On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan faced an awkward scenario at the Pakistan-Tajikistan Business Forum held in the Tajik capital.
He was addressing the forum to attract foreign investment when he came face-to-face with a poet as the latter took the mic to criticise Khan’s policies.
During the Q&A session, the man started reciting poetry of critical nature in front of the Prime Minister.
“I have a verse for you, don’t be unjust. Imran Bhai, this is for you,” said the man in the audience, when he was handed the microphone.
Adding on, he said, “You have become a prisoner now. When you were on the container, you used to be great. Right now, I am not sure what matters have you gotten yourself involved in”.
The man was cut off by the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV). When the transmission got back, the Prime Minister had interrupted him.
“It is a business forum, and we should be talking about business. If time remains, we will revert to poetry for sure, Insha’Allah,” said Khan.
The Prime Minister is currently in Tajikistan to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State and is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes the representatives of 67 companies from various sectors, including mineral, pharmaceutical, textile, logistics and others.
The forum was hosted by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention that more than 150 Tajik companies took part in the event.
Speaking at the Pakistan-Tajikistan Joint Business Forum, PM Imran Khan said his government was on the course of incentivizing and aiding its business sector through different measures.
Khan, accompanied by Commerce Advisor Abdul Razzak Dawood, praised Tajikistan’s cheap and clean energy, specifically hydroelectricity, saying, “We have, unfortunately, very expensive electricity in Pakistan.”