Scottish Writer Dalrymple Calling Imran Khan ‘Some Guy’ Leaves Twitterati Amused

© AP Photo / B.K. BangashPakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a Kashmir rally at the Prime Minister office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses a Kashmir rally at the Prime Minister office in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 - Sputnik International
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New Delhi (Sputnik): Many people on social media were amused after well-known Scottish writer William Dalrymple referred to a viral photograph of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as “some guy reading” one of his books during a flight.

Khan, who recently delivered a passionate speech at the UN General Assembly, was accompanied by the country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a flight.

Dalrymple has written several books on the Indian subcontinent, including The Last Mughal, White Mughals, City Of Djinns.

In the picture, trending on Pakistani twitter on Sunday, Imran Khan can be seen reading Dalrymple’s ‘The Anarchy’ while Pakistan foreign minister is peeking over from his seat as if to find out what Khan is doing with his smart phone.

In a light-hearted remark, Dalrymple instead of recognising Khan as a prime minster, opted to term him as “some guy” and poked fun at Qureshi saying: “while his friend reads his WhatsApp messages”.

The photograph has elicited a mixed response on Pakistani twitter as Khan’s choice of book felt surprising to many since it is about how the British East India Company robbed the Indian subcontinent and took its wealth back to the UK. And more so, as Khan in his speech at UN General Assembly talked about people taking looting money out of developing nations and investing it in rich countries in the West.

Many others trolled him while observing that it felt like a staged photograph.

However, some of the most amusing reactions came after the Scottish historian and writer Dalrymple got involved.

Many Pakistani twitter users, however, felt annoyed with Dalrymple calling Imran Khan “some guy”.

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