‘Can someone help me?’: Putin laughs as Pak PM Shehbaz struggles with earphones during meeting; video surfaces

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Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s failed attempt to place earphones on Thursday during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan deeply embarrassed Pakistan.

Shehbaz Sharif struggles with his earphones in one of the viral videos as Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on and smiles. “Can someone help me?” inquired Shehbaz Sharif, unable to operate the earphones. Later in the video, a person can be seen coming to the rescue twice and Putin also checking the earplug once.

President Putin waited for the device to be placed on Prime Minister Sharif’s ear.

Prime Minister Sharif’s embarrassment caused a lot of criticism on social media. Supporters of former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan criticized, saying the incident embarrassed the country internationally.

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Opposition leader PTI Shireen Mazari also shared the video, saying the ‘Crime Minister’ is a constant disgrace to Pakistan. “Even President Putin ended up just having to laugh at this clumsy man. Pathetic. This is what the conspirators wanted? To purposely have a politician who would not only be a swindler, but a pathetic apology for a prime minister?” she wrote.

Shehbaz Sharif said Thursday in his meetings with world leaders from friendly countries, he explained the floods. “It was a long but productive day in Samarkand. During my meetings with leaders of our friendly countries, we agreed to strengthen trade and investment. I explained the floods caused by climate change. Food and energy shortages are a real challenge for our collective development agenda,” he tweeted.

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This is the SCO’s first face-to-face meeting in two years after the COVID epidemic. The leaders of eight SCO member states, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attend the 22nd SCO conference.

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