Nuggets from the Urdu press

These nuggets are culled from the Urdu press. They are summarised here without comment. Absurd or ridiculous, tft takes no responsibility for them.

Nuggets from the Urdu press

Dar on Experiments

Daily Dunya (20 January 2020) quoted the PML-N’s Ishaq Dar as asking what problems the previous administration had bequeathed to the new government, such that the growth rate of the economy went from 5.8 to 3.3 percent. He went on to urge the government to have some fear of God and stop its experiments.

Happy guests

Daily Express (20 January 2020) reported that a Gujranwala wedding saw guests surprised as US dollars were made to rain down upon them. A relative of the bridegroom reached into a bag and began throwing dollars into the air, which guests – both adults and children alike – scrambled to grab. Dollars and Pakistani rupees were also showered when the groom’s wedding procession arrived at the venue.

Blame game

Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry, according to Daily Express (20 January 2020), opined that the responsibility for high prices in the country lay with the PML-N leadership. He went on to say that it was important to get out of the situation of economic instability, but that Marriyum Aurangzeb ought to spare the government lessons on this.

Photo shoot for a good cause

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has, according to Daily Jang (20 January 2020) expressed her dismay over her “photo shoot” for a good cause being made fun of. She had faced criticism on social media for allegedly pretending to be donating blood in a photo where the syringe was not attached to her arm. Awan took the view that this was a “symbolic” gesture meant to raise awareness for people to donate blood to a good cause, and that it was unfortunate that opponents had made use of it on social media to poke fun at her.


Double posting

Daily Jang (22 January 2020) reported on the case of a single SHO of the police being posted on the same day to two different police-stations at one time. Eventually, one of the two orders was cancelled, but not before social media users were greatly amused by the mix-up.