3 Important Stories That Got Lost Amidst The Unnecessary Shireen Mazari-Momina Mustehsan Twitter Beef

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The Shireen Mazari-Momina Mustehsan fiery Twitter exchange kept our internet abuzz, yesterday; overshadowing all the interesting developments that have a bearing on Pakistanis, directly or indirectly.

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What started as mere remarks by the Human Rights Minister of Pakistan Shireen Mazari on Coke Studio’s Ko Ko Korina rendition, ended up becoming a national debate when Momina Mustehsan couldn’t handle criticism gracefully and took to Twitter to politicize the negative remarks.

Interestingly, Mazari also didn’t hold back and called out the young singer for dragging the ministry into the matter.

What followed was a bizarre feud of words that no one expected!

After the digital quarrel, people spent the whole evening taking sides; explaining cyber-bullying and hate speech to Momina on one hand and reminding Shireen Mazari of issues of greater significance that are worth her attention on the other.

All this happened while Ahad Raza Mir basked in some imaginary glory as public contempt for his Ko Ko Korina’s cover only grew stronger.

However, stories that were far more important for the nation got lost amidst this unnecessary Twitter beef and we had to struggle to find sane voices who have their priorities right!

Here are the 3 things that were shaping our world one way or other while we were contributing to the oh-so-crucial Ko Ko Korina debate.

1. Saudis Admitted Khashoggi’s Murder & Outrage Followed!

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In the latter part of the last week, after numerous denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted that the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside the country’s consulate in Turkey when he visited to pick his divorce papers.

However, giving an explanation as unconvincing and sloppy as “fist fight” for Khashoggi’s death has added another twist to the episode. The statements coming from the Kingdom are so unsatisfactory that this time even Trump has expressed his concern, at the risk of sabotaging the lucrative US-Saudi arms deal.

Outrage has been recorded by leaders and premiers from all over the world over the mysterious death and pieces of evidence of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman’s (MbS) involvement in the murder keep on surfacing one after the other, creating rifts even among the house of Al  Saud and mounting more pressure on the claimant of the throne.

The circumstances have caused immense loss to Davos in Desert, an international economic conference organized by MbS that is slated to be held in Saudi Arabia in order to shift the oil-based economy of the country to investment based one. Who’s who of world’s biggest businesses were expected to attend the conference, however, the Khashoggi misadventure has costed the presence of many of these notable investors as they decided to back out.

Read: Ahad Raza Mir Is Being Savagely Trolled For Ruining Ko Ko Korina

Turkey’s Erdogan has adopted a very shrewd stance throughout the course and according to the pundits, has gained considerable leverage over Saudi Royals that will shape the dynamics between the two countries to the national interests of Ankara.

In the light of the expected results of the investigation being carried out by Turkey, prospective repercussions in the form of sanctions and ensuing isolation, Riyadh has suddenly found itself in an unmanageable mess.

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However, the silver lining here is for countries like Turkey and Pakistan. Desperate times call for desperate measures and as Imran Khan continues his visit to Saudi Arabia to seek loans, Islamabad has a lot to gain from Riyadh’s situation, something Zarrar Khuhro has been hinting at since long! Pakistan must seize this opportunity to be relevant and hence, in an advantageous position again!

2. Khadim Rizvi at it Again!

A video has emerged featuring right-wing TLP’s Khadim Rizvi giving threats to the faculty and students of LUMS university for visiting Ahmadis in Rabwah to show solidarity.

https://twitter.com/RabwahTimes/status/1054200578748768256

Many have taken to Twitter to both report and condemn the hate speech.

At the risk of sounding like Zarrar’s Twitter transcript (if that’s even a thing), we couldn’t agree more with the seasoned journalist!

3. Uber & Careem Shut Down in Sindh!

After the horrible event in which a girl jumped off a moving car in Karachi made headlines last week, Sindh government has given a week to e-cab services to get registered or they will be shut down.

Many have shown their reservation over the policy as Karachi already lacks economical means of local transportation following the ban of Qhinqhis.

In case the e-cab services are shut down, daily conveyance of many in the city will be disturbed and thus, any such move should come only if there’s a backup plan to facilitate the citizens.

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