How Momina Mustehsan And Shireen Mazari's Epic Twitter Battle Became The Biggest Pakistani Internet Moment Of The Year

By Sarmad Amer | 23 Oct, 2018

It was the most ambitious crossover in Pakistani internet history, ever. A celebrity singer and a Federal Minister battling over a movie song from 1969 and what followed was a vicious manifestation of Pakistani social media. Everyone was in on it and everyone was taking sides. So sit back, pop open a bag of popcorn and get ready for the complete breakdown on the battle of the year, from last night.


What started it was a tweet from Shireen, sharing her opinion about how she found the Coke Studio version of ‘Ko Ko Korina‘, sung by Ahad Raza Mir and Momina Mustehsan


And then Momina responded to it

To be fair to her, she had been seeing an intense backlash, brutal trolling, jokes and memes about how bad the cover was for most of the weekend and given her past struggles with fame and ability to take criticism, Shireen’s tweet may have just been a breaking point for her.


Mrs. Mazari did not appreciate her office being called into question by Momina for a personal opinion


In response, Momina made the terrible choice of quoting Uncle Ben from Spiderman 🤦🏽‍♂️

Why, Momina? Of all the people in the world, Uncle Ben? Especially when you know how sensitive these Marvel fanbois are


Khair, what followed can only be termed a fiasco, with literally everyone tearing apart every single word said by Momina


For many, it was even surprising how a singer ended up uniting people from across the political spectrum behind Shireen Mazari

And that’s because the song was indeed terrible (and it wasn’t just because of Momina).


Shireen’s daughter, the ever vocal Imaan Mazari, also came to her mother’s defence


And of course, ever the mansplainer, Wajbro AKA Wajahat S Khan, of the infamous Mahaaz TV show just had to tell the ladies to “calm down” because if he hadn’t how else would this feud end?


Many a curious souls also wanted to know what MangoBaaz has to say about this feud and how it’ll come to Momina’s defence



So let’s get into it, shall we?

First of all, the song was bad. There’s no two ways about it. But it wasn’t just because of Momina. Ahad Raza Mir was equally responsible for his more-than-terrible vocals but the primary responsibility lies on Zohaib Kazi and Ali Hamza for choosing to do the cover, in the first place.

Source: Coke Studio

The original from the movie Armaan in 1969 has become a classic with many amateur music teachers making this classic a permanent fixture in everyone’s minds by singing it during every random “musical evening” so people have developed an association with it. There are memories attached to such classics and doing a cover for something like this is always going be tricky. Therefore, it was not an advisable choice to change up the song too much.


Now, about all the talk about cyber bullying that people are saying Momina claimed is happening against her

She says she didn’t claim she was being cyber bullied by Shireen Mazari. However what she did say to Shireen was that “[i]n a time when we’re trying to curb cyber-bullying and hate speech, please don’t fuel it further”. So technically while she did not say Shireen was bullying her she did say Shireen was possibly fueling it. Potato, potato?


While Shireen only shared her personal opinion on a song – an opinion that didn’t have anything to do with her office – her Twitter is used to share all kinds of opinions. To separate her personal from her professional is as difficult as claiming Donald Trump’s Twitter is his personal space and not something that holds weight because of the position he holds.

In conclusion, Shireen did not bully Momina in her first tweet because she only shared her personal opinion about Coke Studio. Momina should not have responded to her but after Momina responded what followed was the most severe form of cyber bullying against her. For Pakistanis to do that is completely uncalled for.


Meanwhile, Ahad Raza Mir is doing this


Waheed Murad’s Son Just Said Coke Studio Is Run By ‘Idiots’ After They Ruined “Ko Ko Korina”



15 Coke Studio Songs That Are Actually Pretty Good, To Help You Forget “Ko Ko Korina”

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