PM’s US visit to mend fences

CEO Qatar Airways meets PM Imran Khan


Our correspondent
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Qatar Airways Akbar Albaker called upon the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan during his transit flight to Washington on his maiden US state trip. During the meeting, both the sides discussed the matters of mutual interest.
Qatar Airways operations in Pakistan. Qatar Airways is the flag carrier of Qatar, and operates flights to more than 87 countries on every inhabited continent. The airline has 68 weekly flights to Pakistan, including 14 flights to Karachi, 14 Flights to Islamabad, 14 flights to Lahore and 7 weekly flights to Peshawar, Sialkot & Multan, and 5 weekly flights to Faisalabad.
Accompanied by a small delegation, Prime Minister Imran Khan departed in a commercial flight for his official visit to the United States. Since assuming office, it is the first state visit of PM Khan to the US on the invitation of President Donald J. Trump. During his three-day visit, PM Khan will call on President Trump at the White House on July 22 to discuss a wide range of bilateral and regional matters.
According to the White House, PM Imran’s visit will focus on strengthening cooperation between the United States and Pakistan to bring peace, stability, and economic prosperity to a region that has seen far too much conflict. The prime minister will also hold meetings with the acting director of the International Monetary Fund and the president of the World Bank besides interacting with the members of the Pakistani community in the United States.
PM Khan will be accommodated in the Pakistan House throughout his stay in the US. The PM’s US visit would be the first summit-level engagement between Pakistan and the United States since both leaders assumed their respective offices.
Prime Minister Imran Khan travels to the United States tomorrow hoping the arrest of a militant leader with a $10mn US bounty on his head and progress in Afghan peace talks will help secure a favourable reception. Khan is expected to try to mend fences and attract much-needed investment during his meeting with US President Donald Trump in exchange for assurances of full co-operation in ending the war in Afghanistan and fighting militant threats.
Trump, a property developer turned reality TV star, and Khan, World Cup-winning captain of the Pakistan cricket team, both came to office after achieving fame away from politics, and the personal chemistry between the two may be decisive.
A lot will depend on the kind of mood that President Trump and indeed Prime Minister Khan find themselves in. Neither of them is known to be particularly predictable. Battling to stave off a balance of payments crisis and forced to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Pakistan is badly in need of foreign investment but security is likely to be the main focus of the visit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who will kick start his three-day visit to the United States of America on Sunday, is scheduled to address a record-setting gathering of the Pakistani community at a stadium in the downtown of the Washington DC.
The prime minister will address the Pakistani community at Capital One Arena with a seating capacity of above 20,000 persons most of which had been booked already with more people still registering themselves to attend the event.
The prime minister’s community address is distinctive in the way as previously, the visiting Pakistani leaders used to address the Pakistani expatriates in the community halls or closed door rooms at hotels. The address is scheduled at around 1600 hours of local time.
The atmosphere we are witnessing this time was never seen in the past. The Pakistani community the American Pakistanis are yearning to see and listen to Imran Khan and know the concept of Naya Pakistan and what message he has brought along to America.

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