Omar Abdullah says Imran Khan 'saved his country money'; Pakistan PM is facing jibes over absence of state protocol during US visit
By Firstpost 22-Jul-2019
File image of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. PTI
Quoting a tweet by Pakistan-based journalist Fawad Rehman, who posted the video of Khan's arrival, Abdullah said that the reported absence of a state protocol to Khan "reflects badly" on the Donald Trump administration.
"He saved his country money it didn't need to spend AND didn't wear his ego on his sleeve as most "leaders" do. Remind me again why that's a bad thing. This reflects badly on the American establishment rather than on @ImranKhanPTI IMO," the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister tweeted.
Khan is currently on a three-day visit to the US. The cricketer-turned-politician, who took a commercial flight instead of a private jet to cut down on expenses, was instead received by his Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and others at the Dulles International Airport.
A video shared by PTI showed Khan deboarding the commercial flight and later being received by Qureshi and Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Asad M Khan.
As Khan did not receive his due welcome, netizens used this opportunity to have a good laugh. "Pakistan didn't do very well in the World Cup, but this seems a harsh punishment," a Twitter user said.
In a bid to cut costs with a struggling economy back home, Khan had earlier expressed his wish to stay at the ambassador's residence during his visit to the US capital.
Pakistani daily, The Dawn, had reported the news while adding that the US Secret Service, which is responsible for the security of all visiting dignitaries, is not "very receptive" towards the idea as it could pose security risks and cause inconvenience to the people.
Local authorities, who are responsible for the smooth flow of Washington DC traffic during a foreign dignitary's visit, have not expressed their keenness either. Khan is expected to discuss Afghanistan and peace in the South Asian region during his upcoming meeting with Trump on 22 July.
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