Pakistan is a post-colonial country. Our elite is inherited from the pre-colonial era and they are mostly the same lot who used to write Dogs and Indians not be allowed outside buildings. As the elite is what harbours culture portrayed in popular media generally, Pakistanis always tried to be more western, adopting their language, culture and even outfits. Anyone who could not speak English is termed “paindu”, a derogatory term. Many of our artists are also seen saying “We don’t speak Urdu well” as they feel it is some sort of achievement on their part. In regular households, too many parents encourage their kids to speak English. The same was noticed by Netizens about Saba Shah aka Aizal from Farq.
She shared in an interview that she is very “burger” and cannot speak Urdu well. Though she is brought up and schooled in Pakistan, she could not speak her native language well and her friends also used to mock her for this.
This is what Saba had to say:
Netizens had their own thoughts on this and this is what they had to say about Saba not being great in Urdu: