'Practice what you preach': Mansha Pasha, Sheheryar Munawar slammed on social media

Actors called out on social media for campaigning to get CIEs postponed as they attend public gatherings

Entertainment Desk April 29, 2021

This week, social media went ablaze with two very different but connected happenings: the cancellation of the CIEs and a birthday party that was attended by the leading names of the showbiz industry.

But as nothing goes unnoticed on social media, Twitter users were quick to point out the celebs that first campaigned for the cancellation of exams amid the pandemic and then ended up appearing in pictures of celeb gatherings and qawwali nights.

The question remained why jump on an issue when you don’t follow the SOPs or discourage public gatherings yourself. Two actors that were particularly called out included Shehryar Munawar and Mansha Pasha.

She came into the limelight after tweeting in support of her husband and activist Jibran Nasir who was leading the campaign against the cancellation of exams. Taking to the micro-blogging website, the Laal Kabootar star lauded her husband and said, "I am super proud of my husband in his effort to support students at this difficult time and would like to request everyone to do so as well. Forcing them to sit for exams in such an uncertain time is cruelty, to say the least." She further added, "Let’s take heed from what’s happening in India and not expose the youth of this country and their families!"

Munawar also shared his two cents on the rise in the Covid-19 cases in the country and pleaded everyone to follow the SOPs to the tee. "Highest number of deaths recorded in a single day in Pakistan since the start of the pandemic. In this alarming situation, let’s please play our part by following the SOPs," the Parey Hut Love star wrote on Twitter.

In came the pictures from Fahad Mirza’s birthday party where the two actors were seen in attendance and social media had enough reason to call the two out for their double standards.

"Practice what you preach, I am sure this isn't work-related," a user by the name of Kahkshaan Ismail shared while another wrote, "Nice part you played, Kamaal (amazing)."Another user shared, "Look who’s saying this! You can’t lecture anyone else if you violate SOP’s and attend public gatherings without masks and social distancing. Celebrities are true Hypocrites!"

Pasha wasn’t spared either; especially after her she made her relationship with Nasir public by posting pictures of her engagement and then Nikkah ceremony on Instagram.  "Really! But you can attend a Qawali party in the meantime with hardly any social distancing?" a user shared.

Another tweep, Aimen, called out Pasha by sharing a picture from Mirza's birthday party and saying, "Yeah because corona exists only in exams? So thoughtful of you and your great husband."

The Mera Naam Yousaf Hai actor was also lambasted by industry veteran and former supermodel Zainab Qayyum (ZQ). "Honestly, as an actor, I don't have a choice but to go to work where we work under the strictest SOPs. I haven't met anyone apart from my costars on set for fear of being a silent carrier since last year. Have had 11 Covid tests (all negative," the Maachis host penned, adding, "Please don't host/attend social events and then come on set to work with us."

She also commented on Pasha's tweet. "Yet, this is you at an Iftar in the same pandemic," the Aangan star took a jibe. When a user lauded ZQ for not attending any gatherings, she responded by saying,

"Because I am choosing NOT to go. I am responsible, not only for myself but also my costars who I have to come on set and work with daily. I'm not going to put them or their families at risk, nor do I expect them to put me at risk either."

The Express Tribune reached out to both Pasha and Munnawar for their views on the issue. Pasha refused to comment on the matter and Munawar didn’t respond till the filing of this report. 

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