Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was reportedly flustered when he was approached by a Pakistani woman while shopping at the upmarket Harrods department store in London this week.
Sharif’s security detail reportedly took away the woman’s phone after she tried to take a photo of the premier and she was even “summoned” by the Pakistan high commission in the British capital.
The incident came to light through a series of tweets from the verified account of Shoaib Taimur, a London-based data scientist of Pakistani origin, on Monday. Taimur tweeted that an acquaintance on a WhatsApp group had spotted Sharif “shopping for Gucci shoes at Harrods”.Tweet embed:
Oh here is a photo of Nawaz Sharif at Harrods pic.twitter.com/pW3mgIOj1w— Shoaib Taimur (@shobz) September 26, 2016
“He (Sharif) got flustered when approached by Pakistanis,” Taimur said. The woman’s phone was taken away by Sharif’s security team though Harrods security returned it to her.
According to Taimur’s tweets, one of the members of Sharif’s security detail even asked the woman why she was at Harrods without a male escort. In a lighter vein, Taimur noted that Sharif “has really bad taste in shoes”.
Taimur’s posts suggested that Sharif was annoyed when people questioned why he was in London instead of Pakistan. “Nawaz Sharif and his goons are scared of a woman. What sort of a Sher does that,” he added, referring to the lion symbol of the premier’s PML-N party.
Sharif transited through London while flying back to Pakistan from New York, where he attended the UN General Assembly. Sharif used his speech at the world body to rake up the Kashmir issue and demand a UN fact-finding mission into alleged rights violations by Indian security forces.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have spiked in the wake of a terror attack on an army camp in Uri that killed 18 soldiers.
Harrods is apparently a favourite with Sharif, who was spotted in the store in Knightsbridge in June. At that time, Sharif was convalescing in London after open heart surgery.