Once Pakistan’s ‘Facebook PM’, is Imran Khan losing online electoral battle? | Pakistan Today

Once Pakistan’s ‘Facebook PM’, is Imran Khan losing online electoral battle?

The PTI wave that emerged right after the famous 2011 Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa had brought with it immense support for Imran Khan, at least on social media platforms. His Facebook and Twitter supporters had crowned him the prime minister even before the 2013 polls, but the results on ground told a very different story.

Although Nawaz Sharif became Pakistan’s PM after the 2013 general elections and the rivals cried foul, Imran Khan was mocked that his supporters were only limited to Facebook. Some had gone as far as to mock Imran as ‘Pakistan’s Facebook PM’.

In 2018, the situation seems different. There is a list of journalists, social media teams and general users who are on a tirade of anti-Imran sentiments. They argue with many reasons, the foremost being the alleged support he receives from the state’s institutions, including army and judiciary.

We have come across a number of news stories on local and international media platforms claiming PTI is backed by the armed forces. Imran’s political rivals say the institutions are involved in pre-poll rigging that would benefit the PTI.

Article on Al Jazeera.

Article on The Times

And then, there are those who maintain that Imran is not the best candidate for premiership. Videos have emerged on social media which show the PTI chief ‘misbehaving’ with his candidates and workers.

Not to mention how Imran casually adds ‘Oye’ prefix when calling out his opponents. Before Nawaz’s arrival to Lahore airport, Imran had compared the people who would go to welcome him with donkeys.

Plus, his somewhat controversial personal life has also caused woes during the electioneering. An autobiography of Reham Khan, his second wife now divorced, largely focuses on Imran’s ‘scandalous’ past and present.

Despite all opposition, Imran and his followers are confident that he’ll be the next prime minister of Pakistan.



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