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PM Imran Khan’s team caught making diplomatic faux pas

January 4, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s team may perhaps think of getting a tutor in diplomatic etiquette. In a high-level meeting with Turkish officials Friday, they did not follow the posture protocols.

This behavior was highlighted by journalist Salman Masood who tweeted: “Turks are sitting with proper diplomatic etiquette. Pak side unfortunately seems oblivious to diplomatic norms of how to sit in state meetings.”

The correct manners would have been to sit upright and alert. The Pakistanis should not have been cross-legged in front of the other dignitaries. But as the photograph shows, several members of the Pakistani team appear to be unaware of these rules.

The team accompanying the prime minister included Finance Minister Asad Umar, Advisor Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Pakistan Ambassador Cyrus Sajjad Qazi, Federal Minister for Planning Khusro Bakhtiar and Assistant to the PM Zulfiqar Bukhari.



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    chengez k   January 4, 2019 7:28 pm/ Reply

    What a silly article…..this is 21 st century….Turks only care for what we can offer…not how we sit silly !!!!

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    Mushtaq   January 4, 2019 8:20 pm/ Reply

    they are also busy in doing their bits and not looking towards their own PM.
    Its a shame.

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      Tanveer Mohammed   January 6, 2019 6:57 am/ Reply

      it’s a photo dummy, a millisecond is what you judge things on? Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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    Arshad Khan   January 4, 2019 11:16 pm/ Reply

    Speechless, is this he cream of the crop representing the nation?

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    Tanveer Mohammed   January 6, 2019 6:55 am/ Reply

    My Pakistani brothers and sisters are getting dumber by the day. Grasping at straws comes to mind.

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    SY   January 6, 2019 11:20 pm/ Reply


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    Usman   January 8, 2019 4:43 pm/ Reply

    Funny thing, my dad always criticizes when he sees guests or hosts sitting cross-legged on everyday talk shows. Now I know what he means. Maybe sitting cross-legged is not as good as sitting with both legs grounded. But for some reason, Pakistanis feel more comfortable doing it.

    Taking nothing away from our officials, I’m sure they are committed to the task at hand and would take note is they come across this article.

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