Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir is once again in the crosshairs of trolls after saying former dictator General Ziaul Haq was born on August 17, which is actually the day he died in a plane crash.

Speaking during a talk show at a private TV channel, Gul, in what became a failed jibe at the Pakistan Muslim Lague-Nawaz (PML-N) said she wanted to congratulate Mian Javed Latif on the birth anniversary of his party’s “founder”, Zia.

“I want to congratulate Mian Javed Latif for it’s probably the birthday of Gen Ziaul Haq — who created this party [the PML-N] — as far as I remember,” the PTI minister said.


The anchor and other participants in the show were left dumbfounded on the state minister’s lack of knowledge about the political history of Pakistan, Geo reported.

Anchorperson Nadeem Malik then corrected her, saying “today is August 17 when Gen Zia and many others were killed in a plane crash in 1988”.


Despite being corrected, Zartaj tried to save the crumbling pieces of her sarcastic comment, saying, “Okay, whatever, even if it was an accident, they should celebrate it because he created the party. They should commemorate the anniversary of his martyrdom.”


Fellow talk show guests — Sindh government spokesperson Senator Murtaza Wahab and Latif, the PML-N leader — were speechless, with the former putting his head in his hands and the latter showing an expression of contempt.

This isn’t the first time that Gul had to face embarrassment for her remarks as earlier she had been brutally trolled for an ill-informed comment regarding COVID-19.