Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Pakistan PM Imran Khan Unfollows Everyone On Twitter & Netizens Go Berserk In Speculations

The ninth most-followed leader on Twitter with over 12 million followers, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, does not follow anyone on the microblogging site.

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Khan has unfollowed all the 12 Twitter accounts that he was following earlier. The PM used to follow Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari, Planning Minister Asad Umar, estranged PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen, and late Naeemul Haque, according to news website The Current.

He was also following organizations that he had founded, i.e. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Namal University. Even after parting ways with his first wife and getting married after the divorce, he was following ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith on Twitter. It’s hard to figure out what made Khan change his mind and stopped following the 12 accounts but members of the Twitterati have their own take as they trolled the prime minister.

They are asking: “Khan sahab, what is this behavior?” or “Khan sab ab bare bande hogae hain (Khan is a big man now)”. Some mocked him for taking the celebrity feel by unfollowing everyone.

Some netizens are speculating that Khan is following in Nawaz Sharif’s footsteps. He probably stumbled upon Sharif’s timeline, saw he is not following anyone, and decided to copy him by unfollowing the accounts he was following.

There are some Pakistani netizens who are also encouraging his 12.9 million followers to unfollow him on the social media platform to make him feel what it feels like to be unfollowed. He is also being called a “narcissist” for such behavior.

Mocking the Prime Minister, a Twitter user said that maybe he is now shutting Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube in Pakistan.

But Pakistani netizens are left heart-broken on Khan unfollowing his ex-wife Jemima Goldsmith. They are surprised that Khan unfollowed her. She was called a gem of a person who shouldn’t be unfollowed. Jemima continues to enjoy popularity among Pakistanis.

The British TV, film and documentary producer was a journalist when she married Khan, then a cricketer, in 1995.

She had converted to Islam a few months before marrying Khan and shifted to his hometown Lahore. In order to be accepted into the “new and radically different culture” of Pakistan, as she wrote in an article in The Times in 2008, she learned Urdu and wore traditional Pakistani clothes. They have two sons and parted ways in 2010 in a peaceful manner.

A Twitter user expressed his disappointment over Khan’s move to unfollow his ex-wife. He said, “unfollow whoever you want but how could you unfollow Jemima?”

On his Instagram profile, Khan only follows two accounts – including the verified accounts of the ruling PTI and the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC).

In the past, Khan had unfollowed journalist Hamid Mir, presumably due to the criticism of his government by the anchor and his news channel.

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