PM admits misquoting Iqbal after social media ridicule | Pakistan Today

PM admits misquoting Iqbal after social media ridicule

Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Saturday added to his list of gaffes, including wrong facts, attributions and geographical misinformation by misquoting national poet and philosopher Allama Iqbal which he later corrected but not before social media users noticed.

Taking to micro-blogging website Twitter earlier today, the prime minister shared an apparent WhatsApp forward image to his nearly 12 million followers.

It may be noted here that WhatsApp is notorious for the spread of false and doctored information.

“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,” he tweeted along with the image.

Twitter users were quick to point out the mistake telling the premier to fact-check before posting anything on social media, with “Iqbal” becoming a top trend on Twitter in Pakistan.

Former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said that the quote was not from Iqbal or any of his book.

“Not every Whatsapp message is to be believed,” was the rejoinder from journalist Naila Inayat.

While citizens ridiculed the premier, Marvi Sirmed also joined in.

Journalist Hamid Mir, however, came to the rescue and pointed out that the poem was penned by Assad Maroof.

Social media user Salman Masood added that anyone acquainted with Iqbal’s work would know that the poem wasn’t among his works due to the style and diction used.

It may be mentioned here that the premier has claimed that Allama Iqbal has his favourite poet on numerous occasions.

After the backlash, he corrected himself saying he may have posted the wrong facts but wanted to express the same thing as the poem he posted.


  1. Bashir sayed said:

    Whiats new? he has been a PhD in Slandering and Lying, – A Pathological Lier, and a U-turn Masters, How long he will fool the Nation? Mr.International PlayBoy.
    May Allah save us from Munafiquns

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