Abdul Hafeez Shaikh sahab humein bhi yeh walay tamatar dein
People have been clinging onto the idea of ‘Naya’ Pakistan in the hope that this time, the people leading the nation are more aware of what a common Pakistani citizen is going through in the tough times that have clouded the prosperity of this nation. However, In one way or another, some of the present-government politicians and officials seem to never miss a chance to give people the opportunity to troll them for their statements.
Prime Minister’s adviser on finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh just stated that Tomatoes are being sold at Rs. 17 per kilo
Whilst on camera, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Finance, Hafeez Shaikh claimed that tomatoes were being sold as low as Rs. 17 per kilogram in the Karachi wholesale vegetable market.
As soon as he said that, the reporter immediately let out a shocked ‘WHAT!” and then proceeded to ask Mr. Shaikh which wholesale market he was referring to. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, in the video, casually goes on to say, “aap Jayein Phir…” followed by inaudible conversation and a man stating that he had bought tomatoes with the rate of Rs. 300 per kilogram as per latest rates today.
Tomatoes are being sold for as low as Rs17 per kilogram in the Karachi wholesale vegetable market, says Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Hafeez Shaikhhttps://t.co/2edC9eZfli pic.twitter.com/xw9SgFeb0H
— Dawn.com (@dawn_com) November 11, 2019
Immediately after the video went viral, people couldn’t help but troll Mr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh
Tomatoes Rs 17 per kilo
— An Individual (@GlobalAnalyzer) November 11, 2019
People also mentioned that Abdul Hafeez Shaikh wasn’t the only politician to make such a blunder
Reminiscing about the previous blunder-statements made by other politicians, people mentioned how Fawad Chaudhry also said that Imran Khan’s helicopter ride to work costs just Rs. 55 and ended up being the joke of the day! LMAO
If a helicopter can fly for Rs-50/Per Km than
Why can't tomatoes be sold for Rs-17/ per kg?😂 https://t.co/kHqC0IAaHM
— Emran Brohi (@ibrohi31) November 12, 2019
They also called out Mr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh for being the top finance person of the country and not even knowing the general trend of necessities
In the world outside of ‘where Mr. Shaikh lives’, the tomatoes are being sold within a price range of Rs. 200 per kg to Rs. 350 per kg.
"Yesterday I bought 5kg tomatoes from Sabzi Mandi I-11 for Rs.1200 which is Rs.240/kg. While according to Hafeez sheikh tomatoes are being sold for Rs.17/kg ! Sir either show me that Mandi or the drug u r on,” another consumer tweeted https://t.co/CO0VZHE4zv
— Munir Kohistani (@MunirKohistani) November 12, 2019
Even the reporter in the video couldn’t help but exclaim that he had bought tomatoes at the price of Rs. 300 per kg on the same day when Shaikh sahab had confidentially stated the Rs. 17 per kg rate for the essential food item.
Naya heights of denial.
— Molly Gambhir (@MollyGambhir) November 12, 2019
When country’s finance minister claims tomatoes are selling for Rs 17 per kilo while in reality min selling price that day was Rs 220, then need we say more about the finance team’s disconnect with the real lives of the ordinary people. Stick to IMF deals sir, people be damned
— Mohammad Malick (@MalickViews) November 12, 2019
Naturally, Pakistanis have started coming up with hilarious jokes about the situation
I'm not available in Rs.17 ? actually they not knowing about poor man problems they doesn't know about today vegetable, Meat, flour price, pic.twitter.com/odGJmMT9El
— Syed Shahab Ali (@SyedShahabAli11) November 12, 2019
When gf says she is home alone ?
When Hafiz Sheikh tells Tomatoes are Rs 17 / kg pic.twitter.com/ABo2U2pLXX
— عمران (@stplceo) November 12, 2019
Some people also exclaimed that such statements coming consistently from Government officials only reveal their own incompetence
Of course, This statement by Mr. Shaikh does not give the population of Pakistan the confidence, that the government officials of Pakistan are actually standing beside them.
It’s an irony that the advisor on finance doesn’t know abt the rising prices. His lack of information & saying that the tomatoes are being sold at Rs 17 per kilo just shows how oblivious the rulers are about the plight of the ppl who have been hit hard by massive inflation.
— Abdul Majeed Khan Marwat (@koolkopper) November 12, 2019
Our finance minster @a_hafeezshaikh ( special advisor to prime minster says tomato 🍅 are Rs.17/kg , now imagine what else they know about Pakistan and it’s people , that’s why imported and unelected people should never be allowed to play with our lives pic.twitter.com/jNRqVLvM74
— Dr.SAHIB DAD KHAN (@sahibdadkhan) November 11, 2019
Statements like this are rather concerning because they reveal the level of detachment our so-called “elected representatives” have about the predicaments of the average person in the country.
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