Social media users have been left shocked and appalled after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson and former prime minister Imran Khan made some comments insinuating that dissenting PTI lawmakers had committed ‘shirk’ (polytheism).
He made these remarks during an address on Wednesday night, which was part of the ‘thanksgiving day’ being celebrated by the PTI in regards to the Supreme Court verdict on Tuesday that declared PTI-ally and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Parvez Elahi the chief minister of Punjab.
During the address, the party chief said, “When you sell your conscience because of greed over money, just like our people got bought off recently like sheep, that is also shirk.”
Social media users have been left perplexed at this stretched interpretation of Islam, as ‘shirk’ typically refers to associating others with Allah, and are questioning how going against the wishes of Imran Khan is considered shirk.
Others questioned if he was trying to start his own religion perhaps.
Some people reiterated that using religion to obtain political goals is a terribly dangerous and irresponsible move.
Other still just trolled along.