Imran Khan has made his fair share of factual errors during speeches since taking the Prime Minister's Office with the premier now sharing a quote belonging to famed writer Rabindranath Tagore for author Kahlil Jibran.
PM Imran spoke out via Twitter to nearly 10 million followers with a quote saying: "I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that life is all joy."
He then wrote that those who understand Jibran's words are able to live a life of contentment.
Those who discover and get to understand the wisdom of Gibran's words, cited below, get to live a life of contentment. pic.twitter.com/BdmIdqGxeL— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 19, 2019
Twitter users were quick to pounce on his mistake with the prime minister coming under heavy crtiticism with some claiming PM Imran should first employ fact checking before sharing posts.
With #Rabindranath Tagore soon becoming one of the top trends on the microblogging site.
If PM Imran is to be believed, Germany and Japan share a border
Others were not so kind saying he had simply just googled the quote and blindly shared it.
When asked to comment on the faux pas, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz remarked that the mistake is a manifestation of the the prime minister's incompetence.
"To copy something you even need some form of intelligence," she added.
This is what happens when you rely on quote websites to look smart instead of reading actual books. This was Tagore, not Gibran https://t.co/9axNe4uy3S— Vaqas Asghar (@vasghar) June 19, 2019
Get your facts right sir, read this !!! pic.twitter.com/L2cXEkgXMT— Dr. Saagar Anand (@saagar_anand) June 19, 2019
Former finance minister and PML-N leader Miftah Ismail also hit out at the prime minister saying that Tagore had said that charity begins at home.
"May I therefore humbly request you to also ask your Debt Commission to investigate your year and see why PTI has made a record increase in debt and deficit," he wrote.
Sir thank you for quoting, and not citing, Khalil Gibran! But as Rabindranath Tagore famously said “charity begins at home”. May I therefore humbly request you to also ask your Debt Commission to investigate your year and see why PTI has made a record increase in debt & deficit? https://t.co/0m0EXyPgzp— Miftah Ismail (@MiftahIsmail) June 19, 2019
This is the latest in a spate of faux pas for the prime minister as on April 23 he misspoke by mixing up France with Japan while giving an example of how the country set up joint industries in the border region to bolster economic ties with Germany.
“The more trade you have with each other your ties automatically become stronger… Germany and Japan killed millions of their civilians until after the Second World War when they both decided to have joint industries on their border regions,” he said while speaking at an event in Tehran.
Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the Pacific. Germany is in central Europe. They had the same location during the 2nd World War in which they were allies. But PM Imran thinks otherwise and says so before international audience. pic.twitter.com/aR45Y7T2bP— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) April 22, 2019
Even in December last year, he referred to Africa as an “emerging country” in a speech during the Envoys Conference on Economic Diplomacy.
"Africa is an emerging COUNTRY". Haters gonna hate but my kaptaan knows best, Africa is no continent 🌍😂 pic.twitter.com/TtY7rkW7GZ— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) December 29, 2018