The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai recently gave a bizarre statement in a Press conference saying doctors and engineers used to sell pakoray in Khyber Bazar before the PTI government came in power. People weren’t quite expecting such impudent comment coming from a public figure like him. The video clip soon started surfacing the local internet and ignited heated conversations on social media.
During a recent press conference, Shaukat Yousafzai said doctors and engineers used to sell pakoray before PTI’s tenure
The ex Health Minister went on saying “dekhyn yeh credit bhi tau PTI ko jata hai naa k itne doctors bharti kiye hein, pehle tau saare berozgar the, pakoray nahi bechtay the? Ap ko nahi pata? Pakoray nahi bechtay the Khyber bazar mein engineers, doctors? Jab hum aayen tau Allah ke fazal se 4-5 hazaar doctor bharti kiye”.
— Abrar Ahsan (@AbrarAhsanK) October 3, 2019
Doctors and engineers certainly didn’t seem quite happy with Shaukat Yousafzai mocking their profession like this
In a society where more than half of the professionals are either doctors or engineers, such disparaging remarks came out entirely offensive to most people. People strongly condemned such a belittling remark from him and demanded his public apology immediately.
@SAYousafzaiPTI has no right to disgrace a noble profession, Engineering. You owe us an apology. Your choice of words disrespected us in every possible way. I request the worthy PM @ImranKhanPTI to take a strict action towards the misuse of language. #SaySorryToEngineers
— Zainab (@Zainab_h_khan) October 2, 2019
And how could Pakistanis miss the chance for trolls? They trolled him back by LITERALLY celebrating Pakora day
Doctors in Peshawar Khyber Medical College celebrating ‘Pakoraa day’ 😂after Provincial Minister of Information, KP, Shaukat Yousafzai said that doctors before PTI government used to sell pakoras in Khyber Bazar before PTI govt. provided thousands of unemployed doctors with jobs pic.twitter.com/eRSYDCtcRr
— Shiffa Z. Yousafzai (@Shiffa_ZY) October 2, 2019
— Mazhar Qasaab (@ma_zh_ar) October 3, 2019
— Musa Kaleem Ullah (@Musa6067) October 3, 2019
His troll badly backfired as people trolled back Shaukat Yousafzai with their witty remarks
ٹیچر نے کہا جہالت پر روشنی ڈالو
میں نے shaukat yousafzai کو کھڑا کر کے لائٹ آن کر دی 😂
— Dr.Shamimullah Orakzai (@Shamimullah101) October 2, 2019
— Wakandanistan 🙅🏾♂️🙅🏽♂️🙅♂️🙅🏼♂️ (@Sultanahmadktk) October 2, 2019
Bandar k haath mein machis di he hm ne yeh log puray mulk ko aag laga kr chorengay
— Shahid Khan (Yousafzay) (@being_pakhtoon) October 1, 2019
پکوڑے بھیجنےوالےانجنیئرز کو بی آر ٹی پشاور میں بھرتی کرنے پر کے پی گورنمنٹ کے شکر گزار ہیں اس صدقہ جاریہ کے بدلے یہ انجنیئرز حکومت کو بہت جلد پکوڑے بھیجنے پر مجبور کرینگے😜
#SaySorryToEngineers@IqraHashmi786 @ayazahmedmir @SyedmusaddiqSy4 @aqeela_dr @MalaikaShakil @momikhan22 pic.twitter.com/U9kOiIN5nG
— SALMAN KHAN (@s_khan557) October 2, 2019
People even recalled that one time people had a good laugh at Shaukat for another press conference
Earlier this year, Shaukat Yousafzai, the then KPK minister for health, conducted a press conference to have a detailed discussion about a few sensitive issues like population planning.
The video clips and screenshots of the session surfaced on the internet and had a Snapchat cat filter on them. Here’s the video:
KPK Government’s Social media team forgot to turn off the cat filter while live streaming a press conference on Facebook 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/TFD8Z6iOF8
— اسد (@quarks005) June 14, 2019
People took the chance to drag that blooper back into the banter
— aziz wazir🚩 (@AzizPashteen1) October 2, 2019
LOOOL fair enough
ham ny to kabhi nahi kaha ky shaukat yousafzai iss sy pehli billi thi. pic.twitter.com/AWz2glHxwc
— Ilyas Muhammad (@imkhan4582) October 2, 2019
— Farhan Ali (@farhan_ali42) October 2, 2019
The remarks not only offended Doctors engineers but discriminated actual pakora sellers too; and people were here to raise voice for them
Besides Doctors and Engineers, the professional vendors who quite literally sell samosas and pakoras for their livelihood also deserve to be addressed respectfully.
People were quick to realize the fact that these hard-workers were far better because of their mehnat and their professionalism shouldn’t be demeaned.
The comments by Mr. Yousafzai faced a lot of criticism from doctors to engineers and even people from other professions who channeled their anger into a celebration.
Public officials are the ones who are the most prone to criticism. They should be more considerate and careful about what they share with their audience and choose their words carefully.
Will you be celebrating the pakora day too? What do you think about the whole fiasco? Let us know everything in the comments below.