Pakistani Minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul Wazir has shocked everyone by her understanding of the global pandemic. She has given a unique definition of COVID-19 on the state-run television network, PTV. She appeared in a current affairs show and shared her distinctive knowledge about what 19 in COVID-19 actually means. She said that this virus has 19 points that can be applied to any country in any way and something about developing immunity. It was either a cryptic message which only she and her people could understand or just lack of knowledge like most politicians in this country.
The correct definition of COVID-19 (according to WHO) is stated as an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Scientists are not sure how this works and the vaccine is still under research and debate. Since the outbreak, it has caused around 181,088 infections in Pakistan. More than 3500 people have died and 67,892 are recovered so far.
The pandemic has made everyone’s life miserable by forcing them to limit their activities so that they can protect themselves from infection. In this situation, ignorance from a federal minister is additional pain. Social media users have reacted to this pain in critical, funny, and angry ways.
Be Confident Like Zartaj Gul Wazir
Many have clapped at Wazir’s confidence for speaking without apt knowledge of the disease. She discovered a very important fact about COVID-19 which was not even noted by international authorities responsible for global health.
Hail Climate Change!
Zartaj Gul Wazir’s lack of knowledge about COVID 19 gave social media users a kind of entertainment they crave for. Yes, there were memes coming out of it. Folks started tweeting with hashtag #TweetLikeZartaj and giving similar misinformation. As this user made fun of the minister by saying Germany has many gems (implying the logic of COVID 19 has 19 points).
This Namesake for N-95 Masks
Wonder what she thinks about the N95 mask which is recommended for everyone to wear to be safe from infection?
This user jokingly said that the climate change minister probably thinks that there are 95 holes in the N95 mask. She wasn’t even wearing one which is against the official SOPs; the actual “points” that matter to be safe from this virus.
How Many Points For World Cup 1992?
Apparently she would have uncovered 92 points in the World Cup that Pakistan Cricket Team won while under PM Imran Khan’s captaincy. Here’s the condition of Imran Khan after realizing he could have gotten those 92 points as well.
Zartaj Gul Wazir is not the only government minister who gave social media a field day for her ignorance. Punjab’s Minister for Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid earlier called Lahoris Jahil (ignorant) for not following SOPs. She later apologized for her comments.
Even COVID-19 Seems Confused on This
So this is what COVID 19 would have probably thought after hearing the reason for why it is called so. This Krrish 3 meme sums it up.
A Popular Fighting Jet
Well, Zartaj Gul Wazir blooper really went viral. People were coming with more and more such things that could have been easily taken wrong due to their name.
How Was the Climate Change Department Doing For All This Time?
At this point, Wazir should also give her a definition of the department she works in and the responsibilities it has towards people. Actually it won’t be surprised if she claimed that with her knowledge she will change the climate of Pakistan. The concern that this user has shared seems genuine.
There is literally no hope for Pakistan’s environment to get better if people like these are placed in charge.
Born to Be A Wazir
This user went as far as to say that Zartaj is probably Wazir because her name says so.