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PM Imran Misquotes Iqbal, Admits Mistake After Social Media Backlash


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Another addition has come to PM Imran’s list of factual errors in the form of a recent tweet he made. On Saturday, the Prime Minister took to twitter to share ‘a beautiful poem’ which reflects how he tries to lead his life. In the tweet, Mr. Imran urged the country’s youth to ‘understand and absorb’ the poem to realize their true potential as God’s Ashraf ul Mukhluqat. According to the post, the poem was written by Pakistan’s National Poet i.e. Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Though, people were quick to point out the PM’s mistake and bombarded him with harsh criticism and ridicules. As noted by a user and Hamid Mir, the poem was originally written by Syed Asad Maroof. Critics told Mr. Khan to fact check things before posting and said to ‘not believe in everything he sees on Whatsapp’. Former Pakistani US Ambassador – Husain Haqqani – was also one of the criticizers. He quoted the PM’s tweet and said that the poem posted by him is not in any of Iqbal’s book and was most probably randomly lifted from the internet. He, along with many others, also criticized Mr. Imran for not recognizing his ‘supposed’ favorite poet’s works.

There were others who jumped on the bandwagon and took this moment to point out the premier’s mistake of the same nature in the past as well.

PM Khan Was Quick To Admit His Mistake

After the hell of social media backlash that he received, PM Khan was very quick to admit and rectify his mistake. The Prime Minister later on corrected his mistake, making the point that despite it not being Iqbal’s poem, the message still stands. He said;

“I stand corrected – this is not Allama Iqbal’s poem but the message conveyed is what I have stood by and tried to follow and if our youth absorbs this message it will release their great God- given potential that all of us possess as His greatest creation Ashraf ul Mukhluqat”.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. PM Imran has gotten backlash in the past for wrongly crediting a quote as well as getting countries mixed up.

What are your thoughts on this? Tell us whether you think the criticism is justified or overblown in the comments below!

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