Published: Sun, July 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan PM Imran begins USA visit

Pakistan PM Imran begins USA visit

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qatar Airways Akbar Albaker on Saturday called upon the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during his transit flight to Washington on his maiden U.S. state trip.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has reached the United States (US) to pay a three-day official visit over the invitation of President Donald Trump, ARY News reported.

The cricketer-turned-politician arrived here aboard a commercial Qatar Airways flight and is staying at the official residence of the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Sohail Mehmood and US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo would be part of meeting. A large number of Pakistani Americans also welcomed him.

Authorities in Pakistan arrested a former prime minister Thursday over alleged irregularities related to the import of natural gas from Qatar. The visit would feature the first summit-level engagement between Pakistan and the United States since both leaders assumed their respective offices.The prime minister will also be meeting prominent members of the US Congress, corporate leaders and opinion makers as well as members of the Pakistani diaspora.

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Imran Khan is scheduled to address a record-setting gathering of the Pakistani community at a stadium in the downtown of the Washington DC. "I would be very grateful if you would raise with him the issue of persecuted Christians in Pakistan, the blasphemy law and people who are suffering under this law", Taseer from Pakistan told Trump during a meeting at the Oval Office.

Before becoming the prime minister, Khan used to visit the U.S. regularly and has a sizeable support base among the Pakistani diaspora.

The U.S. has been repeatedly requesting Pakistan to free Dr. Afridi, said the senior administration official. The Embassy had no lobbyist during the past six years.

The Baloch groups Saturday started a mobile billboard campaign in America's national capital urging President Trump to help end "enforced disappearances" in Pakistan.

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