Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan was trolled on social media after a short clip of him asking for applause from the audience during a speech that went viral.
Khan was talking about a deal with the Central Business District (CBD) on Friday and claimed that it will help generate 6,000 billion rupees, however, his audience remained muted.
Khan repeated: “6 thousand billion [Pakistani] rupees. I think you are asleep because I didn’t hear any applause.” It was followed by a round of applause.
A short clip of his speech was circulated on social media platforms by his critics and opposition parties’ activists. “Never heard a figure from him in less than several billions,” Zarqa Javid, Pakistani Twitter user, wrote.
“Pakistani PM @ImranKhanPTI asking for an applause from the audience must be recorded as a new low in the history of Pakistani PM speeches,” wrote Taha Siddiqui, a Pakistani journalist who lives in exile in Paris.
Khan had made the announcement after three years of negotiation with the CBD, which will now “serve as a business hub that will help in wealth generation”.