Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra was caught violating SOPs himself and the trolling is next level.
The deadly third wave of the pandemic has tightened its grip on the South Asian region. With the number of cases increasing at a rapid rate, the government and the administrative bodies in Pakistan are trying their best to ensure the practice of SOPs.
Amidst a situation, where the government is trying to make restrictions stricter than before, the health minister of KP, Taimur Khan Jhagra was caught openly violating SOPs
Basically, the Minister was a part of an overly crowded iftari. It was said that it was an event planned at a grand scale thus the number of attendees was a very large figure. The pictures from the iftari show that the SOPs were not followed at all and most importantly, the law enforcement agencies were not seen around trying to implement the SOPs.
On April 19, the overall tally of Covid-19 cases in KP crossed the 100,000 mark. Yesterday, KP Health Minister Taimur Jhagra held a tightly-packed iftar in Peshawar. Was he celebrating the milestone?
No police or military men enforcing SOPs here, of course. pic.twitter.com/2qSnzPwS3j
— Nadeem Farooq Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) April 27, 2021
People rightly called out the Taimur Khan Jhagra for violating SOPs and for not practicing the rules set by his own government and one of the biggest challenges that his own ministry is at the forefront for
— Nasim Zehra (@NasimZehra) April 27, 2021
— Shamal Khan (@iamshamalkhan) April 28, 2021
They demanded strict action to be taken against Taimur Khan Jhagra for violating SOPs and stated that it is disappointing to see the people in power exercising their authority by unfair means
FIR registered against KPK Health Minister Taimur Jhagra and the owner of a restaurant in Peshawar for violating coronavirus standard operating procedures (SOPs) by hosting an iftar party on Monday.
— Syed Ali Aqa (@SyedAliAqa) April 27, 2021
Around a year back When Bajaur DC was transferred to health department, he violated SOPs in his farewell Lunch, jhagra sb reacted, had de notified him and transferred him to another deptt as punishment.
— Adnan khan (@khanadnan22) April 30, 2021
After the intense backlash, Taimur Khan Jhagra responded to the criticism over his SOPs violating with a bizarre excuse
He ended the clarification by stating that he is proud of the awaam who has questioned his actions and he is ready to face the legal consequences of his carelessness.
2. I am proud that this is a government where a sitting minister is expected to face the law, and I will not shy away from the legal process.
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) April 27, 2021
His explanation regarding his careless attitude invited a lot of criticism and trolling
— Uzair Younus عُزیر یُونس (@UzairYounus) April 27, 2021
— FIDA AFRIDI 🇵🇰 (@FIDAAFRIDI999) April 28, 2021
Salam Sheikh. I fell down today and a shawarma with extra tahini fell into my mouth. Also an apple slice and around 3 litres of water. Should I keep fasting or is it Allah who has fed me? https://t.co/0BmU30om2Y
— ظلِ الہٰی (@XilleIlahi) April 28, 2021
— . (@theekhehai) April 28, 2021
People termed it as a lame excuse by Taimur Khan Jhagra over violating SOPs that had nothing to do with reality
He makes it sound like it was more of a kidnap then an invitation to iftar party.
"playing dumb" is the best you could come up with @Jhagra?
Disappointed as he seemed to be a bit reasonable in the lot. https://t.co/vLuVIfmMzR
— Aamir (@aamirtanoli) April 29, 2021
Lame excuse! You should have had the courage to leave the venue, rather than blaming others now, who also happens to be your “close friends”. https://t.co/I0vGsJn6Nx
— Azhar M Khan (@AzharMKhan3) April 29, 2021
Instead of being apologetic, the health minister audaciously pointed out his favorite meme and mentioned that he is thoroughly enjoying the trolling process
Of all the criticism so far, this was my favourite. Touché! https://t.co/AiYDnliFjJ
— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) April 30, 2021
While the government is already having a hard time convincing the people to follow the SOPs, incidents like these give the awam another reason to be careless and follow the footsteps of the politicians. The scary COVID figures from KPK and from the whole country in general, demand stricter restrictions and the need to practice social distancing regularly.
The minister should have realized this and should have known that being a health minister comes with great responsibility. Incidents like these discourage the people who are trying to comply with the SOPs and most importantly, all of this would aggravate the corona situation in the country.
So, what are your thoughts about the issue? Let us know in the comments below.
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