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‘Glenn Beck linked terrorism to Quran’

Washington: Glenn Beck, a conservative US TV and radio presenter, on Monday showered praises on Prime Minister Imran Khan for saving thousands of people who wanted to leave Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif after Kabul fell to the Taliban last month.

Taking to Twitter, Beck wrote a thread to pay tribute to the Pakistani leader who he said gave an immediate response to his request when many other civil and political leaders around the world were approached for help during the crisis.

“The silence was shocking,” he wrote.

He said, “Some calls and requests received a simple yes or no, some went unanswered but we received an immediate response to our requests from Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan who then acted on his willingness to assist.”

Beck said he and PM Imran Khan, together, joined hands to save thousands of innocents who faced death, adding that the two transcended political divides, national boundaries and much more for the people of Afghanistan.

While many Pakistanis who were not aware of Glenn Beck’s past lauded him for acknowledging Pakistani leader’s efforts in saving lives, some local journalists and activists warned people against praising the American TV anchor who is known for his views against Muslims and Islam.

Anchor Amber Rahim Shamsi said, “While we should certainly applauded the PM’s humanitarian intervention for vulnerable Afghans, it’s important to understand Glen Beck’s motives.”

Activist Ammar Ali Jan said, “Glenn Beck is a bigot who linked terrorism to the Quran in his book titled “it IS about Islam.”

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s supporters, however, saw Glen Beck’s critics with suspicion and questioned why his past was being highlighted only when he applauded the former cricket hero.

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