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PTI accuses media of twisting Imran Khan’s words in interview with FT

Imran Khan's recent interview with Financial Times caused quite a controversy. In the interview, Imran Khan talked about Pakistan's relations with the US.

PTI is accusing the local media of twisting Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent interview with Financial Times. PTI leaders have taken to social media to criticize Pakistani media for allegedly misquoting Imran Khan.

Imran Khan’s interview with Financial Times caused quite a controversy. In the interview, Imran Khan talked about Pakistan’s relations with the US. He said that he desires “dignified” ties with the US and has always been against the US using Pakistan as a “slave”.

“Our relationship with the US has been as of a master-servant relationship, or a master-slave relationship, and we’ve been used like a hired gun. But for that, I blame my own governments more than the US,” Imran Khan said in the interview.

Imran Khan also expressed his readiness to mend ties with the US.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s over, it’s behind me. The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relationships with everyone, especially the United States,” Imran Khan also said. Needless to say, this statement caused quite a storm in Pakistan as Imran Khan had previously accused the US of conspiring to remove him from power in April. The statement was taken as an apparent “U-turn”.

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif lashed out at Imran Khan in a post on Twitter on Monday evening, saying his predecessor’s interview with the Financial Times was a “reminder of vicious role he played to harm Pakistan’s external relations.”

“Niazi’s interview with FT in which he rebutted his foreign conspiracy theory is a reminder of the vicious role he played to harm Pakistan’s external relations while pursuing his own petty politics. Nation shocked by his deceit and treachery inflicting irreparable damage on Pakistan,” Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.

PTI defends Imran Khan

Following the interview which made headlines in Pakistan, PTI immediately rushed to defend Chairman Imran Khan. PTI leaders called out local media houses for misquoting Imran Khan.

“What was said and what was reported are two different things! Sadly, some twisted minds keep trying to spin things, but end up eating their own words when the truth is unveiled! Some never learn and some don’t want to learn,” PTI’s Ali Haider Zaidi tweeted.

PTI leader and former federal minister Shireen Mazari, while hitting back at PM Shehbaz said that he did not understand the Financial Times interview.

Former SAPM Dr. Shahbaz Gill accused the media of lying and called twisting statements, manufacturing lies, and misrepresentation their mission statement.

Similarly, former Energy Minister Hammad Azhar also lashed out at the media for misquoting Imran Khan.

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“Headline twisting and angling have taken extreme forms in Pakistan these days. Domestic arm-twisting, strong editorial prejudices and international aid flows to media outlets in Pakistan combine to create ridiculous headlines,” Hammad Azhar said.

Later, Imran Khan himself released a video statement where he alleged that a “propaganda cell which feeds to those journalists which are in their [government’s] pockets. Whenever I give an interview, they are told to specifically pick particular parts from it, and share it without context.”