Imran Khan Makes Global Headlines After Destroying Trump on Twitter

Is foreign policy too sensitive a topic to be conducted over Twitter? Or are we seeing the birth of a new era where leaders of countries are comfortable with trading barbs with each other, and that too in full public view over social media? We certainly live in interesting times.

A few days ago, Donald Trump, whose penchant for going on rants on Twitter is well documented, and frankly, too unbecoming of someone who considers himself the leader of the free world, went on a diatribe against Pakistan.

Here’s what he said:

After repeating that same old tired point that Pakistan has done nothing to contribute to the War on Terror, Mr Trump thought that he could get away with playing to the gallery -his rightwing supporters who just want to see some of the faux bravado that Trump is known for. But he thought wrong.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also no stranger to social media, countered Trump’s messages in a hard-hitting response on Twitter:

Two Leaders Battling It Out Over Twitter

For followers of world politics, Imran Khan’s reply doesn’t come as a surprise. Back in September, he reached out to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to work in the interest of peace and come forward for talks for resolving the Kashmir dispute. The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rubbished this olive branch and went after PM Khan, spurning his offer and attacking him personally in what seems to be a breach of all known norms of international relations.

What followed next has become one of the world’s most famous tweets as Imran Khan minced no words in calling out the opposition:

But taking on Modi is one thing, and not that big of a deal as political observers from both sides of the borders will have you know. Taking on the leader of the most powerful country in the world, however, is something else.

International Media Stunned

Media outlets from all around the world also feel the same, with many headlines signifying a Pakistani Prime Minister from civilian circles, taking on a bold tone against US policies in the region. Previously the country’s military could respond in a harsh tone whenever it felt that its efforts in the war on terror were not being highlighted enough.

Imran Khan’s tweets on Trump and the US made it to the headlines of popular media outlets, leaving the whole world stunned as it was the first time that any leader from the whole region took on the US President publicly.

It is rare for a civilian Prime Minister in Pakistan to call out the USA for being dishonest in its dealings. Many news outlets highlighted this fact too, as PM Khan berated Trump for making Pakistan the scapegoat for its continued failures in Afghanistan, where thousands of American troops have nothing to show for their efforts and only trillions of dollars in losses.

Will Twitter be the new battleground for leaders, so that they can whip up emotions and play to their respective galleries?

So what do you think? Is it ok for two leaders of their respective countries to duke it out over Twitter? So long as no one pushes the nuclear button in a fit of rage that is? Let’s hope that never happens.

Samir is the Head of Entertainment at Lens by ProPakistani. You can reach out to him at samir.ya...

      • So lets talk something practical here…when he is closing logistic routes to US for Afghanistan ?

        But fact remains the same that Pakistani awam never gets to know the inside story.

        Pakistani armed forces gave access to airbases and logistic channels to US, protected these routes with their lives. BUT in public another version was heard, close to what public says.

        • Patwari kabhi nahi sudhrega.
          it will happen when the time comes.
          Imran khan first PM who lashes out US przdnt.

    • nawaz sharif and his ilk with every other leader in Pakistan doesn’t have the BALLS to even say a word. PML N media cell is paying good salaries.

    • I am wondering when Imran is closing logistic routes to US for Afghanistan ? That will be more practical than tweeter, isn’t it?

      Remember he staged protest against this in Landi Kotal, haan?

      • That will be a big step. IK explained Pakistan’s role in wot. That’s it!!!! When time will come Pakistan can show a “not allowed” sign board as we did in 2011-12

      • At least he defends his country unlike NS who was afraid to even say the name of Indian Terrorist Kulbushan Yadav. For some Business matters most than country!

  • About time we start showing our sovereignty and stop being apologetic all the time. Its only a matter of time that US will invade Pakistan for causing its failures in Afghanistan. How can

  • Aik garv sa mehsoos hota hai ab apne aapko Pakistani kehte hue. Pakistani passport ki izzat mai izaafa krne ka shukria IK….
    Kisi aur party ya politician mai itne guts nahi k aise direct seedha kr sake US k kisi bhi leader ko.

    • kon c ranking main pakistnai passport ki qadar barh gayi bhai ?
      or pakistani kehtay huway *fakhar* mehsoos karain ;-)

      • yar by Pakistani passport I meant people living abroad. Koi izzat nai krta Pakistanio ki but now atleast we have someone even the international audience looks upto and admires. Isse bohat fark parta hai

  • Dil garden Garden hogaya IK ki tweets read kr k. Aise hi shuru se auqaat mai rakhna chahiye tha Americans ko. dair ae per durust ae.

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