"Has Pakistan PM been given a new job? Seen him regularly chauffeuring around Arabs princes," quipped journalist Gul Bukhari on Twitter, after photographs of Imran Khan ferrying a Saudi prince went viral on social media on Monday.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman began his four-day regional visit by arriving in Pakistan on Sunday.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan along with cabinet members, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and other high-profile officials received the prince and his entourage at Nur Khan Airbase.
The crown prince was welcomed with a 21-gun salute by a contingent of the Armed forces amid much fanfare in the capital. A formation of JF-17 thunder jets and F-16 fighter jets escorted the plane of the Saudi royal after its entry into the Pakistani airspace.
Pakistan Air Force Fighter aircraft escorting the VVIP aircraft of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. #CrownPrinceinPakistan #WelcomePrinceMBS #PakSaudiFriendship pic.twitter.com/CN9A3X1kPh— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) February 17, 2019
The trip comes days after a suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.
While receiving him, Imran Khan broke protocol and personally drove the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in a Mercedes Benz to the official residence, where a welcome ceremony was held in his honour.
As soon as the photo surfaced on the microblogging site, several questioned and mocked Khan's decision to turn chauffeur for the prince.
Has Pakistan PM been given a new job? Seen him regularly chauffeuring around Arabs princes. pic.twitter.com/zMeBox2EGn— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) February 17, 2019
drivers union should intervene....only few jobs that are left are also being grabbed by VIPs... https://t.co/2eVxZATjJY— VISHWASKUMAR (@iamvishwaskumar) February 18, 2019
#ImranKhan after driving the saudi prince himself
“bhai jaan 5 star de dena” pic.twitter.com/sudezLA7RL— ItzALI (@Mr_A_Says) February 18, 2019
Mr Imran Khan has become the highest paid chauffeur in the world. Rs 20 billion US dollars for driving MBS--Mullah of the Business Society. https://t.co/emaGExLDjK— Mukhtar Lone????? (@Mukhtarlone6) February 18, 2019
Imran Khan driving Pakistan's economy literally pic.twitter.com/wSmkniDqgi— (@my2bit) February 18, 2019
Imran Khan: H..
MBS: So how long you have been driving uber? pic.twitter.com/eLhHUDiIbN— The Super Maan (@safeermaan) February 18, 2019
Imran Khan after driving the Saudi prince himself
"Bhai jan 5 star de dena"— Saad (@OverLord_Xd) February 17, 2019
Others, however, weren't critical of Khan's gesture.
The Kind of love and respect PM imran khan has introduced by driving himself, his important state guests is too Sweet
No doubt he gets the same Respect in return!— نسرین (@Nas_k27) February 17, 2019