Prime Minister Imran Khan Receives Historic Welcome At Capital One Arena
Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan addressed a gathering of over 30,000 Pakistani expatriates in Washington DC.
The event, which was streamed live on news channels and social media, was viewed by millions across the US and back home.
— Tehreek-e-Insaf (@InsafPK) July 21, 2019
The prime minister’s address was quite distinctive because previous Pakistani leaders used to address the expatriates in community halls or closed-door rooms at hotels.
The turnout was reminiscent of the amazing love and support the Prime Minister continues to receive from Pakistani expatriates.
No Matter What Happens, Opposition Will Have To Return The Money: Imran Khan
At his rally at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC, the PM said no matter what happens, the opposition will have to return the money they stole from the country.
He said that Fazlur Rehman, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the PML-N have joined hands and they have just one goal: hearing me say those three letters, N R O.
These people are trying to exert foreign pressure in the hopes of getting an NRO, he said. You can get together, hold rallies, I’ll provide the containers, he said.
In four to six months we’ll be out of this difficult time, he promised the packed arena. But he warned that all traders would have to be registered and pay taxes.
If everyone pays their taxes, paying back Pakistan’s debts wont be difficult, he added.
Nawaz Sharif Will Not Get Luxuries In Jail
Nawaz Sharif asks for food, an air conditioner and TV facilities in jail, said PM Khan. About 80% of Pakistan doesn’t have an AC and 70% doesn’t have a TV, he said. Half the public would gladly go to jail if they got these facilities, he said.
If you get everything in jail then where’s the punishment, he asked. “When I go back to Pakistan, I am ending these facilities,” he promised. Maryam Bibi will make a lot of noise but there’s a simple way to get out of jail, he said. “Give back the money.”
He said Asif Zardari goes to jail and then straight to the hospital. Now we’ll keep Zardari in jail but without the air conditioner or TV, he vowed. It’s very easy to get out of jail, give the money back, he reiterated. One of PM Khan’s campaign promises was to get Pakistan’s stolen money back.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 21, 2019
Imran Khan Makes Fun Of Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif
The prime minister poked fun at his predecessor Nawaz Sharif for looking at notes while speaking to foreign leaders. “When I meet President Trump, what should we discuss? I’ll pull out notes from my pocket while talking to him,” he said.
He also said that when he said, years ago, that there was no military solution in Afghanistan, everyone bashed him. They called me Taliban Khan and terrorist and God knows what else, he said. Today, God is great and everyone says that there is no military solution to the conflict, PM Khan said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said they haven’t come to America with a begging bowl in their hands. We will meet them with our heads held high, he said.
Imran Khan has brought the model of Naya Pakistan to present to President Trump, he said, adding that they will be inviting the US to invest in the Kartarpur Corridor and CPEC. We want peace and prosperity in Pakistan, he added.
Social Media Reaction
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) July 21, 2019
For all those who doubted, your criticism just kept charging me up. #OverseasPakistanis 🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰 are the best kept secret yet .. out of words to Thankyou !#PMIKJalsaInUSA#PMIKInUSA pic.twitter.com/N5dv7Owqi0
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) July 21, 2019
— Imran khan (@imranmerejan1) July 22, 2019
— Anila Khawaja (@anilakhawaja) July 22, 2019
— Sadia (@SadiaShabir9) July 22, 2019
Felt proud of the massive turn out at Washington DC arena for Pakistan Prime Minister and for Pakistan. Clearly Imran Khan is still the best Pakistan brand world over. 👏👏👏
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 21, 2019
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) July 21, 2019
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) July 22, 2019
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) July 21, 2019
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) July 21, 2019
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