The most viral and loved political memes of 2021

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The year 2021 has suffered through a devastating pandemic, skyrocketing inflation, and a deeply polarised political environment in Pakistan. It has been difficult to find hope in these dark times. However, Pakistanis’ indefinite talent of finding humor in the darkest moments has kept their happiness alive.

Throughout 2021, Pakistanis have turned almost everything into a meme – whether it be pandemic-related or politics-related. Political memes have a special place in the hearts of netizens, as they have blessed Pakistanis with endless fits of laughter.

Here are the most awesome political memes of 2021 that took over social media:

Garlic = Adrak, so what’s Ginger?

During a press conference, the federal minister for information and broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry was listing down the prices of food items when he got stuck on the word “garlic”. Searching the room for the Urdu translation of “garlic”, Chaudhry accidentally ended up using the word “adrak”, which means ginger, instead of “lehsan” for garlic.

Twitterati couldn’t ignore the meme-worthy moment. One Twitter user wrote:

All men are the same. They bring coriander leaves when they are told to bring mint leaves and garlic when they are told to bring ginger.

Dance Move of the Year

Amir Liaquat Hussain, an MNA of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has always been in the spotlight for his controversial stunts and statements. These stunts have spawned some hilarious memes over the year.

The politician and television host slithered on the floor dancing like a nagin — a female snake — during a private TV channel’s Ramzan transmission. His moves took the internet by storm.

One Twitter user likened his spirit with young children who groove at wedding events.

 

No pappi; no jhappi – Covid Eid directives issued

With Eid around the corner, there was a general fear, and rightly so, of being infected with coronavirus during family events and gatherings. Government and health experts had advised the public to be vigilant and avoid large gatherings and physical contact. Former special assistant and a senior leader of the PTI, Firdous Ashiq Awan, explained the Covid-19 protocol to abide by relatively simply and effectively. She said:

Na rivayati Eid ki jhappiyan hongi aur nah pappiyan hongi. (There will be no traditional hugs and kisses on Eid).

Twitter was quick to take note and abide by the advice:

What did the President tweet?

Former US president Donald J Trump had his “covfefe” moment, but Pakistan President Arif Alvi had an “M” moment.

We all remember the time when we accidentally pressed “send” or when we sat on our phones as it typed away. It seems like the president had a similar accident when he mistakenly posted a thread of tweets typing the words “M”, “H”, and “Mum mmu”.

Even Alvi’s son, Awab Alvi, saw the funny side in the president’s “gibberish pocket tweeting,” which he said had created a nationwide “Twitter crisis”.

The National Assembly ruckus

It is not unusual for parliamentarians to lose their cool on the floor of the house. This year, unrest erupted in the National Assembly as soon as Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif started speaking to the lower house during a budget session.

Soon after his speech, a commotion broke out on the house floor, with some lawmakers standing on their desks while others tore copies of the financial budget.

Twitterati decided to have some fun in the madness.

One Twitter user compared the disturbance to her own family events.

Another joked that this is exactly why Pakistan needed “lighter budgets”.

During the turmoil, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari could also be seen shouting “chor” (thief) at Opposition members, which reminded this Twitter user of his mother.

 

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