PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has once again become the target of internet trolling – this time for expressing her upset at the high electricity prices in Pakistan.
Earlier, a journalist revealed that he received a phone call from a man who lamented that his electricity bill for only 16 units was Rs. 1000, and urged the journalist to raise the issue with Maryam Nawaz and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Retweeting the story, Maryam Nawaz just wrote “ufff” which is an interjection used in Urdu to convey feelings of extreme disgust, upset, etc. Needless to say, “ufff” has become one of the top Twitter trends in Pakistan as netizens troll Maryam Nawaz and accuse her of “pretending” to care about the plight of the masses with regards to the high electricity bills.
Uffff 😢 https://t.co/VXVrlETqqU
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) September 9, 2022
“How much discount can we have on our electricity bills by showing this tweet to WAPDA? Maryam Nawaz Sharif, please reply to the people. They are eagerly waiting,” journalist Habib Akram tweeted.
— Fazal Abbas (@FazalSamtiah) September 9, 2022
— Dr.AsmaJamil (@DrAsmaAwanpti89) September 9, 2022
— Aqdas Zaman (@aqdaskhan0) September 9, 2022
On the other hand, PTI’s focal person Azhar Mashwani also mocked the PML-N government for allegedly being indifferent toward the back-breaking inflationary pressure on the Pakistani public.
“An easy solution to the inconvenience caused to the public after the 3-fold increase in electricity bills by the Noon-League. Whoever complains about this injustice, just say #Uffff once, and in response, people will reduce their mental stress by swearing,” Azhar Mashwani tweeted.
نون لیگ کی جانب سے بجلی کے بلوں میں 3 گنا اضافے کے بعد عوام کو پہنچنے والی تکلیف کا آسان حل ۔۔
جو کوئی اس ظلم کی شکایت کرے تو جواباً بس ایک بار #Uffff بولیں
جواب میں عوام گالیاں دے کر خود ہی اپنا ذہنی تناؤ کم کر لے گی
— Azhar Mashwani (@MashwaniAzhar) September 9, 2022
Pakistan is currently facing a situation where making ends meet has become hard for families due to rising inflation, however, the massive Fuel Price Adjustment (FPA) and other taxes on electricity bills had broken people’s backs.
Earlier, electricity customers in several cities across the country came out onto the streets to protest the FPA and other charges in their bills, as their payables had risen to an unsustainable level for them. Protestors also burned their bills.