Trouble is brewing in Pakistan as its minister of planning and development urged the whole country to lower its tea consumption last week due to expensive import costs.
“I appeal to the nation to cut down their daily consumption of tea to one or two cups because we use our loans to import it,” Iqbal said in a meeting with reporters, according to The Express Tribune.
Pakistanis — who drink hot tea all year-round to celebrate, mourn, relax, wake up, socialize, and everything in between — were really not having it, and took to the internet to give the minister a piece of their mind.
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Whether you’re a student, a stay-at-home parent, or a full-time worker, one or two cups of chai do not cut it for most.
The retaliation was completely natural.
Petition to cancel Ahsan Iqbal instead of chai
— . (@larapredaaa) June 14, 2022
The country is one of the world’s biggest tea importers, and piping hot, milky chai is a staple in every home.
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) June 15, 2022
According to national data, 3,000 cups are sipped up every second. Yes, every second.
The British are shaking.
Consumption per sec of tea in Pakistan is estimated at 3000 cups, according to Dr. Abdul Waheed, director National Tea &High Value Crops Research Institute.Pakistan remains among the largest importers of tea in the world as we consume worth Rs83 billion.
— Muhammad Abid khan Atozai (@AtozaiKhan) June 14, 2022
All in all, Pakistan’s answer to the minister was a resounding “nope.”
Ahsan Iqbal urging the nation to cut down on chai im sorry but I can not be a part of this
— Zoha. (@zohaaa) June 14, 2022