Imran Khan`s Twitter debut - A debacle!
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has made his debut on popular social networking website `Twitter` only to be booed by fellow Pakistanis, who called him a "failed politician" and a Taliban supporter.
Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has made his debut on popular social networking website `Twitter` only to be booed by fellow Pakistanis, who called him a "failed politician" and a Taliban supporter.
Khan`s entry into the Twitter world was announced last night by his ex-wife Jemima Khan.
"For the Pakistani contingent - Imran is now on twitter and will be tweeting daily," wrote Jemima.
Within minutes of Jemima`s tweet, Pakistani twitterers got into action.
Mehmal Sarfraz, a senior journalist, posted: "Oh my god! He was the only ***** missing! A member going by the name `FiveRupees` joined Sarfraz with, "Oh God. Check out who just joined twitter...I also love that he`s following Jemima Khan. Presumably Hugh Grant is next."
So far, Jemima is the only person Khan is following on Twitter.
Some others wondered if Khan would use Twitter to post `fatwas` or if twittering was `halal` (lawful)
"We need a fatwa...on whether Twitter is halal or not...," wrote Sarfraz.
Khan`s tweets had him cornered by many members of the social networking website.
In an attempt to address criticism that he backs the Taliban, Khan wrote, "There is not one statement I have given supporting the Taliban”. In response, another member said, "Yeah right! Have you ever given an anti-Taliban statement?"
Another post by Khan claiming that "I have never been a Taliban supporter" had twitterers calling him "Taliban Khan”.
Khan`s next tweet was that Pakistan "needs to form (an) independent and sovereign policy on terrorism to stop this bloodshed of its people."
Another member then responded, "We need to get rid of you!"
Khan condemned yesterday`s blasts in Lahore and claimed they were a "direct result of the stepped up (US) drone attacks" in Pakistan.
This did not go down well with some, and one member responded, "Are you crazy?! You Taliban supporter!"
Leading blogger Tazeen Javed poked fun at Khan by announcing that she had decided to "follow" him and that she would check to see if twittering was indeed halal.
`FiveRupees` had other questions in mind too.
He asked Khan, a former Pakistan Test captain, "Why did you declare that time against India when (Javed) Miandad was on 280?"