PM Imran Faces Criticism For Not Wearing Mask In Public
Three days after the government’s decision to make wearing masks in public ‘mandatory’, Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing criticism on social media for not wearing a mask during his visit to Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Headquarters on Wednesday.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) official account posted the premier’s photo on Twitter, wherein it can be seen that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Bajwa, Director General ISI General Faiz Hameed, and all other officials were wearing a mask except the prime minister.
PM @ImranKhanPTI visited Headquarters Inter Services Intelligence alongwith Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Federal Ministers Shah Mehmood Qureshi,Asad Umar & SAPM Dr. Moeed Yousuf. Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid,DG ISI received the PM on his arrival at Headquarters pic.twitter.com/FqOh0tnQ5H
— PTI (@PTIofficial) June 3, 2020
“Face masks are now mandatory to be worn by everybody while in crowded public places, mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, and public transport ie road, rail and flights. We have reviewed our guidelines for wearing masks and have added a mandatory section,” said Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Sunday.
Face masks are now mandatory to be worn by everybody while in crowded public places, mosques, bazaars, shopping malls, public transport ie road, rail and flights. We have reviewed our guidelines for wearing masks and have added a mandatory section <311>. https://t.co/K8xnM8TcG7
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) May 31, 2020
Twitterati have been calling out PM Imran for not setting an example for general public during the national crisis.
imran khan has not once worn a mask in his televised appearances & as prime minister of this nation he should have been leading by example from the very start. now that their machismo & religion cant save them, they suddenly want everyone to wear masks https://t.co/sAiRTIHKkw
— Mehar (@curlistani) May 31, 2020
Okay seriously…is this not wearing a mask thing an ego issue now? I'm genuinely curious. https://t.co/O2gWCszHmU
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) June 3, 2020
PTI supporters: sab awam ki ghalti hai ke wo SOPs follow nai krti
Their leader: pic.twitter.com/mgyw0IoHLg
— Ali (@Bhuut_) June 3, 2020
I have literally heard people saying itna corona worona hota to imran khan bhi mask pehanta. https://t.co/2c71P2RXDa
— Waleed Nasir (@waleednasir00) June 3, 2020
Since the start of pandemic, whenever Imran Khan addressed on tele he downplayed the severity of virus. He never stressed enough on precautions let alone the lockdown as he himself dont wear mask or maintain social distance when meeting someone.
— Farhan Nawazish (@ferhanz) June 1, 2020
Last month, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill gave a remark on PM Imran not wearing a mask, implying that going around without masks during the coronavirus outbreak is an act of bravery. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was fighting [coronavirus] on the front-line without wearing any mask. “I am happy to have gotten a chance to work with a brave leader in these tough times.”