Federal, Sindh ministers lock in ‘Imperial’ clash on Twitter

By: News Desk      Published: 02:58 PM, 1 Aug, 2021
Federal, Sindh ministers lock in ‘Imperial’ clash on Twitter
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Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and Minister for Information in PPP-led Sindh government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah have indulged in an “Imperial” clash on Twitter. 

The Twitter squabble started between the two leaders when Mr Umar tweeted in response to PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s press conference supporting the Sindh government decision to impose lockdown in the province. 

Asad Umar while opposing the Sindh government’s lockdown decision, reminded Mr Bilawal in his tweet yesterday: “Remember Mr Zardari, last year you told me in a meeting that you believed in the Imperial study which had predicted 78,000 deaths in Pakistan in a single day. This is obviously a subject that you do not understand very well. Please do not politicize the Covid response.” 

Umar further wrote: “Strategy based on PM Imran Khan’s vision of protecting both lives and livelihoods, produced dramatically superior results. Indian economy had the worst year since independence and Pakistan economy grew 4%. At the same time, Indian per capita Covid mortality is 3 times higher than Pakistan.” 

The interesting situation emerges when PPP provincial Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah misunderstood Mr Umar’s “Imperial” study and confused it with “empirical” (study based on observation or experience rather than theory) study. 

He quickly turned to his Twitter account and reminded Mr Umar that he should use the word “Empirical” instead of “imperial”.

Mr Shah tweeted: “Please correct it. Actual word is empirical study. Thanks.” 

“First know the correct terminology then tweet please,” he further wrote.

This misunderstanding of the PPP leader must have amused Mr Umar who wrote back on Twitter and mockingly told Mr Shah: “It is not your fault. My tweet was in English. Dear brother, Imperial is the name of a university which has compiled the favourite report of Bilawal.”

So the “Imperial” and “Empirical” understanding of the minister gave twitteratis a good laugh.

Cherry on the top

Google wasn’t left behind to add more fun to an already comic situation by making a hilarious translation of Mr Umar’s Urdu words for “dear brother” as “Brother John.”

Google’s translation became an epitome of the humorous situation.