Imran Khan’s Visit to the US is a Global Twitter Phenomenon

Imran Khan is a crowd-puller, there has never been any doubt about it. He has proven it once again, away from home in Washington DC, where he addressed the Pakistani community in the United States during his first official visit to the country.

Leaving the politics aside, the gathering, aka Jalsa, is a testament to Khan’s popularity in the Pakistani expat community across the globe. He received a heartwarming welcome from the Pakistani community in the United States as people kept coming in where Imran Khan delivered his speech.

The Capital One Arena, which has a capacity of around 25,000, was jam-packed to see Imran Khan and listen to what he had to say about those living abroad for livelihood. Ever since he came into power last year, Khan has always said that overseas Pakistanis are close to his heart, which might be the reason why people turned out in numbers to witness the historic event. There were reports that people had flown in from Canada and other countries to catch a glimpse of the superstar-esque PM of Pakistan.

Twitter is swarmed with all sorts of messages regarding the premier’s visit to the States. Here are the top trends on Twitter in Pakistan:

 

Twitter Trends

Not just this, the hashtag #PKIKJalsainUS was the top trend worldwide.

#PKIKJalsainUS was the top trend worldwide early in the morning today

Let’s see what people are saying about the Jalsa, which reminded us of the Dharna days.

Mohammad Hafeez liked what he saw:

So did Waqar Younis.

Faisal Javed Khan knows how to warm up the crowd.

Some scenes from the arena.

The best-kept secret yet?

Not a cinema.

Overseas Pakistanis showed their love for Imran Khan.

Massive indeed.

On a lighter note:

Feature Writer


  • The population of pakistanis living in US is over 365000. Out of all of them if 30000 idiot youthiyas came to listen to his baq baq that’s not something we should celebrate about.

  • Acha……. Aur ghareeb awaam ko jo khud-kashi par majbur kia ja chuka hai unka kia? Ye tamashaii unky zakhmo’n par namak ni daal rahy?

  • Overseas pakistani can not understand the basic problems of poor pakistanis. As they got food, education, medical care and job. They don’t suffer from inflation in Pakistan.

    • you are wrong, i know all the ins and outs of Pakistan more so than the pakistanis living in Pakistan. Times are hard yes, but change will come. Here in UK, people cannot afford shool dinners for kids at school. Families have to go to food banks to get food.
      Pakistan will come out of this mess , give him 4 more years

      • o bhai yeh lecture kahi aur jaa kr dena, overseas pakistanion ko kuch nhe pata, unhain kia pata k gareeb kaise guzara kr raha ha, unhain kaise pata k aj jis insan ne ghar banana tha woh ab agle 2 saal tk nhe bana sakta, unhain kia pata k jis bechare ne 12 lac ki wagon r k lye paise jama kye thay woh ab agle 3 saal tk gari nhe le sakta, and yet they know everyhting
        Go to your cosy homes and sleep well aur phr khuwab main dekhna naya pakistan, hypocrites

        • I understand your pain. These people don’t realise that IK only seeks attention and limelight. He makes statements to seek popularity. He has no vision.

        • Har saal overseas Pakistani koi 20 billion dollars Pakistan bhejte hain. Itna ziada dollar ata hai Pakistan me inki waja se to ye haal hai. Dollar lete huay b inko bura bhala kaha karo aur bola karo nahi chahiyen tumharay dollar. Khud dekh lena aik do saal me dimagh thikanay lag jaega tumhara mehangai aur inflation se.

          Me khud Pakistan me rehta hoon aur mujhe b pata hai k overseas Pakistanion ko andaza nahi hai humari problems ka. Lekin humari problems overseas Pakistanion ki waja se nahi hamaray politicians ki waja se hain. Agar change laana hai mulk me to vote se lao. Corrupt logon ko vote dena band karo aur Pakistan k sath honest logon ko vote do, khud ajaegi tabdeeli.

