seen picking up his bag and coat and walking out like any ordinary passenger.
The relations between USA and Pakistan are at an all-time low. There are reports that the Trump administration is considering freezing military aid altogether. The US recently banned seven Pakistani companies for ‘nuclear trade’ as well.
The latest incident involving Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has filled people with rage. The Prime Minister, who is the highest office holder in Pakistan after the President, and the most powerful man in Pakistan’s democratic system, was put through a security check at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport.
According to reports, the PM was on a private visit to his ailing sister in the United States. He also met Vice-President Mike Pence on his visit as well. During his talks with the American VP, Prime Minister Abbasi was asked to ‘do more’ in the fight against terrorism. However, this is not the reason why Pakistanis are so angry right now.
The Security Check:
PM Abbasi may have been on a private visit to the USA. However, the ‘rigorous’ security checks that he went through with at the JFK Airport in New York, have made people angry. The Pakistani PM was reportedly asked to remove his belt, shoes and coat in the name of security.