Omar Abdullah Backs Pak PM Imran Khan Even As No US Delegation Receives Him At His First Visit To The Country

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:


  • Omar Abdullah backs Imran Khan even as US delegtaion did not recieve him at the airport as he arrived in US
  • Imran Khan is scheduled to meet Trump at his Oval Office on Monday, the first by a Pakistani leader in nearly four years
  • Khan's visit to the US is also marked by protests by several ethnic and religious minorities of Pakistan, including Baloch, Sindhis and Mohajirs

Even as Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was not received by any US delegation or Donald Trump's minister, Omar Abdullah, former Jammu and Kashmir CM has backed him. In what may be called a brazen backing of Pakistan Prime Minister, Abdullah took to Twitter and said that it reflects badly on the American establishment that they did not come to receive him. In a veiled reference to Indian politicians, he said that "Imran Khan didn't wear his ego on sleeves". He has also asked as to why is Imran Khan being targeted when he just saved his country's money. 

Imran Khan, the 66-year-old cricketer-turned politician, is scheduled to meet Trump at his Oval Office on Monday, the first by a Pakistani leader in nearly four years, the last one being that of Nawaz Sharif in October 2015. He is travelling to the US at an invitation by Trump and the Administration is preparing to give him a warm welcome which includes a traditional welcome at the White House, one-no-one meeting at the Oval Office and a working luncheon in the presence of several of his Cabinet colleagues and leaders from the Pentagon.

In an embarrassment to his nation, Imran Khan was not received by any officials from the United States as he landed in the country via Qatar Airways flight. He was instead welcomed at the airport by his foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Khan will be staying at the official residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan.

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Even as the country of Pakistan reels under dire economic crisis and pressure from the international platform to end terrorism harbouring in its soil, Abdullah's comment seems as an attempt to target Indian leaders more than extending his support to Pakistani premier. Meanwhile, former AAP leader Kumar Vishwas took a dig at Imran Khan on the same incident and said that one can only get money in charity and not respect. 

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