Ayesha Omar calls out students disrespecting Shafqat Mehmood

LAHORE: Pakistani actress Ayesha Omar has expressed disappointment at the language used by certain teenagers for Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on social media.

With the recent Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) exam fiasco, a storm of harsh tweets directed at Education Minister surfaced on Twitter. The students demanded cancellation of exams due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayesha Omar took to Twitter and Instagram to address the issue, expressing her disappointment at the students’ shameful behaviour. She shared in an Instagram story, “It’s shameful. Is this the kind of nation we are raising?”

“So much disrespect for others and elders. Criticism or differences should not lead to disrespect. Just because you don’t agree with something doesn’t mean you have to be derogatory and demeaning. We really need to rethink and reflect on a lot of things,” she wrote.

The actor later tweeted about the issue as well. She said, “Dear Students, criticism and difference of opinion does not mean one needs to be disrespectful. We can get our point across with respect. Let’s try to regulate and stabilise our emotions in stressful situations.”   

Shafqat Mehmood announced earlier this week that no exams will be taking place until June 15. The decision came after widespread protests for the cancellation of scheduled exams.