By now everyone is aware of a recent picture of Prime Minister Imran Khan reading a book on his flight to Jeddah. And we’ve got questions about the whole thing!
Just like Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi can’t resist having a peek at what PM Imran Khan is reading, the viral picture has the twitterverse buzzing with curiosity and questions. What literary curiosity has got Kaptaan engrossed this time?
This is What Imran Khan is Reading
But now people know. It is the recently trending ‘The Anarchy’ by William Dalrymple.
In fact, it was a cheeky tweet from the well-known Scottish writer and historian of that very book that answered everyone’s question.
Some guy in a salvar kemise reading the Anarchy… https://t.co/nj7n2hvxLm
— William Dalrymple (@DalrympleWill) September 28, 2019
The book serves up a history lesson about the rise of the East India Company and the various issues and problems faced by countries that are controlled by a corporation.
Dalrymple has written many books based on the Subcontinent.
As expected, the picture of “some guy in salvar kemise” received mixed reactions on Twitter
Some praised Khan Saab’s choice of reading material:
That man in ' salvar kemise ' seems so familiar . Must be an extremely intelligent man , reading a book by #willamdalrymple 🙆♂️
— naureen nizami (@NizamiNaureen) September 28, 2019
People patted Dalrymple on the back for his book which got the Kaptaan’s interest:
Ask your publisher to be ready, soon the demand will be sky high due to this pic of the one wearing 'Salvar Kamis'.
— PAKonTrack (@RNaumanKhalid) September 28, 2019
True to their nature, some neighboring tweeps took the opportunity to troll the Pakistani Prime Minister:
Because his country is in anarchy. Looking for advice to save himself !!
— Shantanu Dutta 🇮🇳 (@shandutta) September 29, 2019
10001 ways of self destruction
— aseem kalia (@KaliaAseem) September 29, 2019
Others felt like someone should give the Foreign Minister an extra copy:
Buy one, read one free? Someone should present a copy to Shah Mahmood Qureshi!
— Om Thanvi (@omthanvi) September 29, 2019
For most, PM Imran Khan’s reading choice should not come as a surprise, considering that the book in question is about a British trading company that looted the wealth and resources of the Subcontinent. And it is no coincidence that the Prime Minister’s heartfelt speech at the UN General Assembly pointed out the issue of Western corporations exploiting developing nations such as Pakistan and investing in only rich countries.
So how many of you are ordering a copy of this book? Let us know in the comments below!