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Usman Dar apologies over racist remarks

Usman Dar, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Youth landed in trouble after making derogatory remarks about Pathans. His latest remarks have set the social media in frenzy and on Wednesday morning, ‘Shame on Usman Dar’ started trending on Twitter.

It happened while making an appearance at the Express-News talk show when Dar during the discussion compared participants of the Azadi March to Pathan street vendors. “They’ll get the same [returns] as those Pathans who roam the streets and sell Rs500 blanket for Rs50 and then leave,” he said.

PML-N leader Hina Pervez Butt, who was also a guest on the show, called him out immediately and said his use of the word Pathan in this context was condemnable. We’re all Pakistani,” she said.

By taking it to social media, Usman Dar issued an apology over his remarks. Though he took his words back during the show when the anchor asked him to do so!

The minister wrote that he respects all Pakistanis and hurting any Pakistani was unacceptable for him. “I have already taken the words I said during this programme back but if any of my Pakhtun brothers are still hurt by my words, I apologise”, he further added.


MNA Mohsin Dawar also called out Dar for making fun of people who are just trying to make an honest living.

On Wednesday, #ShameonUsmanDar started trending on Twitter. People were upset with the PTI leader’s remarks, especially since his political party PTI is currently in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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