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Pakistan PM follows standard security protocol, Frisked at US airport

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Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi went through a security check at New York’s JFK airport during a recent US visit, say Pakistani media reports that come at a time ties between the two countries have been severely strained.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is seen picking up his bag and coat and walking out of security check at an airport like any ordinary passenger in footage shown on Pakistani television channels and circulated on social media. The visuals have been termed as a “major embarrassment” for the country by much of Pakistani media.

Geo News has said the Pakistan prime minister was in the US last week on a private visit, reportedly to visit his sister, and followed standard security protocol for all passengers. Mr Abbasi, says Geo News, is known for his simplicity.

In the same visit, he reportedly met Vice President Mike Pence.

Some media reports criticised Mr Abbasi for going through what they call a humiliating process for the head of a nation despite a diplomatic passport.