In the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370, it has become evident that Pakistan has been thoroughly shunned by the international community. Apart from countries that have traditionally leaned towards India, Pakistan’s concerns over Kashmir have been neglected by their allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, much to the disapppointment of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Even the USA, which has often backed Pakistan over India on contentious matters, has become tired of their shenanigans and are explicitly supporting India on the matter. With a crumbling economy, international pressure to curb terrorism and disproportionate costs for its proxy war, Pakistan has very limited options on its table. Therefore, Pakistan still believes that support from the international community is its best bet.
Thus, the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has decided to Twitter for diplomacy much like POTUS Donald Trump. The only difference is, while Trump uses Twitter to often threaten or bully other countries, Imran Khan uses the medium to engage in innovative ways of begging. In a lot of ways, they are both the perfect representatives of their respective countries.
On the 15th of August, Imran Khan used emotional blackmail combined with threats of Jihad in an attempt to coerce the international community into meddling in Kashmir. For all his haughtiness, it’s quite apparent that Khan is essentially begging.
Will world silently witness another Srebrenica-type massacre & ethnic cleansing of Muslims in IOK? I want to warn international community if it allows this to happen, it will have severe repercussions & reactions in the Muslim world setting off radicalisation & cycles of violence
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 15, 2019
Before Khan raked up the Srebenica genocide, which was a massacre of Bosniaks during the Bosnian war, he had attempted to equate current Indian ruling dispensation with the Nazis. The comparison with the Nazis appeared particularly atrocious as Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, are great friends and anti-semitism runs ripe in Khan’s own country.
I am afraid this RSS ideology of Hindu Supremacy, like the Nazi Aryan Supremacy, will not stop in IOK; instead it will lead to suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan. The Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler’s Lebensraum.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 11, 2019
Khan repeated the RSS-Nazi analogy during his speech in the Assembly of Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir on the 14th of August. His speech appeared to be a repetition of his tweets and was just as effective.
In the face of rejection from the international community without any viable options on the table, Khan has decided that the only recourse is to convince the world that Narendra Modi is ‘literally Hitler’. However, that narrative is unlikely to find many takers. In the days to come, we can expect Khan to huff and puff with even greater vigor on Twitter as he has to retain his credibility among Pakistanis.