Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refuses to use Indian bulletproof car at SAARC Summit

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KATHMANDU: The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif has rejected using the bulletproof vehicles provided by India at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit scheduled for next week in Kathmandu.

Nawaz Sharif will be bringing his own car from Islamabad to the Kathmandu, while all other heads of states including Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Maldives President Abdulla Yameen will be using vehicles provided by India.

Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala asked the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to provide vehicles as the Nepal only has 4 bulletproof vehicles, 2 out of which are currently being used by the President and Primi Minister of Nepal and 2 are in need of repair.

The move by the Pakistani Prime Minister is seen as a rebuff towards India due to the tension created by cross-border firing that has been happening since late August after India called off the peace talks with Pakistan.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Khaga Nath Adhikari denied the move as a rebuff saying, “It’s not that they have refused to use an Indian car… when the US president travels, he also brings his own car, it’s not an issue,”

We also think it has nothing to do with the rebuff, the Prime Minister of Pakistan loves his cars.

The SAARC Sumit is going to be held on the 26 and 27 of November this year.

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  1. lex says

    “when the US president travels, he also brings his own car”
    Are you serious? Are we now comparing US president with the PM of our humble country? No doubt NS has more personal wealth than POTUS (Obama can only dream of what NS has) but thats where the comparios between US and Pak ends.

  2. Sandtiger says

    Sounds like a complete non-sense, most likely a C-130 will be dedicated to carrying his own bullet proof
    vehicles. Poor nations like Pakistan cannot afford this and neither does it points towards any useful political implication except for a fact that it highlights an extent of ignorance of Pakistani PM if he thinks so if he is sending any message across.

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