Prime Minister Imran Khan whereas delivering his handle to the 76th session of the United Nations Normal Meeting (UNGA) earlier in the present day, misquoted United States President Ronald Reagan’s assertion.
PM Khan claimed that within the Nineteen Eighties, former US President Ronald Reagan in contrast the Afghan mujahideen combating in opposition to Soviet forces to the Founding Fathers of the USA.
Focal particular person to Cheif Minister Punjab, Azhar Mashwani, took to Twitter and shared the video clip the place the previous president may be heard evaluating Afghan Mujahideen as “ethical equals of founding fathers of USA”.
If you happen to watch the video attentively, you’ll find a minor glitch. The video is 0:48 seconds lengthy.
At 0:37-0:45 seconds, Reagan says: “They’re our brothers, these freedom fighters, who we owe them our assist. You realize the reality about them, who they’re combating and why.”
Nonetheless, from 0:45 seconds to 0:48 seconds, there’s a slight change within the sound of the president. The pitch of the sound is a bit greater as in comparison with the whole video. The phrases spoken by the president throughout these seconds are, “They’re the ethical equal of our founding fathers.”
Precise quote of the previous US President, “In making point out of freedom fighters, all of us are privileged to have in our midst tonight one of many courageous commanders who lead the Afghan freedom fighters—Abdul Haq. Abdul Haq, we’re with you.”
“They’re our brothers, these freedom fighters, and we owe them our assist. I’ve spoken just lately of the liberty fighters of Nicaragua. You realize the reality about them. You realize who they’re combating and why. They’re the ethical equal of our Founding Fathers and the courageous women and men of the French Resistance,” mentioned Reagan.
The anecdote that PM Khan shared about Ronald Reagan evaluating the mujahideen to the Founding Fathers is a generally made mistake and there’s really no fact to it. Reagan had really in contrast Nicaraguan insurgent fighters to the Founding Fathers, a remark which has since been wrongly linked to the mujahideen.
Nonetheless, this isn’t the primary time that the premier made this error. In 2019, PM Khan whereas talking at an occasion on the Council on Overseas Relations (CFR) suppose tank in New York on Monday, September 23, claimed that within the Nineteen Eighties former Ronald Reagan in contrast the Afghan mujahideen combating in opposition to Soviet forces to the Founding Fathers of the USA.
Journalist Gharidah Farooqi raised this difficulty initially. She took to Twitter and tweeted, “What a global embarrassment that too on the #UNGA discussion board this time. US Pres RonaldRegan NEVER in contrast ‘mujahideen’ to Founding Fathers. It’s a FAKE NEWS. PM Khan refers to a faux “information merchandise” to launch a case at such a prestigious discussion board! Who wrote speech for PM Khan? Hearth him.”