Tamgha-e-Imtiaz recipient, Mehwish Hayat recently had a less than pleasant experience at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and had quite a bit to say.
The Punjab Nahi Jaungi actor took to Twitter to share her grievances saying, “Disgusting! Had the misfortune to use the ladies room at Karachi airport – dirty and stinking.”
Disgusting! Had misfortune to use the ladies room at Khi Airport – dirty and stinking. Even saw cockroaches. Not only is it unhygienic but is this the first impression we want to give to people arriving here? These are the most basic amenities – let's clean up our act
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) January 24, 2020
She went on to relay her experience and also subtly schooled the relevant authorities. “Not only is it unhygienic but is this the first impression we want to give to people coming arriving here? These are the most basic amenities – let’s clean up our act,” she wrote.
Mehwish also mentioned how she even saw cockroaches. Now that’s a deal breaker!
And the cleaners sitting in the bathroom asking for money is another worst thing. I as Pakistani get irritated every time, Imagine what foreigners think. Either they should be paid enough or forbid them to do so.
— Ä (@AmnaSuleiman) January 24, 2020
Many people chimed in with their personal horror stories at the airport, while others, naturally, had to say a lot about her experience. One person mentioned how the cleaners at the washrooms demand money for toilet paper, while another mentioned how she had to swat at flying cockroaches once.
I remember travelling back home from Lahore. I went to use the facilities and the cleaners wouldn't give toilet paper unless we paid them!!! I was in shock! Never experienced that before!!
— Yas C (@ChaudhryYasmine) January 24, 2020
2 years ago I had the misfortune of changing my 6 months old baby’s diaper in the karachi departure lounge bathroom. I was whacking away flying cockroaches with one hand to keep my baby safe. While the cleaner kept continuously commenting on how I should or shouldn’t wash my kid
— Hareem Sumbul (@HareemSumbul) January 24, 2020
Some people, however, chose to turn a blind eye and criticise Mehwish for bringing the issue to light. One person suggested she pick up the mop and clean it herself, while another resorted to using the infamous catch-phrase do takkay ki aurat to make his point.
She should have picked up the mop and cleaned it. If she can do it in New York or Dubai then why not in Karachi
— Haider (@TigerZindaHay) January 24, 2020
دوٹکے کے عورت کو جب اوقات سے زیادہ مل جائے تو ایسے ہی ٹویٹ آتے ہیں
— عتیق الرّحمٰن (@Atiq7775) January 25, 2020
— K H A N Z A D A (@ShahrukhRaees1) January 24, 2020
Nevertheless, Mehwish’s tweet sheds light on an important issue that has been overlooked for longer than it should’ve been, and hopefully, can bring about a positive change.
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