Shebaz Sharif 'snatches' umbrella from officer, leaves her drenched
Updated Jun 23, 2023
A viral video doing the rounds on social media shows Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who is in Paris to attend a global financing summit, "snatching" an umbrella from a protocol officer leaving her drenched in the rain.
In the 45-second video, Sharif, donning a grey suit, is seen trying to grab the umbrella, which is being held by the officer.
After a few seconds, he proceeds to take the umbrella from her and proceeds to walk alone, while the officer is following him in the pouring rain.
She keeps walking behind him until the Prime Minister reaches the entrance of the venue.
Netizens had a mixed response to the incident.
While one Twitter user said, "there are many others so she (protocal officer) could have used another female officer's umbrella", another person said: "Because last time in Iran when someone else held the umbrella for him -- Pakistani Twitter had a severe meltdown."
A Twitterati joked saying "watching him reminds me of Mr. Bean", while another user said: "And he stole her umbrella."
The Summit for a New Global Financing Pact kicked off in Paris on Thursday, with more than 300 participants from various sectors.
The participants are expected to discuss climate change-related financing issues through six round tables, including overhauling the international financial architecture, restoring confidence, forging partnerships for strategies, and creating a conducive environment for the private sector.
Ahead of the summit, Sharif met several world leaders and heads of the UN and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and highlighted the challenges faced by developing nations, particularly because of climate change.
While addressing the event, the premier stressed the need for a fair and equitable formula for the distribution of financial resources in the world in an effort to help mitigate the suffering of developing nations and ensure peace.