How Imran Khan’s party put the cat among the pigeons

Screengrab from Facebook live of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf meet meet with the cat gaffe. Photo: PTI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa/Facebook

In a major goof-up and a much embarrassing situation for the Pakistan government, a meeting of the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday (June 15) was live streamed on Facebook with the ‘cat filter’ on. Members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were seen with the cat-filter on their faces – all decked up with pink cat ears, whiskers and rosy cheeks.

For all the trouble, social media was quick to catch the cat by its tail, quite literally in this case and in no time, Twitter was aflood with memes, jokes and criticism on the live-stream.

The PTI’s clarification to the incident was even funnier or rather ironic.

The party in a statement issued late on Saturday night said, “Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s social media team is deemed to be the pioneers of social-media in Pakistan. We not only pride ourselves in bringing Pakistani Politics to internet but also feel content in setting high standards of SOPs and etiquette with the help of our dedicated volunteer based SM force,” the letter said.

PTI later deleted the video and replaced it with the filters removed.

The cat-filter that works in accordance with face-detecting techniques on the social media platform Snapchat was left on by some “hardworking volunteer” of the party, the statement pointed out.