Pakistani politicians, especially from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who also hold prominent positions inside the government, are quite notorious for their statements about science and environmental issues.
Every now and then one of the ministers from the government gives a factually incorrect statement about any environmental issue or science stuff, which ends in, they getting trolled form the entire internet.
With so many wrong statements coming out from the people in office, it seems that it should be declared mandatory for politicians to get basic knowledge of science, the environment issues, and the pandemics and epidemics the world is experiencing before they become eligible to hold an office inside the government.
We have compiled few of those statements that will give you the idea about why PTI politicians have butchered science with their statements.
Earth Hour observed to ‘prevent earthquakes
Let’s start with the latest one, in which Punjab Minister for Colonies and Culture Khayal Ahmed Kastro said that Earth Hour is observed so that “earthquakes” can be prevented.
— Adeem Ghaffar Rana (@ranaadeem) April 22, 2021
The minister was replying to a question by a reporter regarding what is Earth Hour. To this questions minister replied, “Anywhere in the world, wherever earth comes — to stop it — the only thing supporting it, is greenery and trees”, adding that “They (trees) stop every […] earthquake. So we have to stop [them] and make the earth green”.
While in reality, the Earth Hour, is typically observed every year on the last Saturday of March, during which people around the world turn off all non-essential lights for an hour to symbolise the importance of taking care of the planet.
Covid-19 has 19 points
When we are talking about funny statements about science, we can’t leave the Minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul Wazir out of the order. We all know that the covid-19 pandemic hit the world last year, leaving all of the health experts around the world to figure out, what exactly is the disease and how we are going to tackle it.
Amid all of this the climate change minister gave a statement in which she said that the virus has [as the name suggests] 19 points and it varies from region to region.
She also said that covid-19 is a type of flu that can affect a country in one of the 19 ways. Its severity depends upon the immunity level of people in the country concerned.
Zartaj Gul proves everyday that in Pakistani politics, confidence trumps knowledge and intelligence
— Khurram Qureshi (@qureshik74) June 20, 2020
Climate Change Minister benefitted from coronavirus
After the spread of covid-19 lockdown followed around the globe, and the public activity and traffic situations decreased to almost zero, including in Pakistan. Due to these lockdowns and reduced public activity, the pollution around the world decreased exponentially, and the air quality in worst regions of the world also got a lot better.
Keeping this in view, Zartaj Gul said that the deadly coronavirus benefitted her ministry as the countrywide lockdown improved the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Pakistan.
“I hope that coronavirus lockdown SOPs will be followed for next five years. The AQI of Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi has enhanced to a great extent. The virus has benefitted my ministry,” she added.
The ministry of climate change has benefited from Covid-19: Zartaj Gul. pic.twitter.com/b7NLhJMFRV
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) June 10, 2020
Trees produce oxygen at night
Our Prime Minister Imran Khan is also one of those politicians who leave the world in wonder with their science statements.
PM Imran Khan at an event last year said that trees produce oxygen at night. He said, “Darakht raat mein oxygen dete hain (trees produce oxygen during the night)”.
The statement had left Twitter mocking Imran for claims that defy science.
Trees produce oxygen at night: Einstein Khan. pic.twitter.com/Kqb3ODLySY
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) November 27, 2019
A train faster than the speed of light
In another statement, PM Imran revealed to an audience in Pakistan that during his visit to China, he saw the Chinese make trains that will travel faster than the speed of light.
He said that the trains being developed in China, can cover the distance between Lahore and Karachi in just 2 hours.
— meena gabeena (@gabeeno) November 23, 2018
From : pk.mashable.com