Government account tweets and deletes incorrect Bill Gates quote

Published: January 11, 2019

Government of Pakistan’s official Twitter handle tweeted an offensive and incorrectly attributed quote on Friday.

“If you born poor its not your mistake but if you die poor its your mistake.”

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The grammatically incorrect quote has been attributed to Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates but it is unclear whether Gates ever made the statement. No record has been found of Gates saying anything to the effect.

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The post has since been deleted after Twitter users criticised it for its insensitivity to the realities of cyclical poverty and the government’s ignorance  about being responsible for the citizens’ well-being and access to decent living standards.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 11, 2019 - 8:26PM

    The statement is correct who ever made it . It simply encourages you to work harder and strive for a good standard of living . It is not a blot or mockery of the poor . Recommend

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