Imran Khan triggered violent riots in numerous Muslim nations in 2005 due to a false story in a news magazine.
Khan yelled, “This is what the U.S. is doing—desecrating the Qur’an.” His comments sparked a religious uproar in Pakistan. The wrath of Muslim clergy and Pakistani government officials was broadcast on the local radio and heard in Afghanistan’s neighboring country.
Imran Khan, the Pakistani prime minister, recently criticized the United States for allowing the scourge of terrorism to spread throughout the nation, continuing the Pakistani tradition of always blaming other factors for their terrible sufferings.
Prime Minister Imran Khan elevated the status of assassinated Al-Qaeda terrorist Osama Bin Laden to that of a “martyr” and lamented that Washington had betrayed Islamabad’s trust by failing to inform it about the plan to assassinate the architect of the 9/11 terror attacks in what appeared to be an effort to warm up to the terror ranks operating in Pakistan. During his speech before the parliament, the Pakistani prime minister attacked the U.S. in a barely covert manner, saying that Pakistan has been held responsible for all of the U.S.’s regional foreign policy missteps.
Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, may appear to be cozy with the terrorist groups that are active there. Still, it is essential to remember when he instigated riots across the Muslim world.
When Imran Khan instigated riots around the Islamic world as a result of a fabrication
At a press conference in 2005, Imran Khan, then the leader of the opposition and a vocal opponent of then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, called a press conference and displayed a copy of Newsweek (dated May 9, 2005), which had a story claiming that guards at Guantanamo Bay, the notorious U.S. prison notorious for housing hardened terrorists, had allegedly insulted and desecrated the Quran to humiliate the prisoners.
According to the Newsweek article, government sources have revealed that American guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility tormented the jail’s Muslim inmates by flushing a copy of the book down the toilet. Nevertheless, some of the reports were subsequently withdrawn. A week later, Newsweek acknowledged in its piece that it had made factual errors about a claim that copies of the Qur’an damaged by American military interrogators had been misrepresented.
After that, opposition leader Imran Khan gave a news conference criticizing the United States over a report alleging that interrogators at Guantanamo jail had placed the Qur’an on toilet seats and even flushed one. A fatal wave of riots engulfed much of the Islamic region in the Middle East. In yet another piece, Newsweek blamed Imran Khan’s press conference for the unrest, claiming that “the spark was probably kindled at a press conference given by Imran Khan.”
Imran Khan intimated during his press conference that the United States’ fight against terrorism is a war against Islam.
Imran Khan in Pakistan and Afghanistan started riots.
Khan yelled, “This is what the U.S. is doing—desecrating the Qur’an.” His comments sparked a religious uproar in Pakistan. The wrath of Muslim clergy and Pakistani government officials was broadcast on the local radio and heard in Afghanistan’s neighboring country. After that, violent riots spread over most of the Arab world, from Indonesia in Southeast Asia to Gaza in the Middle East. In several Afghan provinces, protesters set fire to government buildings. They ransacked the offices of relief organizations to express their outrage at what they perceived as an insult to their Holy Book. This forced U.S. officials to reevaluate the stability of the moderate regimes in the Middle East.
There have been 17 fatalities and over 100 injuries in Afghanistan alone. A council of Islamic clerics in Badakhshan declared jihad against the United States. The irascible Islamic rioters destroyed several government buildings and the offices of international humanitarian organizations. Newsweek later apologized and recanted.
When questioned about Newsweek’s retractions, Imran Khan said the publication had behaved irresponsibly.
Imran Khan, a former cricket player, has resigned from his position as chancellor of the University of Bradford due to his “growing political responsibilities.”
After serving for nine years, he will retire on November 30.
Brian Cantor, vice chancellor of the university, praised Mr. Khan as “a tremendous role model for our students.”
Some students criticized Mr. Khan, the head of the Pakistani opposition, earlier this year for skipping graduation ceremonies.
Imran has served as the university’s chancellor, which has been crucial and significant for us, according to Prof. Cantor.
A “figurehead instrumental.”
“It has been a privilege for me to lead the University of Bradford. I shall always treasure this gratifying and educational experience “said Mr. Khan.
“It has become increasingly difficult for me to give the kind of time commitments required as Chancellor of the University of Bradford because of my rising political obligations as well as my fundraising efforts with SKMCT and Namal College.”
It was time for top management and Imran Khan to “seriously evaluate whether he is capable of retaining the post… with the commitment that such a prominent role, like chancellor, involves,” according to a February editorial in the student publication The Bradford Student.
The institution at the time advised students to show more “sympathy” for their obligations in Pakistan.
Sam Butterworth, a student union official, expressed grief over Imran Khan’s resignation.
“His work in politics and humanitarian work is a great inspiration,” says one person. “He has been an integral figurehead for the university and the city.”
He has conferred degrees on many students here at Bradford and founded Namal College, one of Pakistan’s most rapidly expanding institutions of higher learning, where graduates also receive degrees from the University of Bradford.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan is governed by Mr. Imran Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
Former cricketer and politician Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi HI PP led Pakistan as its 22nd prime minister from August 2018 until April 2022, when a no-confidence vote overthrew him.