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Real leaders should be ready to take U-turns : Imran Khan

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Islamabad. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that “real leaders should be ready to take U-turns” during a media interaction. Imran’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) led government has been facing the public and media’s scrutiny for backtracking over a number of promises and statements it made before coming to power at the Centre.

When pressed by the media on the government’s tendency to take U-turns, Imran said: “The leader who does not do timely U-turns is not a real leader.”

According to Geo News, Imran, in order to bolster his argument, gave the example of German dictator Adolf Hitler and French revolutionary leader Napolean Bonaparte, saying: “Both Hitler and Napoleon faced defeat as they did not change their strategies according to the situation and (as a result) their armies were marooned in Russia.”

“Leaders should always be ready to take U-turns according to the requirement of their duties and best interests of the nation,” Geo News quoted him as saying.

Imran’s statement was criticised by media and the Opposition, who said that the Prime Minister’s statement showed his government’s inability to hold up to the promises it made to the country.

Hitting out at the Prime Minister, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif tweeted: “Are you [planning on] invading Russia that you are recalling Hitler and Napolean? Do not look for justifications in the pages of history for your hypocrisy and opportunistic behaviour.”

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