Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan interrupted a poet criticizing his policies after addressing the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum in the Tajik capital Dushanbe to attract foreign investment. According to media reports, during the question-and-answer session on Thursday, a person started reciting a poem critical of the Prime Minister.
“I have a poem for you, (which is as follows) ‘Itne zalim na bano’ (Don’t be so unjust. Imran Bhai, this is for you,” said the Pakistani man in the audience, when turned to the microphone. Gone is, “You’re a prisoner now. You used to be great when you used to (protest) on the container. Right now, we’re not sure what you’ve got yourself involved in.”
Before it was hacked, the man used to recite a part of the poem “Zalim na banoon, kuch toh muravavat…”. First, the state-run Pakistan Television cut his poem and then Khan also interrupted it. The Prime Minister said, “Please talk about business-related matters. We can also find time for poetry later.”
Khan is currently in Tajikistan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Council of Heads of State 2021 and is accompanied by a high-level delegation including representatives from 67 companies from a range of sectors including textiles, minerals, pharmaceuticals, logistics and others.