Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was subject to criticism once again over his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA). At the assembly, Imran Khan fired shots at former US President Ronald Reagan. Khan allegedly said “According to a news item, Ronald Reagan compared “mujahideens” to the founding fathers of the United States,”. He also went on to say that the Reagan invited mujaahideens to the white house and that they were considered heroes. Imran Khan received with harsh criticism for propelling fake news at a formal, international assembly. Pakistani journalist Gharidah Farooqi denounced the statement made by Khan. That too, at an international forum. She said “It was an international embarrassment that he(Imran Khan) was quoting from fake news to launch Pakistan at the assembly,”. She also appealed for firing his speech writer.
Opposition parties also lashed out at Imran Khan. Opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif said, “Fire Imran Khan, not the speechwriter,”. Former Afghan diplomat Mahmoud Saikal said that Imran Khan presented wrong facts at the event. “The days of plausible deniability are over. The exposure of Pakistan will continue,” Saikal tweeted. According to Pakistani journalist Naila Inayat pointed out the fact that the Pakistani PM has made the same claims before. She tweeted that PM Khan made similar claims in 2019 at the Council of Foreign Relations.
PM Khan’s statement at the CFR:
While speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in 2019, Khan claimed that former Prez. Ronald Reagan compared the Afghan mujahideens to founding fathers. He allegedly claimed that Reagan invited them to the White House as they were fighting against the Soviet Union during 1980’s, when the cold war between US and Soviet union was going on.
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