A government spokesman Sunday categorically dismissed as utter fabrication a report published in a weekly magazine that the special plane given by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to facilitate Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit was called back by him from Canada to New York during his travel back to Pakistan.
“It is totally false and absolutely carries no truth whatsoever,” the spokesman said in a statement, adding, the report also carried baseless and self-created theory with respect to the prime minister’s meetings with the leaders of Turkey and Malaysia in New York.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan had reportedly failed to return to his home country after the plane carrying him and his delegation malfunctioned hours into the return trip from the US, and was forced to land in New York.
The crew discovered a technical problem on board the jet, four hours after it left New York for Pakistan on Friday night, Pakistani media reported.
According to reports, it was a glitch in the plane’s electronics.
The details of the malfunction are unclear but apparently it was serious, since the aircraft was forced to turn around near Toronto, Canada.
It then landed in New York’s John F. Kennedy International airport.
Khan was on his way back to Pakistan after concluding a week-long visit to the US, where he claimed at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that a “bloodbath” was brewing in the disputed region of Kashmir.
He also hinted that nuclear weapons could be used against India if war breaks out.