Imran Khan is a crowd-puller, there has never been any doubt about it. He has proven it once again, away from home in Washington DC, where he addressed the Pakistani community in the United States during his first official visit to the country.
Leaving the politics aside, the gathering, aka Jalsa, is a testament to Khan’s popularity in the Pakistani expat community across the globe. He received a heartwarming welcome from the Pakistani community in the United States as people kept coming in where Imran Khan delivered his speech.
The Capital One Arena, which has a capacity of around 25,000, was jam-packed to see Imran Khan and listen to what he had to say about those living abroad for livelihood. Ever since he came into power last year, Khan has always said that overseas Pakistanis are close to his heart, which might be the reason why people turned out in numbers to witness the historic event. There were reports that people had flown in from Canada and other countries to catch a glimpse of the superstar-esque PM of Pakistan.
Twitter is swarmed with all sorts of messages regarding the premier’s visit to the States. Here are the top trends on Twitter in Pakistan:
Not just this, the hashtag #PKIKJalsainUS was the top trend worldwide.
Let’s see what people are saying about the Jalsa, which reminded us of the Dharna days.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 21, 2019
Crowd he pulled out of homes is not which one can buy with one’s deep pockets. It’s the love &trust for the dream of Naya #Pakistan.
Message for all stake holders, internal as well as external. pic.twitter.com/QsMy6BVKUE
— Saifullah K Nyazee (@SaifullahNyazee) July 21, 2019
Mohammad Hafeez liked what he saw:
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) July 21, 2019
So did Waqar Younis.
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) July 21, 2019
Faisal Javed Khan knows how to warm up the crowd.
Our very own @FaisalJavedKhan takes the stage in his signature style!
— Rabia Malik (@RabiaaMalikPK) July 21, 2019
Some scenes from the arena.
— Anila Khawaja (@anilakhawaja) July 22, 2019
The best-kept secret yet?
For all those who doubted, your criticism just kept charging me up. #OverseasPakistanis ?????? are the best kept secret yet .. out of words to Thankyou !#PMIKJalsaInUSA#PMIKInUSA pic.twitter.com/N5dv7Owqi0
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) July 21, 2019
Not a cinema.
— Hamad Naeem (@ExcitedHamad) July 21, 2019
Overseas Pakistanis showed their love for Imran Khan.
— Irfan Siddique (@ChIrfanS) July 21, 2019
— Ali Salman Alvi (@alisalmanalvi) July 21, 2019
On a lighter note:
— Dennis Ashes (@DennisCricket_) July 21, 2019