Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Friday, made a statement on U-turns. He is often accused of making U-turns in his political career which tend to attract an ire from social media users and the opposition parties.
While meeting a group of journalists at Prime Minister House on Friday, Khan said: “Real leaders should be ready to take U-turns.”
Khan not only defended his U-turns but also presented examples of Hitler and Nepolian from history as for those who didn’t change their strategies according to the situation and faced defeat.
Ever since his comments, the opposition has been bashing the premier for his statement, and PTI supporters are defending his comments as a positive step.
Here is how Senator Faisal Javed defended Khan’s statement.
"U Turn" is Evaluation. It is Assessment, Rating, Estimation, Ranking, Weighing up, Consideration, Analysis.
Proper evaluation of results (whether to take a U Turn or not) is crucial. There is a huge difference between "A U Turn" and "A Blatant Lie"
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) November 17, 2018
And here’s Dr. Aamir Liaquat’s version:
یوٹرن واپس پلٹنے کو کہتے ہیں
ہمارے دین میں واپس پلٹنے والا “رجوع” کرنے والا ہے
واپس پلٹنا اچھا ہوتا ہے، بات پر جمے رہنا مناسب نہیں ہوتا
عمران خان @ImranKhanPTI نے یو ٹرن سے مراد رجوع کو لیا ہے اور صحیح مطلب اخذ کیا ہے ۔۔ ہر بڑا لیڈر اور انسان یوٹرن لیتا تھا اور لیتا رہے گا
— Aamir Liaquat Husain (@AamirLiaquat) November 16, 2018
When this did not suffice, PTI’s official Facebook page brought in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ comments on this matter to put in some weight to their claims.
The page shared a video of the digital business tycoon sharing the leadership principles that reanalyzing your decisions makes you a good leader.
Perspective from Jeff Bezos on “Flip Flops”…. more popularly known in our world as “U-Turns”. A crucial part of leadership qualities. Changing your mind, and reanalysing your own theory is a mark of good leadership. A must watch for those who can’t understand :) pic.twitter.com/Ca4jhmWECY
— PTI (@PTIofficial) November 18, 2018
“People who are right a lot, change their mind a lot and they seek to dis-confirm their most profoundly held convictions,” Bezos said in the video.
Bezos stressed that you shouldn’t let anyone trap you for your words said in the past for “Life is complicated and the world is complicated, so you get new data, and when you get new data, you should change your mind.”
He further commented on how politicians don’t get the liberty to change their mind saying: “They get accused of being flip-floppers.”