In the constant state of political unrest and turmoil that our country is in, parties are constantly trying to one-up each other. Whether it is showering Eidi money from airplanes down on people, promising the khatma of bijli by the end of next year or even distributing blenders and food processors to flood affected people, politicians don’t stop at anything to try proving themselves to be better and more loved than the others.
In this tussle of showing political power, the Pakistan People’s Party decided that they wanted to do something that had never been done before
For the 1st time in #Pakistan #PPP will be using hologram technology! At various locations across the country, today & over the course of the next few days – my holographic invitations for #PPPs 50th foundation day will be shown. #50yearsofPPP #WeMakeHistory #WeAreTheTrendSetters
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) November 21, 2017
Bhutto Junior-est announced that he would be addressing different venues all over the country in jalsas via hologram
— Abdul Wahab (@AbdulWa70658358) November 21, 2017
Now we’ve seen this before with Tupac concerts
And Michael Jackson tributes
But we haven’t really seen holograms during political gatherings and rallies in Pakistan
— Adnan Shaikh (@pppps105news) November 21, 2017
People were quick to put up possible images from the rallies
جیے بلاول بھٹو pic.twitter.com/iuoT9PpPWM
— Noman Sarfraz Abbasi (@NomanSarfraz6) November 21, 2017
And there were those showering their party’s leader with love
bless you Mr chairman..
— Raja Abdur Rehman (@RajaAbdurRehman) November 22, 2017
However, there were also people who weren’t impressed and brought up other issues prevalent in Sindh
Sharam kro buchay bhook say mar rahay hain aur tm yeh chonchlay bazi main lgay ho
— Zeeshan Pervez Khan (@ZeeshanPervezK1) November 22, 2017
And those who were questioning his capabilities as a leader
Asli Leader awam ke dermiyan rehta hai… technology ke peechay naheen chupta…
— eeSHuu (@professornewton) November 22, 2017
Some even brought his father, Asif Ali Zardari, into the conversation
O man, o sorry.. boy .. its really good for you. now u & ur dad doesn't need to come to Pakistan. Become PM, stay in Dubai and rule by hologram. How sweet. Much needed technology for PPP
— Mubashar Khan (@moobykhan) November 22, 2017
There were obvious accusations of the party using the money, that was intended for health, education and food in Sindh, for holograms
bro do not waste money ours and yours on this .
instead focus on basic health ,edu and food for ppl of sindh.. Must acknowledge poor show of governance ppp has shown in recent years.. do compare with kpk and punjab ..
— ……. (@Zip1947) November 22, 2017
There was this response, but we’re still trying to figure out whether this is serious or sarcastic
— Farida Shereen (@farida_shereen) November 22, 2017
Some people pointed out the fact that PPP is technically not the first party to have introduced the technology to Pakistan
Dear Billo Zardari you are late JKT has already started this ??
From songs to lightning of mobile lights PTI is the only trendsetter ? pic.twitter.com/TRrdgTBQjN
— Nomy Sahir (@Nomysahir) November 21, 2017
More connections were drawn, and at this point, it seemed like people were drawing comparisons just for the sake of it
what is this holographic thing are u related to Freemasons or illuminati
— irfanali (@irfank777) November 22, 2017
PML-N (we’re presuming) was also dragged into the thread
Good job done. Teach the gongloos also but they need education first
— Munawer (@Munawersoofi) November 22, 2017
And people had genuine concerns about issues of more importance to the people, especially since Sindh’s waste disposal crisis has been increasingly getting worse
Have you provided waste disposal services in sindh before hologram? ?
— Ahmed Khan (@mahmed53) November 22, 2017
Brother we will feel happy on your trends if you will make sure not a single Kid will die in thar with https://t.co/3Za5kJVlQf and hospital services ,Police stations reform without political interference ,No more killing on Jirga bakwas wadera system, etc waiting for your trend ?
— Jahanzeb khan (@Jahanze12211600) November 21, 2017
People definitely weren’t letting the PTI thing go
— IQ*** (@IQ042177) November 21, 2017
And obvious jokes were cracked
I will cast my vote by hologram.
— q (@Buttarifsanaula) November 21, 2017
Some were hard hitting
Bilawal too scared to appear in person at rallies due to poor numbers so will appear as a hologram haha
— ملکMalik (@Malik__73) November 21, 2017
And some were just hopeful/less
— Sajid Iqbal (@Saj_Ranaz) November 21, 2017
But fun was had with Bilawal’s hologram announcement
Sindh main 9 saal se PPP hologram hee toh dikha rahi hai:
-Hologram Roti Kapda Makan
-Khi main hologram safai
-Thar main hologram pani
-Aqliaton ka hologram tahaffuz
-Bachon ke liye Hologram schools
-Naujawanon ke liye Hologram naukrian aur
-Mareezon ke liye hologram hospitals
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) November 22, 2017
All in all, while the Twitter-nation did not receive Bilawal’s holographic news too well, we’re yet to see if this trick worked in pulling in crowds to watch Bilawal speak to his party workers and followers.
Cover image via: dawn.com