Khaqan Shahnawaz shocked by people's 'hypocrisy' after controversial earthquake joke

Maheen Khawaja 11:10 PM | 23 Mar, 2023
Khaqan Shahnawaz shocked by people's 'hypocrisy' after controversial earthquake joke
Source: Khaqan Shahnawaz (Instagram)
Khaqan Shahnawaz shocked by people's 'hypocrisy' after controversial earthquake joke
Khaqan Shahnawaz shocked by people's 'hypocrisy' after controversial earthquake joke
Khaqan Shahnawaz shocked by people's 'hypocrisy' after controversial earthquake joke

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit parts of Pakistan on March 21, resulting in loss of nine lives and injuries to 44 people. The quake lasted for over 30 seconds and left many, including celebrities, shaken.

Several artists took to social media to express their shock at the severity of the situation. However, YouTuber and actor Khaqan Shahnawaz used the opportunity to make a tasteless joke, which he shared online. The video mocked the people affected by the earthquake, and it drew a lot of criticism from the public. Consequently, Shahnawaz deleted the clip.

He later issued a statement on Instagram, calling out the "hypocrisy" of his followers. He noted that people laugh at things like rape jokes, 9/11 and antisemitic jokes, but they can't tolerate an earthquake joke. He apologised for hurting people's feelings and added that it was their right to criticise him. Nevertheless, he found the hypocrisy astonishing.

The earthquake occurred on Tuesday evening around 9:50 pm and lasted for more than 30 seconds. It was felt in a vast region, from central Asia to New Delhi in India, which is over 2,000 km away. The tremors were felt by around 285 million people across Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

Officials from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province reported that nine individuals, including two women and two children, had lost their lives in the quake.

Shahidullah Khan, a senior government official, told the media that at least 180 individuals suffered minor injuries across the province and were taken to various hospitals.

Maheen Khawaja
Maheen Khawaja

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 8, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 08, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 300 303
Euro EUR 319 322
UK Pound Sterling GBP 371 375
U.A.E Dirham AED 82.6 83.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 79 79.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.46 767.46
Canadian Dollar CAD 227 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.09 41.49
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 1.98 2.06
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 928.09 937.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 222.5 225
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.65
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.35
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 9, 2023

Gold Rate Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 227,250 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs194,830.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs178,593 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 208,311.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 227,250 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 227,250 PKR 2125

Daily Pakistan diligently monitors and updates the current gold rates in Pakistan on a daily basis


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