Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was at the receiving end on Monday after a video surfaced in which the party leader made derogatory comments about international players who attended the Pakistan Super League (PSL) final in Lahore.
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In what seems to be an internal party meeting, Khan is seen branding international players who came for the PSL final as 'phateechar'.
"I don't even know the name of any of these so-called foreign players. It seems they just picked up players from wherever. Picked some from Africa and called them foreign players," said Khan.
Imran khan making fun of International cricketers in his Press conference according to Him WC winner Summay is :— irƒan (@iffiViews) March 6, 2017
The video quickly went viral on social media where the PTI chief was heavily censured for using 'vile' and 'racist' language against foreign players, such as Darren Sammy who helped make the event a success.
Here's how people reacted to the PTI chief's comments:
This is so vile and racist that I am thoroughly disappointed in Imran Khan. Genuinely respected his integrity. He is showing he has none. https://t.co/Wy5vLASUFv— Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) March 6, 2017
This 'Phateechar' player was able to win the hearts of millions of Pakistanis ... can some one please tell his name to Imran Khan. pic.twitter.com/pJyLirWaRy— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) March 6, 2017
Dude @ImranKhanPTI you just scored an own goal.— SIR .. (@SirJohnRoe) March 6, 2017
I think Imran khan is soon entering the Altaf Bhai league..PTI should soon make a "rabita committee" to clean all shit he utters when stoned— sherry (@CherieDamour_) March 6, 2017
Absolutely disgusting comments by Imran Khan regarding foreign players & even worse those trying to defend or spin it.— Osama. (@ashaqeens) March 6, 2017
Defending the score 59/all out is much easier than defending statements of Imran Khan. #PSL2017— Shiraz Hassan (@ShirazHassan) March 6, 2017
20 years ago, hell... 5 years ago, could you have imagined Imran Khan being incurably petty & Najam Sethi as the bigger man?— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) March 6, 2017
Minutes after Punjab government announced holding the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore on March 5, Khan opposed the decision, terming it “madness”.
"God forbid, if any blast takes place in Lahore, there will be no cricket in Pakistan in the next 10 years," he told a private news channel.
"This is madness considering the situation here" he said, referring to the series of bomb blasts which rocked Pakistan. "What's the point of holding the PSL final in Lahore? It isn't even an international match."
It's final. PSL final to be held in Lahore
The PTI leader added, "In my view, it is a terrible idea. We want to hold this match by calling in army and blocking roads and there will be high security. This will not send a good message.”
The decision to play the final fixture in the Punjab capital was put on a hold following a string of bomb blasts and suicide attacks hit the country, particularly Lahore, killing over 100 people.