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Video of PTI’s MNA Sadaqat Abbasi giving Rs.500 to volunteers goes viral

Sadaqat Abbasi came under fire on social media for giving a group of men only Rs.500. Following the backlash, Sadaqat Abbasi issued a clarification on his viral video. He said that he gave Rs.500 to the volunteers who were buying water bottles with their own money.

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Video of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf’s MNA, Sadaqat Abbasi, giving money to volunteers goes viral on social media. The video shows Sadaqat Abbasi giving a note of Rs.500 to the volunteers distributing water bottles among the stranded tourists in Murree.

Sadaqat Abbasi came under criticism on social media for giving a group of men only Rs.500. Netizens questioned how much those 10 volunteers will get after distributing Rs.500. The MNA was heard appreciating the local men for making efforts to help the tourists.

Following the backlash, Sadaqat Abbasi issued a clarification on his viral video. He said that he gave Rs.500 to the volunteers who were buying water bottles with their own money. Abbasi asserted that he did not want to take the water bottle for free but he paid them. He said he asked the volunteers to buy more water bottles from that money.

Boycott Murree

Earlier, netizens called for the boycott of Murree as they hold hotel owners responsible for the recent deaths. Netizens slammed the hotel owners on social media for increasing the prices of their services despite the emergency in Murree.

Read more: What can be learnt from Murree incident and how we can avoid such incidents?

Around 21 people died in their cars while being stranded on the roads leading to Murree owing to the snowstorm. Thousands of tourists also remained stranded during the snowstorm. As a result, the government announced an emergency while deploying Pakistan Army for rescue and speedy evacuation.

Fortunately, roads started to clear and over 500 families were rescued. However, reports emerged that the hotel & shop owners exploited the situation. They doubled the prices for hotel rooms as helpless families turned to them to escape the snowstorm. The families requested them to reduce the prices but the hotel owners refused. Left with no choice, many families slept in their cars which resulted in the death of 21 people, including 10 children.

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