In a video doing the rounds on social media, Prime Minister Imran Khan can be seen making a departure from what is generally assumed to be diplomatic protocol during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Kyrgyzstan’s Bishkek.
He’s in Kyrgyzstan for two days for the summit’s Council of the Heads of State meeting.
The video shows that during the opening ceremony of the summit, he sat down while all other heads of state stood and waited for their counterparts to be introduced and arrive at their seats before being seated.
PM Khan stood when his name was called but then sat back down. He was surrounded by other heads of state and diplomats, all of whom were standing.
The video was shared on the official Twitter handle of the PTI.
Prime Minister of #Pakistan @ImranKhanPTI‘s Arrival with other World Leaders at Invitation of President of Kyrgyzstan for Opening Ceremony 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek Kyrgyzstan (13.06.19)#SCOSummit2019 pic.twitter.com/fYdKYN3Fv7
— PTI (@PTIofficial) June 13, 2019
PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal posted a comment on Twitter, saying being the prime minister was an “on job training project”.
In a recent meeting with Saudi King Salman, PM Khan walked off while a translator was still translating what he said.