A TV news reporter in Pakistan adopted a creative tool to take a dig at the country’s politicians after rains left the streets in Lahore waterlogged.
Reporter Zulqarnain Rana, who works for Dunya TV, was asked to report on the waterlogged streets of Lahore following the recent spate of monsoon rains. He decide to sit inside an inflatable pool surrounded by colourful floaties as he sought to highlight the poor drainage system of the city.
He said, “I am not in a swimming pool but on a street in Lahore, which has been waterlogged. Although the rains have stopped and the weather has become pleasant, the drainage system is awful in the city. WASA (Water and Sanitation Agency of Lahore) have been unable to drain the water. So my advice to residents is that you should also take pools out and enjoy the waterlogging because there’s no sign of this water receding.”
The video of Rana’s unique way of hitting the politicians for their poor governance has gone viral on social media. This has already been shared more than 13,000 times. clocking nearly 7 lakh views.
His video has been received well with users also condemning the provincial government headed by Shahbaz Sharif, who hails from Lahore. Sharif, brother of the ousted prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, is also the former chief minister of Punjab. One user compared the waterlogged street to that of Paris while another taunted that the next World Cup Swimming competition will be held in Lahore.
While some praised the reporter for highlighting an important civic issue through a creative way, there have been others who felt that this was a cheap stunt to make the video go viral.