'Where are we heading as a nation?'
Photos of British High Commissioner Christian Turner cleaning the trash in Islamabad are doing the rounds on social media.
“Another Friday morning walk, another two bags of litter,” Christian tweeted, posting photos showing himself carrying large plastic bags. “Cleanliness is half of faith.”
— Christian Turner (@CTurnerFCDO) May 7, 2021
The diplomat’s photos were widely appreciated, but some people pointed out that it was a shame that a foreigner had to pick trash in the country’s capital. Hamza Shafqaat, the Islamabad deputy commissioner, left Twitter surprised after he praised Christian and commented: “Great.”
Hamza was criticised by many people, who remarked it was indeed shameful that someone from a different country had to clean a city that is the public officials’ responsibility. Hamza later defended his tweet by saying that it was “grossly misunderstood”.
This comment is grossly misunderstood. I was just appreciating the efforts of @CTurnerFCDO to keep Islamabad clean. I would request everyone to not litter in forests. It is everyone’s responsiblity to keep their surroundings clean. https://t.co/1gdhwiai8C
— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) May 7, 2021
Wasim Akram called it an embarrassment and questioned where Pakistan is heading as a nation.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 7, 2021
“Now this is really embarrassing,” he said. “And thanks to Mr Turner for doing this almost every week.”
Wasim and his wife Shaniera have been vocal about climate change and poor solid waste management, especially in Karachi. Shaniera called out hospitals and authorities concerned after medical waste and plastic washed up on the shore in Karachi.