Imran Khan has said that while returning from his visit of America he felt that he has won the World Cup. Do you agree with his perception?
Perhaps, he is right! His visit to the US was clearly a great achievement. He participated in multiple White House meetings, culminating in a one-on-one exchange with President Donald Trump. He hobnobbed with senior congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. He networked with corporate bigwigs. He addressed an audience at a top Washington think tank. He gave interviews to America’s largest media outlets. And, of course, he headlined a jalsa before a beyond-capacity crowd that pulsated with his every word.
He haven’t gone for any financial aid from US.He just went there to strengthen the diplomatic relations between the two countries. So if we judge the visit by the metric of public diplomacy, and how Khan was received and perceived by his hosts, then the visit was wildly successful. And given how Pakistan’s image abroad has suffered for so long — especially in Washington — one can chalk up the great optics and good vibes to emerge from the visit as a strategic success as well. His confidence in USA and now back in Pakistan clearly shows that he succeeded in achieving the goals for which he went there.