The impact of Pakistani social media on our lives is colossal. Other than being the main manner by which we stay connected with each other, it is also how the youth stays abreast with current affairs, in Pakistan and abroad. However, one thing which we can all agree on is that social media memes are the real reason why we love using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram daily.
In Pakistan, 2018 saw an increase in the amount of social media use. Every event, small or big, was commented on, debated upon and made fun of by Pakistanis on Facebook and Pakistanis on Twitter. So, to wrap up this year properly, read on to relive the events which caught everyone’s attention in the country this year.
The General Elections
Let’s face it, no matter if you voted for Imran Khan or not, this year’s elections gave us high-quality social media memes.
Pakistanis on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat didn’t hold back when it came to be proclaiming their love for the country and the entire democratic process, at the end of which, most of us were tired of seeing the same photos:
— Tafheem Bangash (@Mister_Poizon) July 25, 2018
And even though die-hard Imran Khan fans won’t agree, this guy pretty much sums up Pakistani politics right here:
Just asked someone to explain Pakistan elections to me and pic.twitter.com/fRbWQxR9tD
— Hashashin (@HashashinTag) July 25, 2018
At times where everyone can just think about politics, it is almost impossible to forget the one and only Altaf Bhai:
MQM losing its strongholds in Karachi pic.twitter.com/bPy8AZADp2
— Shumail (@Shumyl) July 25, 2018
Pakistani social media didn’t want to leave behind Farooq Sattar either:
Uncle wo hmary vote sahi ni ginnay unho ny pic.twitter.com/Yu82ZXDDwl
— 🔥 HR 🔥 (@hrofficial786) July 26, 2018
Also, PTI supporters just couldn’t contain themselves once the results started rolling in:
— Saraaa. (@ThatGirl_Sara_) July 24, 2018
Karachities were facing one of the toughest decisions ever when they wanted to vote for Imran Khan, but not for Aamir Liaquat.
Out of all these memes though, my personal favorite was the ones on Jahangir Tareen. Showing the world how far exactly a best friend is willing to go, he definitely took the cake when it came to campaigning and the social media memes on him were an absolute treat:
Pakistanis on Twitter outdid themselves when it came to creating memes on him, but here’s one of the simplest yet best of the lot.
The Book That Should’ve Never Been!
While we’re discussing politics, how can we not mention Reham Khan! Imran Khan’s ex-wife, she wrote an expose on the current PM, facing severe criticism as PTI supporters were having none of it, claiming she was paid to write one.
Was she actually paid or not? Well, we don’t really know but what we do know is that once the election results came out, Pakistani social media just couldn’t hold back with the trolling:
Reham Khan probably feels the same way Rishi Kapoor felt when Pakistan won against India. 🤣🤣🤣🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏
— میمونہ خٹک (@Memuna_Khattak) July 25, 2018
While most memes definitely hit the mark, some Pakistanis on Facebook and other platforms, crossed some limits, something which isn’t acceptable even when the other person is in the wrong.
What Just Happened?
That’s what went through Azhar Ali’s mind, along with literally everyone watching the test match against Australia.
Our boys in green have given us several embarrassing moments, but this was just something else.
No one of the field, in the commentary box or anywhere to be exact, knew just how that happened, but it did, and it was soon followed by social media memes which didn’t disappoint one bit:
— Saurabh (@imsgshinde) October 18, 2018
I think we all feel a bit like Azhar Ali when that happens.
Hello Friends, Memes Dekhlo
A video of a girl asking her friends to have tea, sounds basic and simple right? Wrong.
As I’m sure nearly all Pakistanis on Facebook know, this video was the beginning of something huge. The social media memes that were made based on this were immense and people didn’t hold back:
The memes just kept on coming in:
Everything That’s Wrong With Aamir Liaquat
In the initial months of 2018, a boy came to Aamir Liaquat’s show, saying the words: “Kash aap meray waalid hotay”.
Naturally, Pakistanis social media just couldn’t hold back and the memes which started showing up on our newsfeeds were numerous:
Here’s the same meme template, but with different context altogether:
Now this was a definite miss when it came to Pakistani social media. While the above meme does make you laugh, when you think about it, the way the man concerned has behaved is appalling.
However, what’s more appalling is how social media and our talk show hosts have reacted it. Fortunately, Pakistanis on Facebook have called them out on such behavior.
Ko Ko Korina
There is probably not one single person in Pakistan who uses social media and yet doesn’t know what I’m referring to.
Ahad Raza Mir and Momina are one of the biggest celebrities of Pakistan, especially amongst the youth, but when they sang the Coke Studio version of Ko Ko Korina, Pakistanis on Twitter just didn’t hold back.
Horrendous! Destroyed a great classic – why oh why did Coke Studio allow such a massacre of this classic song? https://t.co/Iq5gfCPYcr
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) October 21, 2018
All this makes sense to some extent, but when your politicians start commenting on one song, you know things have gotten wayyy out of hand.
Same here. In fact I like the Leo Twins version of Koko Korina much better than the flat version put out by Coke Studio. No harm in stating music likes and dislikes. And no need to make such choices the subject of convoluted debate. https://t.co/sff8ZdBbWR
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) October 23, 2018
The Twitter War that started was another miss seen by Pakistani social media.
However, the social media memes still managed to keep things light, generally.
The Shaadi Sagas
As we all know, Pakistanis have a certain obsession with shaadis. It seems as if it’s the one thing that all our lives are supposed to lead to.
This season, two major Pakistani celebrity shaadis got our attention.
I wouldn’t exactly call this a shaadi, more like the longest drama you will ever know of. I’m talking about Shaam Idrees and Froggy.
Shaam Idrees asked Froggy to marry him. She said no. Not sure why the story didn’t end right there, but somehow after a gazillion videos, Froggy FINALLY said yes. Pakistanis on Twitter stopped caring after some time and responded to his final tweets announcing the engagement:
We are engaged. A new chapter of our lives begins 🙏 Alhamdulillah pic.twitter.com/ebB1YOyspP
— Sham Idrees (@Shamidrees) November 6, 2018
Seriously though, it was interesting for like five minutes guys!
The other shaadi which literally broke the internet was Aiman and Muneeb’s. The wedding started off like every ordinary one, with a bridal shower, but once it wore on, people were amazed at how long a wedding can go and Pakistanis on Facebook had had enough.
Owing to this, social media memes soon appeared:
Year 2018#Aineeb Mayun
Year 2030#Aineeb Pre Mehndi Party
Year 2050#Aineeb Mehndi
Year 2070#Aineeb Barat
Year 2090#Aineeb Pre reception party
Year 3000#Aineeb reception
— Zoobia (@CosmicWonderrr) November 25, 2018
However, Muneeb wasn’t impressed and responded to Pakistani social media, asking haters to not ruin other people’s happiness.
The list of events which took place in 2018 is never ending, however, I’ve tried to summarize some of them, hoping you can enjoy all that happened this year, within a few minutes.