‘Good demonstration of grace, maturity & patriotism’: FM Bilawal wins praise for defending Imran Khan
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto is getting widespread praise on social media after he defended the former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia during his media talk in New York.
The Pakistan’s youngest foreign minister was interacting with journalists at the UN Headquarters on Thursday. One of the journalists asked him about the former PM’s controversial visit to Moscow, which didn’t sit well with western capitals.
Bilawal Bhutto answered the question with great maturity, winning praise from political pundits and citizens. Bhutto said that he would absolutely defend Imran Khan’s visit to Russia. He added that the former PM made the visit as part of his foreign policy.
“I believe it is very unfair to punish Pakistan for such an innocent action. Of course, Pakistan is absolutely clear as far as it comes to the principles of the UN [United Nations] of non-use of force and we stand by these principles,” he said.
— Aniq Naji (@aniqnaji) May 19, 2022
Bilawal’s defence of his political rival was widely praised by political commentators. Financial expert Yousuf Nazar wrote that it was a “good demonstration of grace, maturity and patriotism.”
Standing on American soil, @BBhuttoZardari defends @ImranKhanPTI ‘s visit to Russia, saying how could have he known about the invasion on Ukraine. What a good demonstration of maturity, grace, and patriotism https://t.co/cquYKpo22d
— Yousuf Nazar (@YousufNazar) May 19, 2022
Jouranlist Kamran Yousaf said that Bilawal defended Imran Khan better than his spokesperson.
I think even Imran Khan's spokesperson couldn't defend his Russia trip as effectively as Bilawal has done here pic.twitter.com/sG1Kl9FkbO
— Kamran Yousaf (@Kamran_Yousaf) May 19, 2022
Journalist Kamran Khan also lauded the young minister.
Excellent gesture, very patriotic of @BBhuttoZardari going an extra mile to defend Imran Khan’s extremely controversial timing to visit Moscow and meet Putin on the day when Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Imran Khan please reciprocate the young leader pic.twitter.com/6OoIRHsMSv
— Kamran Khan (@AajKamranKhan) May 19, 2022
“Pakistan well-represented,” wrote ex-Pakistani diplomat Jalil Abbas Jilani.
Brilliant press conference in New York by Foreign Minister @BBhuttoZardari . Pakistan well represented. https://t.co/rQ9WC6NNu0
— Jalil Abbas Jilani (@JalilJilani) May 20, 2022
Here’s what others have to say:
I think IK should relearn what ‘I know the west better than all’ looks like in the real world. This is how you speak to the world in their language.
Leave Yabriyan and bardkain at home…#bilawalBhutto https://t.co/63q5QfM3XY
— Ayesha Razzaque (@Razzaque_Ayesha) May 20, 2022
Bravo! What a response! Not everyone can do it like this though!! https://t.co/l5qcbCpbsx
— فاطمہ عرفان (@fatimairrfan) May 20, 2022
this is called maturity which we can't expect from PTI leadership. https://t.co/hnIUSl5oYT
— مریم (@immaryamfatima) May 20, 2022
Yeh dekho @ImranKhanPTI … and watch this you puppeteers … there is a thing called grace … LEARN it from him. #JiyayBhutto https://t.co/9XpcR4EvEw
— Meena Gabeena (@gabeeno) May 20, 2022
@BBhuttoZardari proves he is FM of Pakistan not @PPP_Org Does not embarrass a former PM internationally.Plenty of time for that locally.
Would IK ever, ever been so graceful? https://t.co/ITBGjLdymk
— Mariana Baabar (@MarianaBaabar) May 20, 2022
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