I’m not going to introduce you to a member of The Current today, mostly because I want to introduce her when her video goes on this week. Most of you guys already know who she is since, “Where’s Urooj” is one of the most common messages we get when we go live from our office.
Today we start off the newsletter is what I believe is the most important issue of all. The #MeToo movement has given courage to a lot of voiceless victims of sexual abuse and harassment and I am always hopeful that we in Pakistan, also take this seriously. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister’s aide Ziaullah Bangash has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman hailing from Kohat. She has asked PM to take notice. Bangash has denied these claims but if we are to make our country safe for women, the government must investigate this incident. Will it? I don’t know and am doubtful but at this point, we can also report the incidents, keep them alive and hope that the government protects its women.
We know Zulfi Bukhari to be someone who is PM Khan’s very good friend and in Quetta he tried to ‘protect’ the PM by asking what the PM would gain if he came to visit the Hazara mourners. His statement created quite a controversy. Ever wonder who he is and why he is so close to the PM? Here is what you need to know. When I met him for the interview we did about a year ago, he took time to loosen up and talk about who he was but once he did, he seemed charming and quite upset at the ‘propaganda’ about his private life.
Here is a video I never thought would be possible. In a viral clip, we see a desi mom asking Boom Boom Afridi if he is indeed Shahid Afridi. “Aray baita idhar aao. Yeh larkiyan keh rahi hain tum Shahid Afridi ho. Aik picture to lelo?” Well, Lala did take a picture with them! The video is hilarious. We also interviewed Lala a year ago when he was promoting his foundation at different universities in Lahore. In the immense crowd of Boom boom-obsessed students, there wasn’t anyone who didn’t recognise him.
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