New Delhi: Pakistanis are holding their breath for one phone call these days — from US president Joe Biden to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. And they are showing it with the hashtag #BidenMujhayCallKaro.
Memes on Wednesday and Thursday featured a monkey, a goat and national security adviser Moeed Yusuf waiting by the phone, and an Amitabh Bachchan song from Sharaabi about ‘intezar‘. Even Reham Khan, journalist and the former wife of Imran Khan, didn’t spare him. She tweeted a photo with Sweetaj Brar and Yo Yo Honey Singh’s song lyrics: “Tu toh saadi care ni karda, time spare ni karda.”
Care nhi karda? Time ispare nahi kerda? Haye vey tere (Biden) dil vich kee?? Saday nul share nhi kerda pic.twitter.com/ptzLLaKeSP
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) August 5, 2021
It’s been about seven months now since Imran Khan’s wait began after Joe Biden’s inauguration. It’s almost like a lover’s spat. Except it’s not. This is more like the expectation of a first date.
In fact, security adviser Yusuf in an interview with The Financial Times said that Pakistan has “options” if the US government thinks that the phone call is a “concession” and added that every time Islamabad is informed “technical reasons or whatever”.
In fact, some Pakistani TV commentators began explaining the delay by saying Joe Biden wasn’t confident enough and wasn’t on a strong footing to make that call to Imran Khan. Because “he lacks substance.”
Can they be asked to come out of WhatsApp to the real world!
(the expressions of Palwasha Khan though 😂) pic.twitter.com/a0hHqT0Uqb
— Umar Aftab Butt (@documaraftab) August 5, 2021
Amitabh’s songs to Rajkumar’s dialogue
One user, Sharjeel Sarwar, even shared a clip of the song ‘Mujhe Raat Din’ from the 1999 Preity Zinta, Akshay Kumar and Akshay Kumar-starrer Sangarsh.
“Tumhe bohot aata hai baatein banana…” is just one of the lines!
— sharjeel sarwar (@sharjeel_45) August 4, 2021
The best of the lot, however, is an Amitabh Bachchan song — “Inteha ho gayi intezaar ki” from the 1984 movie Sharaabi.
“Ye hume hai yakeen.. bewafa ho nahi..fir wajah kya hui.. Intezar ki…”, Twitter user Rajpoot wrote.
— 𝓡𝓪𝓳𝓹𝓸𝓸𝓽 𝓟𝓜𝓛 𝓝 (@Rajpoot_PML_N) August 4, 2021
One user, Asif Akram Vohra, took it to a whole new level as he posted a clipping of renowned actor Rajkumar.
— V.O.H.R.A🇵🇰 (@asifakramvohra) August 5, 2021
The meme fest just went on and on. One user shared an image of Joe Biden and Imran Khan on different phones. Khan says, “Biden can you please call?”. Biden replies, “absolutely not.”
“I love you” Nawaz Sharif
Amid all of this chaos, some started missing former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif. Fans of Sharif left love messages as well.
“Mian we love you..”
— Malik Hassan (@immhassanali) August 4, 2021
— Mohsin Fareed Bodla (@mohsin_fareed1) August 4, 2021
Even NSA Yusuf wasn’t spared.
— Sabir Tanoli NA14 (@sabirtanoli786) August 4, 2021
“Failing miserably at the diplomatic front. Pakistan has already lost credibility amount the friendly countries and now this episode reflects a new low in our diplomacy,” wrote Sardar Nouman Khan Nassar, whose Twitter bio claims that he is the Senior Vice President of Nawaz Sharif’s party Pakistan Muslim League (N) in Balochistan.
Failing miserably at diplomatic front. Pakistan has already lost credibility amount the friendly countries and now this episode reflects a new low in our diplomacy #BidenMujhayCallKaro pic.twitter.com/gHtWwhJLY4
— Sardar Nouman Khan Nasar (@SZadaNouman) August 4, 2021
One user even recalled the fact that Joe Biden had made the call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi but still not to Imran Khan.
Imran Khan is still waiting for a phone call from US President Joe Biden. Since his inauguration as the US President on January 20, 2021, Biden has called up a number of world leaders including Modi. However, he is yet to contact the Pakistan PM.#BidenMujhayCallKaro pic.twitter.com/ITvf6Yw3bv
— Muhammad Saad Qureshi🇵🇰 (@SaadQureshe) August 4, 2021
One user shared a picture of a sleeping donkey, comparing it to Imran Khan’s situation.
— Saqlain Maqsood. #GrwKSher (@Saq_Maqsood) August 4, 2021
One user, Mazhar Gilani, called Imran Khan a “puppet” and said that “Imran kept giving missed calls to Modi and now he is waiting for Biden’s call. But the world knows who to talk to and who not.”
The world knows Imran Khan as nothing more than a puppet.
Imran kept giving Miss calls to Modi and now he is waiting for Biden's call. But the world knows who to talk to and who not.
Even after this disgrace, don't you understand that you are just a toy?#BidenMujhayCallKaro pic.twitter.com/WNptuzWw51
— Mazhar Gilani (@Mazhar_Gilani) August 4, 2021
— Umar Rao لیگی شیر وہاڑی دا (@UmarRao333) August 4, 2021
All of these profiles reveal one thing — they are Sharif and PML-N loyalists. However, the situation remains unchanged. Imran Khan’s phone still hasn’t rung.