Imran Khan attack: Internet filled with memes as '#PakCivilWar' trends on Twitter

Internet filled with memes as ‘#PakCivilWar’ trends on Twitter

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The political situation in Pakistan has deteriorated with the attack on former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Chief Tehreek-e-Insaf was leading a rally on Thursday when an assailant tried to shoot him. While Imran Khan survived with a gunshot wound to his leg, his party blamed “Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the country’s interior minister and top ISI official” for the attack, without providing any evidence. PTI supporters announced nationwide protests on Friday until Imran Khan’s demands for early elections and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s resignation are met. As the precarious situation in the neighboring country has the potential to turn into what many are calling a “civil war”, audiences on Twitter weren’t shy about seeing the lighter side of things.

From comparing the situation to Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur to more, Twitter couldn’t help but ponder the implications of political developments in Pakistan. Here are the best memes on the subject:

Some have joked that the ongoing developments should be referred to as “gangs of Pakistan”.

Others wondered how the so-called “civil war” was going to happen given the economic crisis in this country.

A few people wondered what the Taliban would think of these developments.

Khan’s party itself released a meme praising the man who attacked the attacker, saving Khan’s life.

Some have drawn on the country’s checkered history of political assassinations.

Imran Khan shooting implications:

The attack on Imran Khan further galvanized his supporters. Videos circulating on social media show scores of PTI supporters taking to the streets and clashing with security forces. The alleged assassination attempt on the 70-year-old cricketer-turned-politician has greatly increased the pressure on the government. While Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the attack, reports indicate that the country’s media regulator has warned TV stations to avoid repeating allegations by Khan’s party.

Imran Khan was ousted from power in April this year in a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Since then, the leader has called for early elections and repeatedly accuses his ouster of American interference.

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