Twitter, with providing a voice to everyone equally, can present an image of a hot battleground as well and often it does happen. Things do get a little out of control.
Same happened when famed singer Ali Zafar tried to tell Imran Khan about the ‘timings’ of talking about a national issue.
Khan tweeted talking about Pakistan’s failing economy. He shared how, in his opinion, Nawaz Sharif’s and Dar’s money laundering and how the failed strategies have impacted Pakistan. Here is what he said:
As if Sharifs' & Dar's crime of money laundering & corruption had not taken enough of a toll on the country's economy, the disastrous policies of Dar have led to the rapid fall of rupee value over the last few months, piling up the mountain of external debt for Pakistani nation
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 20, 2018
Responding to it, Ali Zafar said that timings about talking about issues like this matter and should be considered. He said that this wasn’t an appropriate day to talk about the topic, as the whole nation is celebrating PSL. He further said that being a cricketing hero himself, Khan should be supportive towards the event, teams and the participants. He said that Imran Khan should ‘participate’ in the atmosphere of joy and celebration that can be felt with cricket coming home. Here is what Ali Zafar said in response to Khan’s tweet:
Sir, we do love you for your efforts for the country but perhaps “timing” on issues matters? On a day nation celebrates cricket we do expect you (as our cricket hero) to appreciate, if not participate in the joy and sentiment of the country that comes with cricket coming home 🙂 https://t.co/7RGDkVb4VU
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 20, 2018
Ironic enough, Khan had already released the statement about it and shared his sentiments on PSL, extending warm wishes to the players. That too, before Ali Zafar’s statement.
— PTI (@PTIofficial) March 20, 2018
Needless to say, people were quite unforgiving. They told Ali Zafar that he is an entertainer while Khan is a leader, who has more important things to worry about. Also, people kept referring to the fact that Khan has already issued a statement regarding PSL. Here is how Twitterati responded to Ali Zafar’s advice to Imran Khan:
Mr Ali Zafar today is the most appropriate day to highlight the grave economic situation Pakistan is facing. We would appreciate if you would leave film, music etc at least for one day & think about the poor people suffering due to the economic mess created by our corrupt rulers.
— Dr. Naseer Ahmed (@NahmedCA) March 20, 2018
This shows your disconnect with what is happening outside entertainment. Imran khan is a politician. Dollar surge to 115 today. That is why he is talking about it. Imran khan is not just a cricketing hero he is a politician, philanthropist and educationalist.
— Sarmad saleem (@iamsarmad) March 20, 2018
Ali zafar are you supporting and working for PSL for free.
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@maryamnawaztrol) March 20, 2018
He didn't say anything about cricket coming home. What is wrong with you? When whole nation is busy in match, he is the one who is still worried about the country. 😔
— S. (@Jannat_Imam) March 20, 2018
Nonsense Ali. He's a leader, he has better things to do (for example voicing his concerns over the country's failing economy) than commenting on T20 leagues.
— Annie Khan (@AnnieKhan29) March 20, 2018
Believe me no one takes dictations here. No one tolerate personal attacks. Imrankhan deserve huge applause fr listening all kind of "sunehry mashwary" to extreme personal stuff n unfair, unjustified things. Try to give him space plz. Stop dictating.
— fouzia iftikhar (@fouziaiftikhar) March 20, 2018
Dear you are a kid who belongs to entertainment industry. Whereas he is a leader worried for the future of the nation. PSL is your domain,not his. He is doing more important job and much needed one. He is fighting for our coming generations. Help him if you can. Stay blessed.
— شهزاد اقبال (@drshahzad245) March 20, 2018
Cant quiet comprehend the basis of ur tweet 🤔🤔Cricket coming back in Pakistan doesn’t mean that he stops exposing these thieves!! Wat he is doing is substantial in the broader scheme of things…
— Bilal Tariq (@BilalT12345) March 20, 2018
In a country where every Pakistani now owes more than Rs 120,000 per year due to the incompetence of the Govt, one cannot ignore this fact and brush it under the carpet because of a cricket match. Enjoy the game but also know the harsh facts.
— Faisal Khan (@FaisalKhan205) March 20, 2018
ali is high ! whats wrong he is right and only one fighting with corrupt mafia who finished our 3 genarations – he is fighting against the fail system – please support him and respect
— Long Live Pakistan (@Sharjeelale) March 20, 2018
It's called TUNNEL VISION…there are bigger issues for Pakistan than Cricket Ali…and perhaps our HERO @ImranKhanPTI knows better!
— Hafsa Siddique (@Hafffsa) March 20, 2018
Or han cricket is not above country ok….imran khan is struggling for this country.
— Ayesha Baig (@AyeshaB06673689) March 20, 2018
Dollar is on 115 what do you suggest for our economy ? A new song may be helpful i guess
— Bilal Shahid (@s9iper1) March 20, 2018
Ali bhai! Khan has many important things to do than to enjoy cricket, let him do his duty & lets enjoy good cricket on our land & celebrate
— CommonerPTI (@noahalishah) March 20, 2018
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