Pakistan has taken its Justin Trudeau obsession to another level

Published: February 3, 2017
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PHOTO COURTESY: Nadeem Ahmed

PHOTO COURTESY: Nadeem Ahmed

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has had Pakistanis swooning ever since he took oath.

Whether it was rocking a sherwani, eating biryani, visiting a mosque or sending heartwarming messages on Eid and Nowruz, Trudeau did it and we loved it.

In fact, Pakistanis’ obsession with Trudeau could be gauged from the fact that Karachi was among 10 cities topping his global fan following on Facebook last year. Yet, Pakistanis have taken it a step further: Trudeau has been spotted at the back of a truck.

Karachi tops Trudeau’s global fan following on Facebook

Pakistan is famous for its truck art world over. Along with complex floral patterns and poetic calligraphy, four kinds of people are usually painted at the backs of trucks. These are war heroes, Bollywood actresses, cricketers and religious persons or rulers, according to Payaam Trust.

This time, however, the Canadian premier has been seen on the back of a truck becoming possibly the first non-Pakistani politician to receive the honour.

Truck art dates back to the 1920s when the subcontinent was under British rule. Back then, the indigenous art form was used to decorate carriages belonging to British aristocrats. Thereafter, transport companies employed craftsmen to decorate their vehicles to give them an edge over rivals and attract more clients. The designs took on a greater purpose and significance. They became the pride and joy of truck owners and drivers and an integral part of Pakistan’s culture after Partition.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • rich
    Feb 3, 2017 - 4:43PM

    canada is doomed under himRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 3, 2017 - 5:17PM

    Trudeou believes in left-wing populism, just like Trump believes in right-wing populism. Both of them are the same people.Recommend

  • Tp
    Feb 4, 2017 - 6:24AM

    This man is sowing the seeds of Canada’s ruin just like Merkel did. There are migrants and there are migrants.Recommend

  • bumpy
    Feb 4, 2017 - 9:52AM

    pakistanis…obsesssed…with trudeau?

    isnt more than half of that country illiterate? majority of them dont even know what canada isRecommend

  • Ali S
    Feb 5, 2017 - 10:31AM

    The bar for being ‘obsessed’ with someone in Pakistan is pretty low, so I wouldn’t be worried.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 5, 2017 - 12:02PM

    He is the second foreigner not the first one to have his portrait on a truck back in Pakistan. The first one was President Daud of Afghanistan decades ago. Some Pakistani Pashtuns probably nationalists were his fans. Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Feb 5, 2017 - 4:47PM

    @Khan:
    Sadam As well. Recommend

  • Troller_Killer
    Feb 5, 2017 - 8:39PM

    Pakistan is obsessed with Trudue and India with Trump, says a lot about the mentalitRecommend

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