A latest video from the opening ceremony of the SCO summit suggests that Pakistani PM Imran Khan broke the diplomatic protocol.
The video which was originally shared by the official Twitter handle of PTI shows PM Imran Khan seated while everyone else stood to welcome the heads of states to the ceremony.
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
It soon started doing rounds on social media and people criticised Pakistani PM for his behaviour.
Although I am 100% supporting IK n PTI but I think IK should keep standing as all other leaders.Sometimes he makes these silly n useless mistakes which his opponents grab as a opportunity to defame him.— muneeza ahmad (@muneeza05) June 13, 2019
Must study the decorum of diplomatic visits to make some mark in future Mr IK.— VIR as Ever# (@viral64720576) June 13, 2019
IK my leader is so weak in meeting, greeting and receiving others— احمد (@mountainzhiker) June 13, 2019
This character is fast becoming a stand-up (Oops Seated) comedian … Pakistan PM Imran Khan breaks diplomatic protocol at SCO summit https://t.co/VOu1CLKhIz via @timesofindia— Sunil Agrawal (@sunilagrawal999) June 14, 2019
Earlier this month, he broke the diplomatic protocol at the 14th OIC Summit held in Saudi Arabia while greeting the king.
Imran Khan spoke to His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz, walked out & left the interpreter to translate 4 the King. Saudi govt has protested at highest level, told Pakistan that IK’s behaviour was disgusting & broke protocol rules. Meeting with the King & his Cabinet cancelled pic.twitter.com/nI6Yy2yrGD— Sidrah Memon (@SidrahMemon1) June 1, 2019
The international summit which begins today on 14th June will see the heads of states of 8 member nations discuss several crucial issues.