"My understanding is that if the head of state chooses to travel privately without diplomatic passport, then they are travelling as a private citizen, then he would have to go through the same security screening that you and I will have to go," Alexander McLaren, deputy spokesperson of the US Embassy in New Delhi, said during a media interaction.
"Obviously, an official visit is a different story," he said.
A video that has gone viral on social media shows a casually-dressed Abbasi being frisked at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York earlier this week.
According to Pakistani media reports, Abbasi travelled to the US to visit his ailing sister.
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