#BoycottUAE trends in Pakistan as netizens forget country's debts to UAE

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India May 20, 2020, 09.15 PM(IST) Edited By: Palki Sharma

File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Pakistan foreign ministry is fighting an embezzlement case within the country with even the health ministry being accused of corruption

#BoycottUAE was trending in Pakistan on Tuesday because Turkey said so! Pakistan's Twitter users jumped on Turkey's bandwagon as a result the hashtag started trending.

Turkey is growing more assertive and wants to stamp its authority in Libya. Some Turkey-based Twitter accounts decided to slam the UAE for its growing support to Libya. Some of the more creative ones began highlighting the strengthening relationship between India and the UAE.

The hashtag soon reached Pakistan and netizens there didn't understand the trend much. All they saw was that this trend mentioned India. So they unleashed a tweet storm.

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Pakistan's keyboard warriors ensured that hashtag boycott UAE becomes the top trend. What they forgot was their government's outstanding debts to the UAE. Pakistan owes billions of dollars to the United Arab Emirates. 

Time and again it has sought financial assistance packages from the country. Besides China, UAE has been one of the main avenues for Pakistan to seek bailouts. A fact that has now turned into a national embarrassment for Pakistan.

A series of reality checks were given by social media influencers in Pakistan. Reality checks about how those trending this hashtag would themselves will not be able to repay this debt, even if they sell their body parts.

A debt which the Pak government too will find tough to repay. No matter how many embassy buildings it sells. A couple of years back Pakistan foreign ministry officials sold their embassy buildings in Jakarta and Tokyo.

These officials received kickbacks. The National Accountability Bureau of Pakistan has now revived a corruption case against these officials.

Pakistan foreign ministry is fighting an embezzlement case within the country with even the health ministry being accused of corruption.

A health minister to be precise, Dr Zafar Mirza, the special assistant to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on health. The man who once smuggled 20 million masks out of Pakistan. PM Imran Khan has finally decided to curtail his authority to make financial decisions.

There has been another scam --- this time in the import of vitamin tablets. So, Dr Zafar Mirza has been instructed to send all summaries involving any financial matters to the prime minister henceforth.

But he won't be fired, Imran Khan is only adjusting corruption. Pakistan's own house is in mess.

Pakistan's keyboard warriors keep bringing to life more amounts of the mess.