Pakistanis planning helicopter travel following Fawad’s ‘Rs50 claim’


Prime Minister Imran Khan’s helicopter’s trips to and from his residence in Bani Gala to PM House is all Pakistanis on Twitter can talk about. In fact, the hashtag ‘helicopter’ is the top trend on Twitter on Wednesday.

The matter came to light a day when Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry defended the PM’s use of chopper claiming that it only cost “Rs55 per kilometer.”

Hearing the minister’s quote, Pakistanis decided that its time to ditch their cars, Ubers, Careems, Rickshaws and other modes of travel and opt to commute via helicopters. That, of course, translated into some of the funniest tweets.

Former Federal Minister of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs and PML-N Leader Miftah Ismail also made a joke on the matter asking his followers whether he should opt for a Suzuki or a helicopter as his next mode of transport.

Some PTI supporters were quick to defend their leader.

Addressing a press conference after the federal cabinet meeting, Fawad, in response to journalists’ queries, had said that he had Googled the cost of the use of the helicopter, suggesting the media representatives to check it themselves too.

“He [Imran Khan] is the prime minister. Would he travel via a taxi?” the minister had asked, adding that the premier travelling by air did not affect the public.