Pakistani opposition criticizes PM over Saudi-Trump summit

 23 May 2017 - 16:09

Pakistani opposition criticizes PM over Saudi-Trump summit
Pakistani opposition leader and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party Imran Khan leaves the Supreme Court after attending a hearing on the Panama Papers case in Islamabad on May 22, 2017. (AFP / AAMIR QURESHI)


ISLAMABAD: A prominent Pakistani opposition leader has criticized the country's prime minister for an allegedly "ineffective" trip to Saudi Arabia for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The cricket-star-turned-politician Imran Khan is also claiming that Trump snubbed Nawaz Sharif by not singling out Pakistan as a victim of terror attacks in his summit speech in Riyadh over the weekend. Trump did mention Pakistan's archrival India as a target of extremist attacks.

Pakistani media say Khan accused Sharif of "failing to take a stand" for Pakistan and other Muslim communities in Iran, which was not invited to the summit, the disputed Kashmir and Palestinian territories.

Khan and his supporters have over the past months staged mass street protests, which have at times dissolved into violence, demanding Sharif and the government resign.