As soon as someone emerges as a prominent philanthropist in these parts, the Pakistani public assumes that is laying down the groundwork to join politics. Recently, British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan had to come forward and answer questions regarding whether he considering a career in politics.
The story goes that Amir, who has also launched his charity the Amir Khan Foundation, was even offered a seat at the political table. However, he says that he had to turn down the offer.
The sportsman is more intent on helping society through his charitable organization. Amir Khan tweeted how he doesn’t want to join politics because he’s content with current Prime Minister Imran Khan at the helm. Quite a diplomatic answer, we say!
Talked to my advisory team, I will decline the offer to join Pakistan politics. The country is run by an amazing PM @ImranKhanPTI and we all have trust in him. I prefer continuing my charity work @AKFoundation in UK, Pakistan and rest of the world to make areas better and safer
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) October 22, 2020
Social media responds to Amir Khan
Of course, people had mixed reactions to the move. Some thought it was smart, while others thought it was funny.
This guy is like a parody account 😂😂😂 https://t.co/EoMjswKYZy
— Assan Shaukat (@Assan88) October 22, 2020
Good decision https://t.co/d18KQ1TsRL
— Maximus (@maximus__21) October 22, 2020
— Sameer Asif (@imSaMjutt) October 22, 2020
Great Punch In the Faces of PDM by International Overseas Sportsman https://t.co/QA9jRLhBGE
— Bilawal Rind (@BilawalRind1) October 22, 2020
— Rao Muhammad Iftikhar (@RaoMuhammad0928) October 22, 2020
Of course, there were some nasty comments as well:
Wasn’t born in Pakistan, doesnt live in Pakistan, doesnt pay taxes in Pakistan…but spends the better part of his day sucking up to Imran Khan.
You’ll have to give up your British citizenship to enter Pakistani politics sonny boy. Don’t think you have the spine for it. https://t.co/PMBDxpMhMj
— واپستانی طنزیہ کار (@TheTanziaKaar) October 22, 2020
You’ve gotta admit it. Some of these reactions are kinda funny.
Talked to my advisory team, I will decline the offer to exist anymore. https://t.co/ufJXoYuhGk
— hairaan pareshan do kilo naan (@mahobili) October 22, 2020
— Rizwan K Qalandar (@qalandarkriz) October 22, 2020
Advisory team advised well. https://t.co/Z0GEhRlCwC
— Shakir Husain (@shakirhusain) October 22, 2020
Talked to my advisory team, I will decline the offer to become Pakistan’s Prime Minister. I prefer continuing to Tweet and making people’s timelines better and brighter https://t.co/WEcGGFpH19
— Mirza Moiz Baig (@MoizBaig26) October 22, 2020
Social workers and philanthropists, such as Andleeb Abbas and Fixit’s Alamgir joined politics on the premise of their activism. However, do you think it is necessary that philanthropic efforts lead to a political career? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.