Here’s How the Story of Imran Khan Being Named Muslim Man of the Year Went Viral (Again)

Recently, the news about Prime Minister Imran Khan being conferred “Muslim Man of the Year” in “The 500 Most Influential Muslims,” an annual publication by Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center, was fervently celebrated at the official level.

PTV and Radio Pakistan ran the story for hours while members of the ruling party heaped praises on PM Imran Khan on being named Muslim Man of the Year.


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Not just this, #PMIKMuslimManOfYear and #TheMuslim500 trended all night long on Twitter as more than 60,000 tweets were posted using these hashtags.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) also shared the news on its official Twitter account.

However, BBC Urdu has pointed out that it is a piece of old news based on a story that was originally published in October last year.

On 8 October 2019, Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center had originally named Prime Minister Imran Khan as Muslim Man of the Year in the 11th issue of The 500 Most Influential Muslims.

Imran Khan’s efforts to improve bilateral relations with India, resolve disputes peacefully, and maintain regional peace and stability were acknowledged in the 11th issue of the magazine.


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Back then, PTI’s official Twitter had also shared the news on its official Twitter account.

How the Story Went Viral?

It all started when The News, a local English daily, initially ran this story on 23 August which was picked by both local and international publishers.

The News had published the same story back in October last year as well.

When contacted by BBC Urdu, a senior journalist at The News, who asked not to be named, said he was also surprised over the fact that The News has republished a story which it had published in October last year as well.

Head of PTI social media team, Muhammad Kamran, has said that sharing popular news about Imran Khan is a part of the social media policy of PTI which is why this news was shared despite it being based on an old story.


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Each year in October, Jordan’s Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center issues The 500 Most Influential Muslims’ latest edition for the coming year.

For instance, The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2019, the publication’s 10th edition, was published in October 2018 in which Malaysia’s Mahathir bin Mohamad was named as the Muslim Man of the Year.

Similarly, The 500 Most Influential Muslims 2020, the publication’s 11th edition, was published in October 2019 in which Prime Minister Imran Khan was named as the Muslim Man of the Year.

Back then, the story was covered by almost every publisher soon after the 11th edition of The 500 Most Influential Muslims was released.

However, The News decided to republish the exact story over the weekend that it had already published in October last year, causing the old news to go viral again.

Via: BBC Urdu

  • What is the difference between pesh BRT and islamabad airport project same old corruption story..

    what difference he is making for poor people same old story..

    shame on you imran khan.. He should watch his old vdos and chulluu bhar bani..

    and yes f***k yaa all selector and selected..

    kuch nhn hoo saktaaa.

        • Oh God you still alive? how are you long time no see by the way guys it was only joke please don’t take this so serious at least we as a nation not to fight because of any political party or any politician to be honest none of them till now has delivered for this nation.

            • Your hope is only in corrupt nawaz who ran away and is hiding in london. To revive your hope, a news of roti being 1 rupees less is enough

              • Your narrative is based on feeded narrative that NS is corrupt, but have you ever gone through hearing in courts. Did those who ran the campaign provided evidences, they didn’t. Judgement by a compromised accountability Court judge and by judges of supreme Court who are exposed by another ex judge. This game of establishment is clearly exposed except to a few like you, who make their mind just by reading headlines and like PTI leader IK if anyone whispers in his ears, he makes his mind.

  • WOW how a grave-worshipper and on top of that playboy can be named “Muslim of the year?” So end time predictions are coming true that, “Good will be shown as bad and Bad will be shown as good.”

  • اپنے محبوب لیڈر کی جنت میں ٹیکے لگوا کر جیتے رھو. دیکھ گردن گھما کر، تمھیں وہ سب نظر آئے گا جو پٹواریوں کو نظر نہیں آرھا، یہ جو عام عوام عمران اور اسکے وزیروں اور لانے والوں کو گالی دے رھی ھے یہ سب پٹواری ھی ھیں بس کھل کر بول نہیں رھے، یہ سب جاھل بھی ھیں کہ تمھاری طرح سب پی ایچ ڈی نہیں ھیں، انکی وہ سوچ اور نظر نہیں جس نظر سے تم عمران کو دیکھتے ھو، وہ نظر جس سے مراد سعید عمران کو دیکھتا ھے یا عمران اپنے رشتے دیکھتا ھے

    یاد رکھو پٹواریوں کی حکومت نے بڑا گند کیا ھوا تھا اب اسکو صاف کرنے میں بڑا وقت لگنا ھے، تو دس سال تو بنتے ھیں کہ عمران کو دیے جائیں کہ بائیس سال محنت بھی تو کی ھے کیا ھوا جو کبھی کاروبار اور نوکری نہیں کی، سیکھ جائے گا ھمارا کپتان، تب تک باجوہ کو ایکسٹنشن دیتے رھنا چاہیے لیکن ایک کچے سٹامپ پر اس سے حمایت کا وعدہ بھی لے لینا چاہیے، پکا تو اس نے دینا نہیں
    باقی وڈیوز اور میمز بنانا بند نہ کرنا کہ ھم. نے مخالفوں کے منہ ایسے ھی بند کرنے ھیں اور پاکستان کی ترقی بھی. کچھ نہ کچھ ھو ھی جانی ھے، نہ ھوئی تو پچھلوں پر ڈالتے رھیں گے ھم بھی اور تم

  • لکھنے والے نے پھر ڈنڈی مار دی،
    ھمیں یہ نہ بتا کہ وائرل کیسے ھوئی یہ بتا کہ یہ سب جھوٹ پھیلایا گیا اور اصل میں پہلے نمبر پر تقی عثمانی صاحب اور سولہویں نمبر پر عمران تھا وہ بھی دس ماہ پہلے کے میگزین شمارے میں.
    لیکن یوتھیاز نے ایسے ھی جھوٹ بول بول کر. کام. چلانا ھے لیکن پھر بھی یہ نہیں انکے مخالف جاھل ھیں اور کرپٹ ھیں

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