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Shalwar kameez and Urdu banking

Prime Minister Imran Khan is known for wearing and supporting the national dress which is Shalwar Kameez, in and out of Pakistan. While this fashion statement may make him look more Pakistani, it does not matter what clothes he wears or for that matter any of the Pakistanis wear. Clothes do not define a person’s intellect; however, they can be used to make a statement and Prime Minister Khan sure knows how to make one. During a ceremony held to approve the Rs100 billion in the Mera Pakistan Mera Ghar initiative on Friday, he said that he was happy to see that the banks have now started to converse in Urdu with their clients. He added to this by saying that now the staff must wear Shalwar Kameez so as to not ‘frighten’ the people. It is odd to think that people are frightened or even intimidated by those who choose to wear anything other than Shalwar Kameez and to be extremely comfortable with those who opt for the national dress. The statement is absurd and is deeply rooted in Khan’s own confused personality.

Imran Khan’s policies and statements sometimes baffle the common man as they come from a very ill-informed place. There is also some hypocrisy in his statements. For a person who has spent decades of his life in western countries and has made their lifestyle his own, saying such things is strange. Had he not known the language that is spoken around the world, he would not have been able to give speeches in the United Nations General Assembly. However, he wants his country to learn only Urdu, but he still wants the country to be one of the best. He wants the country to build its labour force as India did without being able to speak English. How he wants to achieve this goal is truly above the common man’s ability to understand. Khan must not pass such statements which discourage the use of the English language if he wants people to become like him. If we are to compare Nawaz Sharif’s paper reading and Imran Khan’s speech, the difference is the command on the language. Communication is extremely important and better communication can be done when one has a good command of a common universal language. Therefore, it is stupid of PM Khan to discourage people from using and learning the English language and focusing on Urdu more. A balance must be created, but Khan’s current policies are leaning towards a more Urdu-centric education which will put Pakistan in reverse gear again like it once did in the 80s.

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