Pak magazine claims Saudi Prince called back Imran Khan’s plane
Pakistani weekly magazine ‘Friday Times’ has made a shocking revelation that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman was upset with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan following his visit to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), hence, he asked for the Pakistan PM’s aircraft to return to New York midway.
Before attending the 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Mr Khan had first visited Saudi Arabia.
While departing for New York from Jeddah, the Saudi Crown Prince stopped Mr Khan from embarking a commercial flight to the US and asked him to fly onboard his private jet as he could not let his guest travel in a commercial plane, Pakistani media reports had said.
the Friday Times weekly magazine has contradicted this claim, and in an article published on October 4, it said: “The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, was so alienated by some dimensions of the Pakistani Prime Minister’s diplomacy in New York – he couldn’t have been happy at the prospect of Imran Khan, (Turkish President) Recep Tayyip Erdogan and (Malaysian Prime Minister) Mahathir Mohammad planning to jointly represent the Islamic bloc, nor with Pakistan’s interlocution with Iran without his explicit approval…he visibly snubbed Imran by ordering his private jet to disembowel the Pakistani delegation…”
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Mr Khan had met Mr Erdogan and Mr Mahathir, where the three leaders decided to launch “a BBC type English language TV Channel that, apart from highlighting Muslim issues, will also fight Islamophobia”.
Also during the UNGA, Mr Khan had announced that he was working to mediate with Iran to defuse the tensions in the Gulf at the request of both US President Donald Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince.