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Imran Khan wrongly attributes lines from poem to Pakistan’s national poet Allama Iqbal

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Making misquoting poets an annual tradition, Imran Khan on Saturday wrongly attributed a poem to renowned poet Muhammad Iqbal, who is also the national poet of Pakistan. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File photo: Reuters)Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is back yet again with ammunition for trolls. Making misquoting poets an annual tradition, Imran Khan…

Making misquoting poets an annual tradition, Imran Khan on Saturday wrongly attributed a poem to renowned poet Muhammad Iqbal, who is also the national poet of Pakistan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File photo: Reuters)

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is back yet again with ammunition for trolls. Making misquoting poets an annual tradition, Imran Khan on Saturday wrongly attributed a poem to renowned poet Muhammad Iqbal, who is also the national poet of Pakistan.

Tweeting a couplet, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the poem by “Iqbal” reflects how he tries to lead his life. Khan went ahead and also urged the youth to “understand and absorb” the poem by the “great Iqbal”.

“This poem by Iqbal reflects how I try to lead my life. I urge our youth to understand and absorb the poem of the great Iqbal and I guarantee them that it will release their great God-given potential that we all possess as his greatest creation Ashraf ul Mukhluqat,” Imran Khan tweeted.

This poem by Iqbal reflects how I try to lead my life. I urge our youth to understand and absorb the poem of the great Iqbal and I guarantee them that it will release their great God-given potential that we all possess as His greatest creation Ashraf ul Mukhluqat. pic.twitter.com/oyxkTlMrdc

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 6, 2020

However, moments later, the Pakistani PM realised his goof-up and put out another tweet clarifying that the lines he tweeted are in fact not from a poem by Muhammad Iqbal.

“I stand corrected – this is not Allama Iqbal’s poem but the message conveyed is what I have stood by and tried to follow and if our youth absorbs this message it will release their great God-given potential that all of us possess as His greatest creation Ashraf ul Mukhluqat,” Imran Khan said.

I stand corrected – this is not Allama Iqbal’s poem but the message conveyed is what I have stood by and tried to follow and if our youth absorbs this message it will release their great God- given potential that all of us possess as His greatest creation Ashraf ul Mukhluqat. https://t.co/SvDVrakc5d

— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 6, 2020

This is not the first time that Imran Khan has made such a blunder.

Last year, Imran Khan was mercilessly trolled for wrongly attributing a famous quote of Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore to Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s knowledge of geography also came under scanner when he said that Germany, situated in Central Europe, shares a border with Japan, an island nation in East Asia.

The faux pas happened when the Pakistan PM was advocating the necessity of promoting trade between the two countries to ensure peace in a speech last year.

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