‘Deal­ings With Iran, Malaysia, Turkey May’ve An­gered MBS’

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Is­lam­abad: Saudi Ara­bia Crown Prince Mo­ham­mad bin Sal­man was so up­set by some ac­tions of Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan in New York that he re­port­edly “snubbed” him by or­der­ing his pri­vate jet to “dis­em­bowel” the Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion. Prince Sal­man gave PM Im­ran Khan his pri­vate jet to travel to the US on a week­long visit and to at­tend the 74th ses­sion of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York last month. Khan went to Riyadh and held talks with the crown prince first be­fore leav­ing for the US.

It was re­ported that the spe­cial jet de­vel­oped a “tech­ni­cal glitch” as Khan was re­turn­ing to Is­lam­abad from New York on Septem­ber 28, forc­ing the PM and his del­e­ga­tion to re­turn to New York and then take a com­mer­cial flight back to Pak­istan.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in weekly news­pa­per ‘The Fri­day Times’, the crown prince re­called the plane as he was un­happy with some of Khan’s ac­tions.

“In­ex­pli­ca­bly, the Saudi crown prince, Mo­ham­mad bin Sal­man, was so alien­ated by some di­men­sions of the Pak­istani PM’s diplo­macy in New York — he couldn’t have been happy at the prospect of Im­ran Khan, Re­cip Tayyib Er­do­gan and Ma­hathir Mo­ham­mad plan­ning to jointly rep­re­sent the Is­lamic bloc, nor with Pak­istan’s in­ter­locu­tion with Iran with­out his ex­plicit ap­pPak­istan

PM Im­ran Khan told a vis­it­ing US Con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion on Mon­day that talks with In­dia were out of ques­tion in view of the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir af­ter In­dia re­voked J&K’s spe­cial sta­tus. Khan said there would be no talks with In­dia dur­ing a meet­ing with US se­na­tors Chris Van Hollen and Maggi Has­san, who met to share their ob­ser­va­tions with the PM about their visit to Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Kash­mir on Sun­day. Khan said he was the big­gest sup­porter of Pak­istan-In­dia talks; how­ever, it is im­pos­si­ble un­til the sit­u­a­tion is changed for the bet­ter in Kash­mir.

ro­val — that he vis­i­bly snubbed Im­ran by or­der­ing his pri­vate jet to dis­em­bowel the Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion,” says the ed­i­to­rial writ­ten by vet­eran jour­nal­ist Na­jam Sethi.

Pak­istan, how­ever, has cat­e­gor­i­cally dis­missed as “ut­ter fab­ri­ca­tion” the re­port. “It is to­tally false and ab­so­lutely car­ries no truth what­so­ever,” said a spokesman.

The re­port pub­lished on Fri­day also claimed that Khan’s trip also had “some un­in­tended con­se­quences”.

Dur­ing their visit to New York, the lead­ers of Pak­istan, Turkey and Malaysia had de­cided to launch a BBC-type English tele­vi­sion chan­nel to high­light the is­sues of Mus­lims and fight Is­lam­o­pho­bia in the

West. “We felt that many re­ports about Is­lam and Mus­lims were in­ac­cu­rate, and do not por­tray what Is­lam preaches. We feel there must be an ef­fort to ex­plain what Is­lam is...,” the Malaysian PM tweeted.

Re­act­ing to the write-up, the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said the re­port car­ried “base­less self-cre­ated the­ory with re­spect to the pre­mier’s meet­ings with the lead­ers of Turkey and Malaysia in New York.” The gov­ern­ment spokesman clar­i­fied that Is­lam­abad and Riyadh en­joyed “most cor­dial and broth­erly re­la­tions”. “Only peo­ple with vested in­ter­ests would come up with such con­cocted and base­less as­ser­tions,” he told ‘The Ex­press Tri­bune’.

Reuters

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