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ISLAMABAD/WELLINGTON – Comparisons between achievements of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern have finally taken a realistic shape after the latter decided to get married to her longtime partner Clarke Gayford.
A spokesman for Ardern revealed on Friday that the pair got engaged over the Easter break in the town of Mahia, prompting anticipation for the New Zealand premier’s marriage.
The 38-year-old Ardern has been widely praised for the compassion and leadership she has showed recently, prompting dubious comparisons with Khan, almost all of which were rooted in Pakistan or sourced to Pakistani expats.
While these sources have used indicators like Time magazine’s last month inclusion of both Ardern and Khan in its list of the 100 most influential people in 2019, observers have long noted that there is little common ground between the leadership skills displayed by the two premiers.
However, all that is about to change, with Ardern entering a field that Khan has dominated for decades.
Meanwhile, pre-approved security and defence experts in Pakistan have been quick to point out that Prime Minister Khan has a three-fold numerical lead over PM Ardern on the marital count.