No, it was not the prime minister...
Pakistan searched the most for the big cricket events in 2020, which will go down in recent history as the most epic fail of a year. As you already know, the number 2 most searched word on Google was the C word (Hint: it is linked to vaccine).
Every year Uncle Google treats us to a snapshot of who we are as Pakistan. He is too miserly to actually give us real-time trending searches (more important countries get the privilege) but we can pull the top 10 by December when it releases the data.
Much to our surprise, and delight, when we explored the No. 4 most-searched keyword, Google Classroom, across Pakistan’s cities, it turned out to be: Wah! This was followed by the kids in Bhangril, just at the edge of Islamabad. The kids in Quetta searched for Google Classroom the least. When Google put together data for Sindh’s cities, it appears that this was enough to rank it at the top region for this keyword search.
Google Trends will also tell you who was the most-searched name in Pakistan in 2020: the award goes to Marvi Sirmed (with no apologies for her name being misspelled by the awam). She was the most-searched name because of that appalling barrage of abuse she suffered at the hands of drama writer Khalil ur Rahman live on Neo News on March 3. By March 6, someone had leaked her email and cell number (which is a crime called doxxing) and she received threats. Related Google searches reveal just how vile some people’s minds were.
Unfortunately, with the other names on the list, the trend was that Pakistanis were searching for leaked celebrity videos and pictures. One major story was the Uzma Khan one, which involved the offspring of a major developer. The daughter and another woman stormed into Uzma Khan’s house and attacked her and her sister. They were manhandled by their security guards. People shared the video on Twitter. Then Uzma held a press conference in which she explained her side.
As expected, the Turks won Pakistanis over with Ertugrul topping the list of most-searched movies and TV shows in 2020.
We are happy to report that folks in Kanju, a village on the banks of the Swat River, (as Google tells us), searched A LOT for Ertugrul.
Off the beaten track, if we did a random search for keyword trends, Pakistan showed up high for “rape” in 2020.