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'Imran Ruining History After Geography': Does Pak PM 'Know Uzbekistan Better Than Uzbeks'?

Imran Khan told the people of Uzbekistan that he probably knew more about them than most citizens of their country since he had been a student of history. 

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After his infamous remark on Germany and Japan sharing a border, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan failed to impress netizens with his knowledge of history after he claimed to know more about Uzbekistan than its own people at a conference in Tashkent on Thursday. Addressing the Uzbekistan-Pakistan Business Forum on ‘Central and South Asia 2021: Regional Connectivity Challenges and Opportunities,’ Imran Khan told the people of Uzbekistan that he probably knew more about them than most citizens of their country since he had been a student of history. 

"My great reason for coming here was...I am looking forward to my trip tpo Bukhara and Samarkand. As I said, I am a student of history so I know probably more history about Uzbekistan than most people of Uzbekistan," said Imran Khan at the conference.

Netizens React

Imran Khan's remark did not sit well with netizens who reminded him of his expertise in geography which he had shared in 2019. In April 2019, while speaking at an event in Tehran, during his two-day official visit to Iran, Imran Khan claimed that Germany and Japan had killed thousands of civilians until after the Second World War when both decided to have joint industries on their borders.  “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 had said. 

Several netizens had fact-checked the Pakistan Prime Minister then and had reminded him that it was in fact France and Germany who shared borders and had collaborated to lay the foundation of the European Union. Given his past record, netizens failed to believe that Imran Khan knew more about the history of Uzbekistan than its own people. 

 

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