The Foreign Office of Pakistan has rejected the reports of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto’s arrest in New York, terming the reports a “lie”.
According to the details, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zehra Baloch rejected the reports during her weekly press briefing. She termed the reports of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto’s arrest in New York a “lie” and “contrary to facts”.
The spokesperson clarified that the foreign minister is on an official visit which is “very productive” and “another important step towards further strengthening Pakistan’s broad-based bilateral ties” with the US.
Earlier, reports surfaced on social media that Bilawal Bhutto had gone missing in the US for two days. The reports then sparked rumors, among which claimed that he had allegedly been arrested in New York.
Bilawal Bhutto’s visit to the US
Bilawal Bhutto is currently in the US on an official visit. The primary purpose of FM Bilawal Bhutto’s visit was to attend the Ministerial Conference of the G-77 and China at the UN Headquarters in New York and to hold consultations for the “International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan” to be held next month in Geneva.
The foreign minister met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on December 16 and discussed the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan and international support for Pakistan’s long-term recovery, rehabilitation and restoration based on the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).
Furthermore, Bilawal Bhutto also visited Washington, DC. The visit also included engagements with the Biden Administration and members of the US Congress, speaking engagements at two prestigious think tanks, interaction with Pakistani-American community leaders and the DC-based think-tank community as well as interviews with leading media outlets.
The visit provides an opportunity to review the entire scope of bilateral relations and discuss important regional and global developments.