Prime Minister Modi knows more than anyone else when to needle whom. Speaking at the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, Modi referred to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan as Imran Khan ‘Niazi’.
‘Niazi’ is a hated surname in Pakistan as it reminds the country of its humiliating defeat in the 1971 war against India. The then Pakistani army officer Gen. A. A. K. Niazi signed the instrument of surrender, which paved way for the formation of Bangladesh. And, Imran Khan, to his sheer misfortune, shares the same surname.
Even during Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s Azadi March in Pakistan, which is intended to unseat Khan from the Prime-ministership, the slogan ‘Go Niazi Go’ is heard. PM Imran, after facing failure on all fronts, especially after his miserable failure to revive the crumbling economy, is attracting a lot of flak for his miss governance. Though he tried his best to divert the people’s attention away from the pressing problems his nation is facing by indulging in raw rhetoric on India’s abrogation of Art 370, he could not succeed much.
Now, Modi, by calling Imran by his full name, rubbed salt into his wound.