Actor Shaan Shahid does not ever shy away from giving advice, even if it’s terrible and unhelpful. Given the current financial environment wherein the Pakistani rupee can be seen depreciating against the dollar continuously and eventually reaching a low of Rs. 150 a dollar, the artist thinks Pakistanis buying back rupees would help the country’s economy. Taking to his Twitter account, he wrote: “Appeal to all my fellow Pakistanis .. #buybackpakRs no matter how little or how big one affords but let’s put in our share.”
It was unclear from Shaan’s post how Pakistanis with their savings in rupees would be able to buy back rupees but the actor chose not to comment on it. Needless to say, the responses he received on his tweet were gold.
Very patriotic of you! But guess what, it has no effect on the "value of Pak Rupee". Try talking to some people who know how forex works. Your F.A. pass friends don't know shite about it. https://t.co/jy63KhUPsd— Marvi Sirmed (@marvisirmed) May 21, 2019
Hi genius, do tell how can you buy rupee from rupee. Also, just give this five thousand to me. https://t.co/PdcMozsZBO— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) May 21, 2019
While some wondered what were these actors considering how artists have been making uninformed comments about things they don’t know much about, others said he should have stuck to his core competency and refrained from meddling in things they don't understand. Even those who said they were not students of economics said this was not how economics worked.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the Water Kit of financial schemes. Up there with the wizardry behind the Damn Fund. Pure genius. Give this man a Nobel already. https://t.co/St2oaDQEPs— Ahmad Rafay Alam (@rafay_alam) May 22, 2019
Yet others said this was akin to “the Water Kit of financial schemes”, very similar to the collective conscience project of “Damn Fund”. Twitterati, sarcastically, said he should be given a ministry or a Nobel prize.
Someone even questioned how it looked like the actor had been keeping his savings in dollars.
Unfazed by the criticism, Shaan Shahid, however, remained determined and did not respond to the comments to his suggestion. In fact, his tweet added to the hashtag “#BoycottDollar” wherein Pakistanis claiming to be patriotic said they would be choosing not to use dollars and exchanging the dollars they already had for Pakistani rupees. Some nine hours later, he posted an update on Twitter, saying he had “exchanged 5000$ and bought Pakistani rupees”.