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Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar apologises for tweet on the Kashmir issue

Friday, 7 February 2014 - 4:32pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk
The Pakistani scribe, who was recently in the limelight because of the nasty row with Shashi Tharoor's late wife Sunanda Pushkar on Twitter, has once again raised a storm on the micro-blogging website on a comment she made on the Kashmir issue

Barely out of her first controversy on Twitter, Pakistani writer Mehr Tarar has once again plunged herself into another verbal mishap that has earned the ire of many on the Twitterverse. In a tweet, put out on late Wednesday evening, Feburary 5, she commented on the state of affairs in her home country Pakistan.

Pakistan sambhala jaa nahin raha, Kashmir ka naara yaad hai. FATA, Balochistan,KP, Karachi,& many other places in hell. Think abt them first

— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 5, 2014

Roughly translated, her comment said to no one in particular, that even though (they) are unable to take care of Pakistan, yet (they) raise the clarion call for Kashmir. In what came across as a rather sarcastic remark, it raised questions over political issues currently faced by Pakistan. While she found many supporters who extended solidarity to her tweets, she was also met with an instant backlash by Pakistanis and Indians alike, leading to a bitter online confrontation.

To this, Tarar attempted to further explain her stand on issues of human right violations in Kashmir and at one point even pledge her allegiance to Pakistan, which brought little comfort to those who were "offended" by her statements.

I always talk against human rights violations in Kashmir;questioned CM Abdullah 2. But today what matters 2 me more is #Pakistan NOT Kashmir

— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 5, 2014

And I always tweet 4 #Pakistan,& always will. My love 4 my Pakistan will always compel me 2 look at the bitter truth.W/ helluva lot of pain

— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 5, 2014

The inability of BOTH Pakistanis and Indians to handle the truth. Say the word #Kashmir; & for all the right-wingers all hell breaks loose.

— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 5, 2014

The blind bigotry baffles. My Kashmir tweet had NADA to do w/ India. It was about my pain for Pakistanis not raising a voice 4 the hell here

— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 6, 2014

However, after a flood of tweets directed towards her, in extremely bad taste, Tarar put out an official apology tweet to placate the excited Twitter audiences:

My apology 4 any inadvertent hurt done 2any Pakistani,Kashmiri.My K twt was on the sabre-rattling clergy,leaders who don't c the hell in Pak

— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) February 7, 2014

Tarar, was at the receiving end of a lot of negative attention and backlash on Twitter earlier last month, following accusations made by Shashi Tharoor's wife Sunanda Pushkar over an alleged affair with the Indian MP. Pushkar was found dead a few days later under mysterious circumstances at a Delhi hotel.

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