Zartaj Gul’s new definition of Covid-19 goes viral
Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul.–File photo
Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul’s definition of Covid-19 on a live show on a news channel triggered a trend on Twitter on Sunday.
On Sunday evening, #Zartajgul was trending on number 2 with 6,846 tweets in reaction to her definition of Covid-19 on the talk show.
Speaking on a PTV News programme with host Syed Anwar-ul-Hassan, Zartaj Gul defined Covid-19 in these words: “Covid-19 means it has 19 points and these points apply to different countries in different ways. [It’s up to that country] how it develops its immunity.”
In response to Zartaj Gul’s remarks, Twitter users stormed the social networking platform with funny comments, some criticising her for her “incompetence” and some “for her selection on the basis of her good looks”. Here are some of the tweets from her critics:
This year 2020 is because it has 20 months...#Zartajgul— Khurram Ansari (@khurram143) June 21, 2020
5G means 5 Gears Network #Zartajgul— Artat Zafar (@iartat) June 21, 2020
However, some known talk show hosts and other people came forward in support of Zartaj Gul. Some defended her being a woman and some defended her remarks just as a human error. Here are some tweets from those who spoke in the state minister’s support.
Hit @zartajgulwazir because she is vulnerable? Because she is a woman? Has she been corrupt? Has she been mean to someone? Has she played dirty politics? Sometimes, we need to give a break to targeted propaganda. She has apologised on her twitter account. Abb kia karain woh?— Fe'reeha@ abbtakk (@Fereeha) June 21, 2020
Zartaj has been one of the most inspiring force for a lot of women who want to join politics, updight, straight forward, and courageous! Whether you like her or not one can say middle class family se aik aurat ai aur wo Pak ki soyasat pe chaa gai. Humans make mistakes! https://t.co/xPC8ckgtjP— Shiffa Z. Yousafzai (@Shiffa_ZY) June 21, 2020
#Zartajgul has not committed sin or crime. She has made a mistake which we usually commit in daily life. She is far far better than corrupt elite who has looted Pakistan. Therefore, concentrate on those who have committed crimes of destroying Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/JJJy0m59aR— Erum Mushtaqツ💕 (@MushtaqErum) June 21, 2020
#zartajgul comes from a middle class Family, fought the status quo, CONTESTED against former President Laghari’s son an established feudal & WON. She isn’t a doctor. Works 18 hours a day. Made a mistake & is being ridiculed. Stop bullying. #standwithzartajgul #TweetLikeZartaj pic.twitter.com/veKYKQMWHa— San’a Mir (@SanaMirTweets) June 21, 2020