Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Zartaj Gul once again become the target of social media users after she marked General Zia-ul-Haq’s death anniversary as his birthday.
Zartaj Gul, during an appearance on a private TV channel, said former president Gen Zia-ul-Haq was born on August 17 — when, in fact, he was assassinated on this date.
The anchor and Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab burst into laughter while Latif shook his head. “For God’s sake! Today is August 17. Today’s the day when [Ziaul Haq’s] plane crashed,” Malik reminded Gul.
Zartaj Gul Wazir told lawmaker Mian Javed Latif said, “I want to congratulate Mian Javed Latif for it’s probably the birthday of Gen Zia-ul-Haq — who created this party [the PML-N] — as far as I remember,” the PTI minister said.
Moreover, #Zartajgul is trending on Twitter as she is again the spotlight after a gaffe on national television.
Federal Minister Zartaj Gul says it’s Gen Zia-ul-Haq’s birth anniversary pic.twitter.com/9PGsuHKZBM
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) August 17, 2020
However, despite being corrected, Zartaj tried to save her fumbling sarcastic comment, saying: “Okay, whatever, even if it was an accident, they should celebrate it because he created the party. They should commemorate the anniversary of his martyrdom.”
Earlier in June, Gul was heavily mocked for her views as she gave a novel definition of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“COVID-19 means that it has 19 points that can be applied in any country in any way,” she said during a current affairs show.
The minister took to Twitter a few hours after her video clip started trending on social media, to issue a clarification. “Every day I appear on national TV and speak without a piece of paper (parchi),” she tweeted.
“Wanted to say that the infections effect and intensity vary across different countries. Instead of crying on the situation over a minor mistake, maybe that will be better for them. I am not afraid of criticism, it strengthens me.”