Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, gave a warm welcome to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, upon his arrival in Islamabad for a two-day visit.
добро пожаловать в пакистан FM #SergeyLavrov. Pakistan and Russia share a multi faceted relationship and we welcome FM Lavrov’s visit in line w/ our mutual commitment to further strengthen our bilateral ties, deepening our growing bonds of cooperation & collaboration.
🇵🇰 🤝 🇷🇺 pic.twitter.com/6sAazwuRIJ
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) April 6, 2021
Besides Minister Qureshi, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia, Shafqat Ali Khan, and other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the reception.
Apart from the standard protocols of maintaining formal relationships and revising foreign interests on various fronts, Minister Qureshi sparked outrage among netizens, who seemed to disapprove of how his Russian counterpart had been received upon his arrival.
— Hamadullah Awan (@HA_Socialist) April 6, 2021
With users flocking on Twitter as the scenes went viral, netizens began their quest to determine what had irked them the most.
— Abdul Hameed Lone (@HameedAPHC) April 6, 2021
While such instances are typically disregarded as unintended cameos on most occasions, social media users pointed out Minister Qureshi’s ‘imperial approach’ as he was accompanied by an umbrella bearer while Minister Lavrov had held his own umbrella.
These are undoubtedly tough times, and nobody likes to see, or even hear of a person flaunting their privileges even if it is unintended.
— Bilal Tawakkal (@BilalTawakkal) April 6, 2021
If the representatives of powerful countries are able to ‘hold their own’ at events as big as this one, netizens argued “why can’t the Pakistani FM do the exact same thing?”
اس تصویر کو دیکھ کر واقعی بڑا افسوس ہوا ۔ ہم سے بہت زیادہ ترقی یافتہ ملک کے وزیر خارجہ کو اپنی چھتری اٹھاتے ہوئے شرم محسوس نہیں ہو رہی مگر پاکستان کے وزیر خارجہ اپنی چھتری اٹھاتے ہوئے عار محسوس کر رہے ہیں ☔۔ #RussiaPakistan pic.twitter.com/EcnjvoDii8
— NANHA-ANCHOR (@NanhaAnchor) April 6, 2021
While Minister Qureshi had played his part to maintain Pakistan’s foreign relations as intended, a little display of humility by him might have done him well.
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