Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal seemingly hit a nerve after he urged the masses to reduce tea consumption, saying that the move will help the government in curtailing the import bill. “I appeal to the nation to reduce tea intake by one or two cups daily because we borrow money for tea import as well,” he said while speaking to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday.
Soon after his statement went viral on social media, many shared that reduction of chai intake is something they cannot get on board with. Here’s how Twitter reacted to what users said was unjustified demand of the minister.
Petition to cancel Ahsan Iqbal instead of chai
— . (@larapredaaa) June 14, 2022
Did Ahsan Iqbal really ask the nation to cut down on chai? Did he honestly really ask us for that? Do they really think we’re that stupid
— سعد راٹھور (@saadjamil36) June 14, 2022
Our chai wala isn’t picking his phone Ughh explain this Ahsan iqbal what have you done to him?
— Ayesha Mirza (@Noowhateverr) June 14, 2022
Ahsan Iqbal urging the nation to cut down on chai im sorry but I can not be a part of this
— Zoha. (@zohaaa) June 14, 2022
Ahsan iqbal= Qoum Chai Kam piye.
— Syed Naveed Ahmad (@Naveed21314) June 14, 2022
Ahsan Iqbal ko chai se kya problem hai
— AQ (@acc_sah) June 14, 2022
Chai wala mazak kur kay acha Nahi kiya you are cancelled for life Ahsan iqbal ☺
— Maryam (@Maryamzubairrrr) June 14, 2022
Ahsan Iqbal: Awam chai ki ek ek do do pyaali kam kar den.
— maham (@_mahamchaudhry) June 14, 2022
Please ye Chai Wala Mazak nhi Ahsan Iqbal Sahab ! 😿
— Zainab (@All_is_not_lost) June 14, 2022
The federal cabinet last month banned the import of around 41 items for two months to forestall a looming default but the measure appears to be too little, as it would contain the import bill by hardly $600 million or less than 5% of projected imports.
The decision hit the imports of cars, mobile phones, cosmetics, cigarettes, food products, certain garments and toiletries.
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