After receiving great criticism for urging all Pakistanis to take notice of littering, wife of former left-arm fast bowler and ex-Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram, Shaniera Akram fired back at a troll, stating that Pakistan was her country too!
Shaniera Akram had shared a video of the beach in Karachi, urging people to shed the habit of littering. “Lets stop thinking we are separate provinces & start acting as one whole united country,”she tweeted.
I call on Pakistan. This is not a Karachi problem. Lets stop thinking we are separate provinces & start acting as one whole united country pic.twitter.com/ry2bA8z3TP
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) September 4, 2017
She followed up her message with another tweet, urging people to unite since ‘this has gone too far’. That apparently didn’t settle well with a follower on Twitter, who slammed her for lecturing Pakistanis.
“Wow @iamShaniera you are so good at lecturing us Pakistanis-No doubt before marrying you must be teaching sociology to PhD students,” tweeted Kiran Ahmed.
Not to be outdone, Shaniera Akram fired back at the troll, stating that she wasn’t aware one needed a PhD degree to care about Pakistan.
I didn’t know I needed a PhD to care for our country?? And before you separate me from “Pakistanis” please remember this is my country too https://t.co/EK2CL04sHq
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) September 5, 2017
The tweet went viral, liked more than 3,500 times on Twitter and retweeted 960 times.
She then took to Twitter again a day later to express her gratitude towards Pakistanis who had treated her as one of their own.
The love everyone has shown me in Pakistan is just overwhelming. From my heart, Thank you for including me in this large wonderful family💚
— Shaniera Akram (@iamShaniera) September 6, 2017