Staff at Islamabad airport were taken by surprise when they saw the country’s President Dr. Arif Alvi queueing in line, leaving for his official trip to Turkey on Sunday morning aboard a commercial airline, without any convoy or entourage.
The head of state arrived at the Islamabad Airport and was seen boarding a commercial airline for his three-day visit to Turkey where he is expected to hold bilateral talks with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan along with other foreign dignitaries.
After arriving at the Islamabad Airport, the President held a press conference before beginning the boarding procedure.
A journalist filmed the President standing in the queue while he is speaking in Urdu with others before approaching the officer at the passport control. The local newspaper The Express Tribune had his picture on its front page.
The President, who is a dentist, was elected on Sept. 4 while starting his responsibilities after five days. He is considered the opposite of his wife Samina and mother of his four children, who was seen traveling twice accompanied with a convoy of fleets in the three weeks following his inauguration.
While at the airport, Alvi denied rumors that an Israeli plane had landed at the airport and stayed for 10 hours angering the Pakistani opposition, saying: “We are not establishing any relations with Israel.”
It is worth mentioning that Israeli Avi Scharf, Editor of Haaretz English newspaper had tweeted about the rumored incident.