Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has addressed the nation for the first time after taking the oath, and his speech is winning over hearts. Imran Khan’s address to nation was more about social and economic crisis of the country and how to tackle them. In his speech, Khan advocated austerity and pledged to begin it from himself.
Response on Imran Khan’s Address to Nation
Imran Khan’s address to the nation was somehow similar to his victory speech. He talked about auctioning the nation’s assets like Mercedez cars meant for the use by ministers and using the money generated for public’s interest. The prime minister promised to convert Prime Minister house into a state of the art university and shared his thoughts of using governor houses for similar purposes.
Imran Khan undoubtedly enjoys huge support from the public and youth. But, his address to the nation made him receive applause from his critics as well.
Here is what people had to say about Imran Khan’s address to the nation.
On Originality of the Speech
Imran Khan didn’t speak to the people of Pakistan in the language of a professional writer. The man simply poured his heart. And, it was the very originality of his speech that won him huge praise.
PM Imran Khan's speech:
1. No professional writer wrote it.
2. The words came right out of the speaker's heart
3. There was no artificiality in it
— farrukh saleem (@SaleemFarrukh) August 20, 2018
German ambassador Martin Kobler who earlier shared his tips with Pakistanis on saving water also applauded Imran Khan’s agenda on reducing the infant mortality rate and ensuring the provision of quality education for all.
Impressed by the visionary and authentic #PMIKAddress of @ImranKhanPTI last night.Focus on economic and institutional reforms as a basis for reducing infant and maternal mortality and providing good education 4 all! #Germany supports @pid_gov @PTIofficial for #NayaPakistan agenda pic.twitter.com/uoEOOUdX1z
— Bernhard Schlagheck (@GermanyinPAK) August 20, 2018
Celebrities are also praising what Imran Khan had to say in his address to the nation.
My Prime Minister’s speech has left me speechless….what an address to the nation… unbelievable….everything checked on the check list. Totally proud of @ImranKhanPTI . Blown away.
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) August 19, 2018
After Fakhr-e-Alam, here is another singer who went took a moment to share her opinion on what Imran Khan’s address to nation was all about.
What a balanced speech by my Prime Minister Imran Khan. His speech was the voice of the common man. No one has ever felt the plight of the poor like he has. Pakistan is being saved! Let's recite Aytal Kursi for his protection as we would for our own family. May Allah protect him!
— Annie Khalid (@annie_khalid) August 19, 2018
Best wishes from Khan’s critics
Anchor Mansoor Ali Khan is considered as a pro-PMLN journalist who doesn’t let go an opportunity to slam Imran Khan. Even, he was optimistic about his speech and shared his hope that Khan succeeds in achieving his vision as prime minister of Pakistan.
Imran Khan’s Speech: Hope, Aim & Vision. Some of the solutions have already been tried and tested but Imran’s biggest strength is that people are willing to trust him. Hope he succeeds.
— Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) August 19, 2018
Pakistan’s famous cultural critic and satirist who is popular for producing well-researched material on various socio-political and cultural aspects also praised Imran Khan’s address to the nation.
Empathetic address by @ImranKhanPTI. Hit the right notes. A mixture of Ayub’s developmental model and ZABhutto’s populist postures. Hope he hasn’t bitten more than he can chew. But the wish is he’s able to achieve what he has promised. He has my (critical) support. All the best.
— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) August 19, 2018
According to Hamid Mir and Cyril Almeida, two one of the most credible journalists in Pakistan, Iman Khan talked about few things in his speech that no Prime Minister mentioned before. And, these things were related to planting trees, reviving tourism and addressing Balochistan’s concerns, etc.
Thank you @ImranKhanPTI for speaking about trees,forests,beaches and Balochistan in first speech as PM he addressed common man and widows not intellectuals and political opponents he made very big promises and it's a big challenge to implement promises
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) August 19, 2018
Unconventional speech style. Sincere.Well prepared. Covered almost all basic problems faced by PAK.Hefty promises.Raised the bar 4 himself & #TeamIK to full extent. Real test implementation! PM @ImranKhanPTI 2dy mustve sumwhere/sumwht touched heart of his opponents. Best of luck!
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) August 19, 2018
Critics of Imran Khan’s Speech
Most of the people gave a thumbs-up to Imran Khan’s address to the nation, there is no lack of those who criticized Khan for talking about general things. The prominent among Khan’s opponent is his ex-wife Reham Khan who somehow manages to stay in headlines with her opinions on Khan. Earlier, it was her self-titled but so racy book that kept her center of discussion on Pakistani social media for days. As expected she has now pointed out some flaws from Imran Khan’s address to nation, which are as follows.
Apparently it was too long.
Q1) Was tackling terrorism mentioned?
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) August 19, 2018
I heard he mentioned 22.8 M children 4 times. That will make me happy if he delivers but of course our children have to be alive for that.
Terrorism & extremism must be rooted out. Economy is directly linked to it as is our foreign policy. https://t.co/weWK6Vi7uB
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) August 19, 2018
Usually, people give opinions on anything according to their prejudice, but in the case of Imran Khan’s address to nation, even his opponents seemed hopeful and optimistic about his words, except few.