Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, posted an unpleasant tweet on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday and tweeps were not happy.
September 17, 2019 marked Modi’s 69th birthday and Hussain, who is generally outspoken when it comes to commenting on matters regarding neighbouring India, tweeted using the hashtag #ModiBirthday.
Using his handle, @fawadchaudhry, he wrote: “Today reminds us the importance of contraceptives #ModiBirthday.”
Indian journalist Maya Mirchandani, @maya206, took to Twitter and wrote: “Goodness. This is disgusting. Irrespective of politics and differences, this tone, language, message is uncouth, a disservice to the dignity of office this individual holds, and to all those on the subcontinent who work for peace. Just shameful!”
Another Indian journalist, @Smita_Sharma, posted: “This is disgusting beyond words Fawad. At least try and maintain some dignity for the cabinet position you hold. Am sure anyone saying this about Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI - should and would disgust you.”
Additionally, Pakistani netizens also believed that his post was in bad taste.
Twitter user @SobiahQ suggested that Hussain’s behaviour was “unprofessional” and that he needed to concentrate on his ministerial duties instead: “Extremely unprofessional while representing our country. Show some responsibility while on Twitter and do some constructive work!
User @ArifMir22354906 had similar thoughts and wrote that Hussain is a misrepresentation of the country: “He has made our country a joke in the world because of his immature tweets.”
Another Pakistani tweep @RidhaAlii posted: “Do you ever wake up in the morning and thank God for not making you Fawad Chaudhry?”