        • Just because someone is living abroad doesn’t mean they are oblivious of what’s happening here. Almost everyone has family here and they do come here and they do know how their family lives here and that’s the reason they send money back to Pakistan.
          Its amazing how us Pakistanis love to call ourselves “ghareeb” and claim that overseas Pakistanis don’t know anything when they themselves are oblivious of what the country is going through.
          The ghareeb can’t afford a house worth Rs. 4 million or more and the ghareeb definitely can’t buy a new car. You are the middle class and you have to bear the burden along with the elite class.
          Wagon R kab 12 lakh ki thi yaad hai? 3 years ago.
          And if you are so in need of a car why do you have to buy a new car why not a used one? Nakhray control karnay seekho apnay.
          Gari aaj tumhari saal puranay rate main mil jaye leken kal ko mulk deewalia ho jaye to aram aye ga? Jab petrol mehenga to chhoro milay ga hi nahi tab is gari ka achaar dalna hay?
          Bethay Pakistan main ho aur itna bhi nahi pata k Imran Khan ya kui aur tees maar khan jitni bhi koshish kar lai ab Pakistani ko bachana kitna mushkil hay kitna qarza charha k gaye hain.
          You are the real hypocrites who don’t care about the country but want your new car and your new house. So what if the country is bankrupt you’ll just sell your house and car and move abroad. People like you are the cause behind the current state of the country, those who support the corrupt or are corrupt. Kabhi rishwat sifarish ko na ki hai jo Pakistani ko bura bhala kehtay ho?
          I’ve lived in the UK and am currently living and earning in Pakistan and am happy to pay higher taxes if that helps improve the country’s situation. And no I didn’t have millions to start a business and I didn’t use any sifarish for my job. I started down the food chain and grew over the last few years to where I can say I am earning decently. Have some patience. Those who show patience always get the reward.

      • Exactly, four more years of this pain and mockery. Many dreams are shattered. It won’t be surprising if the suicide rate increases exponentially in these four years courtesy IK.

      • You don’t know the ins and outs of Pakistan more than the people who actually live in Pakistan. You live 4000 miles away and only see Pakistan in news, we live in the reality of it and suffer through this government daily. In UK at least there are food banks and free healthcare, have you seen how many Pakistanis suffer and even die because they’re too poor to afford food or healthcare for fatal diseases?

        You really want to know the ins and outs? Start living and earning in Pakistan. Let’s see how long you put up with this government then.

        • Just because someone is living abroad doesn’t mean they are oblivious of what’s happening here. Almost everyone has family here and they do come here and they do know how their family lives here and that’s the reason they send money back to Pakistan.
          I’ve lived in the UK and am currently living and earning in Pakistan and am happy to pay higher taxes if that helps improve the country’s situation. And no I didn’t have millions to start a business and I didn’t use any sifarish for my job. I started down the food chain and grew over the last few years to where I can say I am earning decently. Have some patience. Those who show patience always get the reward.
          Its amazing how us Pakistanis love to call ourselves “ghareeb” and claim that overseas Pakistanis don’t know anything when they themselves are oblivious of what the country is going through.

  • Unfortunately, Most American- Pakistanis are ultra conservative and wish for Pakistan which is deep rooted in the principles of 60’s and 70’s.

  • Please do a little bit of research before writing articles. Capital Arena has a capacity of 20,000 from which one of the quarter was blocked for the stage!

    • Capital Arena has a “seating capacity” of slightly “over 20,000”. For this event, the field area was also utilized for seating while the remaining field area was used for the stage.

      • Yes, I agree but that still doesn’t count up to 25,000. One full quarter was blocked and the floor also had seats which weren’t as much as they’ve blocked for the stage. I was there for the event FYI

        • You claim it doesn’t count up to 25,000 but the international media is claiming there were 30,000 people at the event. Check coverage from Herald, Independent, Khaleej, MSN and many others from China, Australia, UK, US, Canada, UAE, KSA & several others. Even our own local publishers claim there were over 30,000 at the event.
          Not everyone can be wrong about this. All these publishers are reporting official numbers from the Capital Arena.

          And while you claim that a quarter (25%) was blocked by the stage, videos show it was much less. If you were at the event, you should know better.


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