Islamabad, July 19 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will fly to the US by Qatar Airways in a bid to save taxpayers’ money, one of his close aides, Naeemul Haq, has said.
Haq made the announcement regarding Khan’s three-day visit to the US from July 21 on Twitter. The Pakistani leader is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump at the White House on July 22.
Khan has so far used PAK1 for his foreign visits. PAK1 is the official airplane used by Pakistan Prime Ministers. This will be the first time that he will travel on a commercial plane for an official visit.
Earlier, officials in Islamabad were believed to have informed the Pakistan Embassy in the US that Khan desired to stay at the Pakistan Ambassador’s official residence instead of an expensive hotel during his visit to the US.
His visit would be the first summit-level engagement between the two countries since both leaders assumed their respective offices, the News International reported.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief would also meet prominent members of the US Congress, corporate leaders as well as members of the Pakistani diaspora during his visit to Washington.