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‘Watt laga di dada ji’: Pakistani journalist Arzoo Kazmi regrets grandfather’s decision to migrate from India

"My brothers and other family members feel that they have no future in Pakistan. My grandfather and his family migrated from Prayagraj and Delhi to Pakistan for a better future. Watt laga di dada ji," tweeted Arzoo Kazmi.

Pakistan is currently enduring an era of poverty and economic doldrums. Burgeoning inflation, which has surpassed a 50-year high and a deepening cost-of-living crisis has left millions of people across Pakistan struggling to put food on their tables. 

Soaring food prices, flour shortages and the apathy of the country’s ruling dispensation have made it even more challenging for millions of people across Pakistan to provide two square meals to their loved ones.

On Friday, at least 12 people were killed, including 9 women in the stampede during a ration distribution drive in a factory in Karachi. Amidst all this, a tweet by Arzoo Kazmi, a journalist living in Islamabad in Pakistan, is going increasingly viral on social media where she regrets her ancestor’s decision to move to Pakistan from India.

Regretting her forefather’s decision to migrate from India to Pakistan in 1947, the Pakistan journalist tweeted on April 1, “My brothers and other family members feel that they have no future in Pakistan. My grandfather and his family migrated from Prayagraj and Delhi to Pakistan for a better future. Watt laga di dada ji (created serious trouble, grandfather).”

After Arzoo’s tweet went viral, many users on social media asked her to return to India with her family. An Indian Twitter user wrote, “You are most welcome here.”

“Don’t worry, Abba (India) has a big heart,” Manzoor Ahmed Naik wrote, referring to India as Pakistan’s ‘abba,’ or father.

A Twitter user going by the handle @Jagdish_2204 replied to Arzoo’s tweet with conviction that Yogi Adityanath could bring her back. “Yogiji Ghar Wapsi kar sakte hai!” he tweeted.

Welcoming the Pakistan journalist back to India, Twitter user @AbhishekSaket quipped that her grandfather got carried away by his emotions otherwise she could have witnessed history being created in Prayagraj today. “Dada ji emotionally beh gaye. Aaj Prayagraj me itihaas bante dekh rahe hote. You are always welcome back to your roots,” he wrote.

Some other Twitter users responded by thanking their grandfather for taking the right decision at the right time and migrating from Pakistan to India.

Twitter user Suraj Rajput retaliated by saying that chances were high that if the Pakistani journalist was currently living in India she would be hating Modi and the Hindus without any reason and loving the future less Pakistan.

For the uninitiated, Arzoo Kazmi is a Pakistani journalist who does not mince her words in criticising puritanical interpretation of Islam and often appears on Indian channels with her uncharacteristically liberal views concerning Pakistan. She also has a YouTube channel with as many as 335 thousand subscribers.

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