Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson, Imran Khan had a good few days on the legal front. First, he was acquitted on corruption charges by the Supreme Court and yesterday his pre-arrest bail application was approved by an Anti-terror Court (ATC).
Clearly, unable to contain his excitement, Khan sent out a tweet that literally made every twitterati in Pakistan stop and do a double take.
The (now famous) tweet started with the tagline from the Bollywood film, “My name is Khan,” and ended with a badass line that looks like something right out of Tupac Shakur’s, “Thug Life.”
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Khan’s tweet was nothing like what one expects from his feed in terms of the choice of words and phrases. It read, “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist. Moreover, the SC has pronounced me Sadiq and Ameen and I am coming after them crooks!”
My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist. Moreover, the SC has pronounced me Sadiq and Ameen and I am coming after them crooks!
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 2, 2018
As soon as the tweet was out, there was literally an avalanche of responses coming from friends, fans and foes.
There were the usual PTI jiyalas who couldn’t stop gushing over their beloved Imran Khan.
Your name is Khan and you are a HOPE of millions 😊
— Anwar Lodhi (@AnwarLodhi) January 2, 2018
Great Khan sab Love You !! 😍😍😃😃❤❤❤
— Usama Insafi (@iam_usamainsafi) January 2, 2018
2018 کا بہترین آغاز بہترین ٹویٹ ۔۔۔۔۔جاتی عمرہ سے شاہی امراء تک دھواں ہی دھواں
— Farzana (@Farzana722) January 2, 2018
Then there were of course those who couldn’t pass this opportunity to take digs at the former cricketer turned politician. Leading the pack were famous journalists.
Correction: My name is Khan as well as Sadiq and Amin. But you can call me Batman. pic.twitter.com/Z3pwXGWyu9
— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) January 2, 2018
My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist but I am a terror apologist and i am coming after them haram crooks: the haram ones, it’s Halal if u r a crook & in PTI & fund me; offshores, loan write offs, nepotism, hereditary politics r Halal if u r in my laundering machine called PTI pic.twitter.com/wTcCK92jti
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) January 2, 2018
My name is Khan and I don’t know why I am writing this …
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) January 2, 2018
The life and soul of Pakistani social media – the meme-makers and joke-crackers – had a field with Imran Khan’s, “My Name is Khan” tweet!
Dentist : Mouh kholo
Imran khan : my name is khan and I am not terrorist..
Dentist : ok band he rakho..
— سونیا (@MissAdrenaline_) January 2, 2018
However, the one response that caught almost as much attention as Imran Khan’s tweet belonged to his arch rival, Maryam Nawaz. Breaking the unsaid code of conduct that dictates how senior leaders of political parties communicate, the PML-N scion sent out a scathing one-liner that left many shocked.
My name is Khan and I am a STOOGE. https://t.co/ynhVFMAxxI
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) January 2, 2018
With the general elections only a few months away, it seems all bets are off. Senior politicians will be seen spitting undiluted venom on each other for the rest of the year, encouraging their followers to join in.
So, whether you’re a PTI lover or a PML-N loyalist, the important thing to remember is that there’s really no point in fighting among ourselves. Let the rich and powerful create and clean their own mess. Stay respectful, stay positive and enjoy the show!