Since the advent of Naya Pakistan, PM Imran Khan has been getting several congratulatory calls and messages from prominent people and leaders all over the world.
British Prime Minister Theresa May was one such individual.
Pleased to talk to @ImranKhanPTI, Prime Minister of Pakistan. The UK and Pakistan share deep and important links. There is plenty for our two countries to work together on, not least increasing bilateral trade and mutual security issues.
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) August 18, 2018
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena also congratulated Imran Khan and was confident that Khan’s leadership would help “steer Pakistan towards peace, prosperity, and sustainability.”
Congratulations, @ImranKhanPTI on your election to office of the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I am confident that your leadership will help steer Pakistan towards peace, prosperity and sustainability, as relations between our two countries grow further.
— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) August 18, 2018
Other than that Canadian prime minister Justin Treadeu, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and several others congratulated Imran Khan on his victory.
Recently, Imran Khan apparently received a call from the French president – Emmanuel Macron – which he did not answer due to his pressing official engagements.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the foreign office team were present when the call was received from the French president’s office, but Prime Minister Imran Khan told the team that he was busy and can’t talk.
The meeting was held with TV anchors and senior journalists.
In his recent tweet, Hamid Mir, who was present then, also stated that Imran Khan did not attend the call.
New Pakistan.French President @EmmanuelMacron called Prime Minister of Pakistan @ImranKhanPTI today but he was busy in a meeting with journalists including me Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua wanted PM to attend the call but PM said I am busy here tell them to call in 30 minutes
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) August 31, 2018
People were quick to respond to this little incident.
Imran Khan refusing to take Emmanuel Macron's phone is an anecdote youthias can tell their grand kids. Some day.
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) August 31, 2018
— Raza Haroon (@mrazaharoon) August 31, 2018
Jokes bhi crack hui.
Mayeb he was waiting for some istikhara by First Lady before taking the call. Okay sorry 😜😜😜😜
— Hassan Khokhar (@KHassan80) September 1, 2018
Some people weren’t too happy about it.
Hope You will understand
— ᴍᴜɢʜᴇᴇꜱ ᴍᴀʟɪᴋ (@MugheesMalick) September 1, 2018
And Saad Rafique didn’t back down either.
why french president was given such time frm GOP concerned authority whn pak pm was already in a scheduled meeting wth journalists .. ill mannered ir responsible n un diplomatic behaviour
— Khawaja Saad Rafique (@KhSaad_Rafique) August 31, 2018
Although he was brutally trolled for his remark.
Chalen shukr karen Khuwaja sahib ap k party ko esi calls ni ati thn warna ap log to parchi dhondany Main he 30 minutes lga dety kh bolna kya h 😂😂😂
— ϧϦλκεει ϻλιίκ (@shakeel9301196) August 31, 2018
And of course, memes toh zaroori hain
The French President Emmanuel Macron
called Imran Khan
— ARMAN KHOKHER🇵🇰 (@arman_khokher) September 1, 2018
Soon, “Emmanuel Macron” tweeted that he does not mind Imran Khan not attending his call.
Prime Minister of pakistan Imran Khan did not attend my phone whose i don't mind If I had Imran Khan's place then I would do it too.
I know that Imran Khan's shoulders have a huge responsibility.
My good wishes are with Imran Khan.😊
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacr) September 1, 2018
It was a fake account created by someone but umm.. people actually started believing it.
Thank you Sir for your kind words for our beloved Prime Minister. You are absolutely correct as he is inundated with urgent responsibilities.I’m sure he’ll reply 2 you at his earliest convenience! Pakistan appreciates your kind gesture! God Bless! @ImranKhanPTI @FaisalJavedKhan
— Sadia Nawaz (@SadiaNawaz_aa) September 1, 2018
Thanks for understanding . We have some paid tout type journalist like Mr Hamid Mir @HamidMirPAK @mubasherlucman who loves to create misunderstandings and get benefit from their bosses. Imran Khan is great hope for us and we will support him all the way to get Pakistan moving .
— Ahsan Raza (@ahsanra41707960) September 1, 2018
Waiting for the PM to reply to the fake account.
Inshallah Pakistan PM will reply you very positively.
— Ch Moeen Zafar (@ChMoeenZafar) September 1, 2018
Some did figure out that it was a fake account
You know that thing about malnutrition and stunted brains? Proof is in the replies to this obviously fake account's tweets. We have a serious problem here. https://t.co/BSaLIhpP2X
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) September 1, 2018
And after that, they started putting their blame elsewhere.
I can’t believe I got duped. PTI social media team should be ashamed of themselves for making up fake accounts. I suppose this is how the country is going to be run. https://t.co/NgiYmLcuMC
— Yasser Latif Hamdani (@theRealYLH) September 1, 2018
Someone now needs to make a fake Imran Khan twitter account to have a conversation with the fake Emmanuel Macron twitter account.
— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) September 1, 2018
And soon enough, “Imran Khan” replied to “Emmanuel”. Doesn’t get any more hilarious than this
Sorry I could not call you back bro, call rates for France very expensive and we are observing austerity. Send me your whatsapp number. Thanks for understanding https://t.co/BF2DIVdlSN
— Imran Khan (@DummyPM) September 1, 2018
This whole little incident has been taken too far – and some people are worried about the bad reputation Pakistan will get from it.
This information should not be twitted. Sounds disrespectful towards France.
— Hassaan Niazi (@HniaziISF) August 31, 2018
@EmmanuelMacron is respectable for us, French Pakistan relations had been exemplary in the past. Hopefully we would continue this marvellous friendship between two countries. Big hearts know to avoid patty issues !
— Dr. Hassan Bhatti (@PTIHawk) August 31, 2018
Let us know what you think about this whole incident in the comments below!
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