LONDON: Imran Khan has got himself into a new controversy after calling foreign players of Pakistan Super League (PSL) “phateechar” (decrepit). In a video shared yesterday, Khan can be seen with his party leadership commenting on the PSL final in Lahore. “PCB gathered average players who could have come to Pakistan any way, if offered good money,” he said. “There were no top foreign players as they left before the final. Nobody knew the foreign players roped in by PCB. I hadn’t even heard of their names,” he added. Following this latest statement, social media users reacted strongly and slammed Imran Khan’s comment on foreign players. Khan is also heard saying that some players were called up ‘from Africa’, which is being interpreted by many of his critics as racist.
— Iffat Hasan Rizvi (@IffatHasanRizvi) March 6, 2017
Social media users responded strongly and slammed the statement of Imran Khan:
Some were disgusted:
— Aniha AnaM Chaudhary (@anihachaudhary) March 7, 2017
Comparison was made beteen Khan and Sammy:
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
— ملک صاحب ⛔ ツ (@iChinkooZ) March 7, 2017
— Faraz Javed (@farazjaved66) March 6, 2017
Marriyum slams Imran’s ‘phateechar’ remarks
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb condemned Imran Khan’s remarks about foreign players who participated in the final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore. Talking to media here after an exhibition “Safe and Secure Pakistan”, she said successful holding of PSL final in Lahore was a message to terrorists from fearless Pakistan to brace the challenge squarely. The minister said the PTI chief visited India in connection with Indian Super League, offered commentary and awarded trophies. However, she said that Imran declared as madness the bold decision of provincial government to accept the challenge and organise the final in Lahore. She said remarks of Imran about foreign players are reflective of his mentality and people would think many times before making a choice in 2018 general elections. She said action was taken against those misusing the platform of social media. She said there is freedom of speech and everyone is welcome to offer constructive criticism but technology must not be misused for spreading rumours and lies.