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Imran Khan's faux pas: Pakistan PM keeps sitting as world leaders assemble for SCO Summit

File photo: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Bishkek, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Jun 14, 2019, 10.48 AM (IST)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan again broke the diplomatic protocol, this time at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek on Thursday.

In a video shared on the official Twitter handle of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan was seen seated while everyone else stood to welcome the heads of state entering the hall.

Upon realising that he was perhaps the only one seated, he stood briefly and then seated himself again before the others did.

Watch the video:

Khan earlier broke the diplomatic protocol at the 14th OIC summit held in Saudi Arabia.

During a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at the sidelines of the summit, Khan spoke to Salman's interpreter and walked off before the message could be translated to the king. The video was widely circulated on social media and Khan was criticised, both by his countrymen and Saudi Arabia for apparently disrespecting the king.

Khan and the leaders of the SCO member countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi are attending the two-day summit in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.

There was no interaction between PM Modi and Khan on the first day of the SCO meet in Kyrgyzstan. Two events took place on the first day - an informal dinner hosted by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov and a concert at Kyrgyz national Philharmonic but no pleasantries were exchanged between Indian and Pakistani leaders.

All the leaders were seen interacting with each other at the events except Indian and Pakistan.