58 out of 47: Not just geography, Imran Khan needs maths lessons too

India

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is clearly a man too worked up over Kashmir. Rattled by the surprise move by the Narendra Modi government on Kashmir, Imran Khan has started imagining things that he does not see on the ground. The repeated caution from his own ministers that the world does not believe Pakistan’s Kashmir narrative is having no calming effect on him. He seems to be more agitated with these statements.

On Thursday, Imran Khan declared that Pakistan got the support of 58 countries over the Kashmir situation in the UN Human Rights Council, where India and Pakistan crossed swords. This claim could have been true only if there were that many members in the Human Rights Council.

First what he said. “I commend the 58 countries that joined Pakistan in Human Rights Council on 10 Sept reinforcing demands of int community for India to stop use of force, lift siege, remove other restrictions, respect & protect Kashmiris’ rights & resolve Kashmir dispute through UNSC resolutions,” Imran Khan wrote on Twitter on Thursday night.

Here is what the UNHRC says about its strength on its official website. “The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly. The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights,” reads the About HRC page of the UN body.

So, according to Imran Khan, Pakistan could manage to secure 58 marks out of total marks of 47!

Imran Khan’s counting abilities are suspect. QED.

But only a few weeks ago, Imran Khan proved that his geography was equally bad. And, history as well.

Only last month, during his visit to Iran, Imran Khan left delegates, journalists and the host country President Hassan Rouhani scratching their heads with his understanding of geography and history.

Advocating closer Iran-Pakistan ties, Imran Khan announced that Japan and Germany are territorial neighbours and share boundaries. He said, “On the border region of Germany and Japan, they had joint industries.”

For those who have not really taken the pain of turning a few pages of an atlas or cared to look at a world’s map, Japan is an East Asian country comprising of more than 6,800 islands located in western Pacific Ocean. Germany, on the other hand is in Europe. The two are about 9,000 km apart.

So, Imran Khan needs a lesson in geography. He will do well to consult a school teacher of history also. It was actually, France that had signed a treaty with Germany after the World War II. The Elysee Treaty of friendship between Germany and France led to economic and military cooperation between the two countries.

There is more for which Imran Khan needs to take tuition on literature. He confused two literary geniuses, Rabindranath Tagore with Khalil Gibran with one another. This happened in June this year.

On June 19, Imran Khan tweeted, “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 service is joy” and added a caption to this quote like this: “Those who discover and get to understand the wisdom of Gibran’s words, cited below, get to live a life of contentment.”

The quote cited by Imran Khan is not of Gibran, the Lebanese writer and poet. This is an adaptation from a quote of Tagore. The original quote goes like this: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Imran Khan was heavily trolled for wrong attribution.

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