The Islamabad office of Pakistan China Institute announced a new Joint Pakistan-China Think Tank dedicated to Research and Development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif address official media at the Prime Minister's House in Islamabad. Pic/AFP
"The new think tank is the first joint initiative of China and Pakistan which will be dedicated to research on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor," said Senator Mushahid Hussain in Pakistan on Sunday
According to a press statement issued by the Islamabad office of the Pakistan China Institute, "Research and Development International(RANDI)" will have two co-chairpersons, Madame Zhao Baige, former minister and currently member of parliament and vice chairperson of foreign affairs committee of the National People's Congress and Senator Hussain.
Everything was fine with this harmless think-tank, till the acronym was announced 'Randi'. It was enough for Twitteratis who had a field day making jokes and memes. In case you still wonder what the fuss is all about, Randi is a crude word in Hindi for prostitutes. Take a look at some of the tweets.
"Well, that's an unfortunate name for a think tank...," Fatima Bhutto, a well known Pakistani poet and writer, tweeted.
"It took joint Pak-Chinese imagination to produce this marvellous 5-letter disaster of Acronymological proportions," tweeted Shekhar Gupta a well known Indian journalist.
Jishy @ mscofpuppets
And the Headquarters of #RANDI will be - LaWhore !
Research and Development International
Go home Pakistan .. YOU ARE DRUNK
Sorabh Pant @hankypanty
Not surprised that China and Pakistan's economic think tank is called RANDI.
China has always been a Red Light Area.
Kroor Singh @doubtinggaurav
Breaking:Pak has decided to rename Research And Dev Int (R.A.N.D.I) now it will be called Chinese Active Alliance CHIN.A.AL
Chandan Sadhu @chandansadhu
#Pakistan is now officially #China's #RANDI
Chinese and Pakistani thinkers will be working for RANDI. Lulz..
That awkward moment when a think tank does not even think its name through. #RANDI
Rahul Garewal @rahulgarewal
I can understand China's linguistic limitations but what was #Pakistan thinking while #RANDI was being conceived.
Manish Chauhan @manishwebmaster
After #RANDI, Next joint venture between Pak and China will be #DALLA: Defense Academy for Long Lasting Alliance!!
With inputs from agencies