No, Viru, Imran Khan was not called 'a welder from the Bronx'
It actually turns out to be a gaffe by the former Indian cricketer
October 04, 2019 / 08:53 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was called ‘a welder from the Bronx’ on the US talk show ‘Morning Joe’, or at least Virender Sehwag thought so. It actually turns out to be a gaffe by the former Indian cricketer as the anchor jokingly called him a "voter" from the Bronx who was complaining about the infrastructure.
Commenting on America’s approach towards Afghanistan, Khan had told the US TV channel: “While the US was pouring money into Afghanistan in this futile war, the Chinese were developing a first-world infrastructure. You just need to go to China to see. The way their infrastructure is... and I'm in New York and I'm watching the... you know... the cars bumping around here.”
After having a hearty laugh over this, the anchor told Khan: “You do not sound right now like a prime minister from Pakistan. You sound like a voter from the Bronx who would complain about the infrastructure or money being spent on wars in Afghanistan.”
Khan laughed at the anchor's remark.
Sehwag shared the video clip from his Twitter handle on October 3 and said that Imran Khan "seems to be inventing new ways to humiliate himself".
He had earlier labelled Imran Khan ‘pathetic’ because of the “hate speech” he had delivered at the UNGCA’s 74th General Assembly meeting in New York on September 27. Not just him, several other members of India’s Cricket fraternity joined the chorus and slammed the Pak PM for “harbouring terrorism” and not promoting peace.
Notably, the Pakistani PM has had himself engaged in a smear campaign ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre decided to scrap Article 370. His attempts to woo the international community in his favour has failed miserably so far.(Update: A previous version of the story erroneously went with the contents of Virender Sehwag's tweet, which said the anchor called Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, "a welder from the Bronx." The headline and the content of the story has since been updated. The error has been highly regretted.)