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