Earlier this week, BBC correspondent John Simpson held an interview with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
And though most of the interview went well and shed light on important topics such as militant groups in the nation as well as touching on the case of Asia Bibi, the part that garnered the most attention was a clip of the interview, right at the end.
At the end of the interview, Simpson stated that he was told that the Officer following behind Imran was in possession of his briefcase, that held the codes to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.
As you can imagine, this caused quite a bit of chaos on social media.
"Officer carrying briefcase that holds Pakistan's nuclear codes."
Wait, what? 😳 pic.twitter.com/NXQSZl4zOg
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) April 10, 2019
“I am told” 😳 Is this recent?
— Manak Gupta (@manakgupta) April 10, 2019
People were amused as well as terrified that such an important secret was revealed globally.
Even though, it was obviously not likely that the actual codes to our nuclear weapons were just put into a suitcase and then talked about on a major news network.
It’s a Ballistic Protection brief case Carried by security Agents of many Head of states &VVIPs.
God forbidden if he Imran Khan 🐒 ever gets the Nuclear codes . pic.twitter.com/0f3k47pHaX
— Ali Axhar 📎 (@ali_axhar) April 10, 2019
It’s a retractable bulletproof shield. PM’s guard (in the suit) carries it in case he comes under attack.
— Haider K Abbasi (@HaiderKAbbasi) April 10, 2019
People didn’t really believe it and one person specifically had something to say about it. Yep. That’s right,
Reham Khan dissed Imran Khan and the BBC for suggesting that the codes were even trusted to Imran in the first place.
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) April 10, 2019
She couldn’t help herself, could she?
And as you may have guessed, she almost immediately got hate for it.
Sir @JohnSimpsonNews Reham Khan, has gone mad since she got divorced from Imran. She lies about everything daily & people of Pakistan consider her as sick, cos of her lies. People strongly believe that RK has received money from main opp party PmlN to speak against Pak Govt
— Shah (@Shah41756540) April 11, 2019
I hope Sneezing is not allowed in UK, we are best Nation as we know how openly to sneeze, cough and spit. This is our domain. So don’t disturb ur mind, this sneeze will not harm you😎😉🤭
— Naurin Fatima (@naurin_fatima) April 11, 2019
Why do u hate him so much.?
I thought u should be over buy now.
Might to see a marriage counselor.
— J.K (@Krum12) April 11, 2019
Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but like damn. Sneeze without consent? That’s a little harsh, completely irrelevant and just weird.
Of course, she wasn’t the only one to criticize. Enter Shireen Mazari!
Is the @BBC really that ignorant or was it delib disinformation: saying that the man carrying black suitcase behind PM was carrying nuclear codes! Either way it's irresponsible as its factually incorrect! A public correction shd have come by now for this fake news by BBC!
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) April 11, 2019
Mazari has never been known to keep her opinions to herself however to be fair, she did actually make some sense. There is a reason why it is illegal to scream ‘fire’ in a crowded place. Spreading information and supposedly very sensitive information like that is a recipe for disaster and public alarm.
Not only are you bringing attention to the briefcase but an even higher threat alert to the Prime Minister as well as his security team, whether the codes are actually on him or not.
Regardless of briefcase-gate, the interview itself did well and day by day, it seems as though Imran’s public speaking and interview skills have been improving for the better. Let’s just hope that this will continue through the course of Khan’s Prime Minister-ship.
Have you seen Reham’s remarks? Shireen’s? Let us know what you think in the comments below! Love you.
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