Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan last night committed an embarrassing gaffe, as he referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘President’ during his maiden address to the UN General Assembly in New York.
As Khan continued his anti-India rhetoric in his speech that exceeded beyond the stipulated time-limit of between 15-20 minutes, the cricketer-turned-politician referred to his Indian counterpart as “President Modi”.
This is not the first time that Khan goofed up. During his visit to Iran earlier this year, Khan made a faux pas and said that Germany and Japan “shared a border”, while speaking on boosting trade ties, when he actually wanted to refer to the “border region” of Germany and France. The comments drew massive flak from netizens on social media.
Out of the 50-minutes that he spoke from the podium of the UN General Assembly hall, half of his speech was on India and Kashmir, drumming up a hysteria about a nuclear war. Khan said billions of Muslims were living as minorities in the western countries and since 9/11 attacks Islamophobia had grown at an “alarming” pace.
“Islamophobia is creating divisions, hijab is becoming a weapon; a woman can take off clothes but she can’t put on more clothes. It started after 9/11 and it started because certain western leaders equated Islam with terrorism,” he said.
Khan questioned the use of the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, saying there is only one Islam. “There is no such thing as radical Islam,” he said, pointing out that all religions have individuals carrying out radical acts. “The basis of all religions is compassion and justice which differentiates us from the animal kingdom,” he said.