On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan silenced a man in Dushanbe who recited critical poetry during a business conference.
A man started reciting poetry criticizing his policies during the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum conference. PM Imran Khan interrupted the man and asked him to discuss the business as he will listen to poetry some other time.
The incident happened during the Question and Answer session. “I have a verse for you, [which goes like] Itne zaalim na bano [don’t be cruel]. Imran bhai, this is for you,” said the Pakistani man in the audience, when handed the microphone.
کون ہے یہ گستاخ؟
ایک تو شعر بے مروتی پہ پڑھا اور ساتھ میں یہ بھی کہ دیا کہ “ عمران بھائ اپ تو اب قیدی ہو گئے ہیں۰۰۰ کن لوگوں کے چکر میں آگئے”
ایک مصرع ہمیں بھی یاد آ گیا @i_m_nbc
اتنے مانوس صیاد سے ہو گئے، اب رہائی ملے گی تو مر جائیں گے pic.twitter.com/ciTrkxfole
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) September 17, 2021
“You have become a prisoner now. You used to be great when you were [protesting] on the container. Right now, we aren’t sure what you’ve gotten yourself involved in,” said the man.
“Please speak about matters related to business. We can make time for poetry later as well, Insha’Allah,” said the prime minister.
PM Khan’s visit to Dushanbe
Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on Thursday, to represent the country at the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) Summit.
Tajikistan Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda received the Prime Minister at Dushanbe International Airport.
A high-level ministerial delegation including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, and National Security Adviser Dr. Moeed Yusuf accompanied the prime minister.
The visit of PM Imran Khan is taking place at the invitation of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon on September 16-17.
This is the third visit of the Prime Minister to Central Asia, undermining Pakistan’s enhanced engagement with the region.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain giving details about the visit said it would prove a milestone in line with the government’s Vision Central Asia, aimed at promoting regional connectivity.