Karachi: Popular Pakistani singer Komal Rizvi has become the butt of ridicule and anger on Facebook after she posted on the social networking site a selfie with well-known social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, who is seriously ill and under treatment in a hospital.
The selfies showing Rizvi smiling at the camera with a clearly distressed and unwell Edhi lying on the hospital bed has led to netizens lashing out at the singer on social media despite her attempts to defend her action.
Many felt that while it was laudable that Rizvi was in the forefront of charitable causes this Ramazan, her selfie with the sick Edhi was something which had gone too far. Rizvi recently visited Edhi, who is under treatment and said to be very ill, and took selfies with the ailing man and his wife. She later posted them on Facebook.
She said the 90-year-old had dedicated his entire life to selfless service and charitable causes for this "thankless" nation and continues to do so despite his dialysis.
"I cannot thank Almighty enough for giving me this unforgettable moment and opportunity to meet the most important man in Pakistan," she wrote.
But majority felt otherwise and under different hashtags, the singer's action was taken apart, with one tweet saying: "Apparently #KomalRizvi decided it was more important to take a selfie with Edhi saab than to pray for his health."
"Oh both your kidneys have failed? That's sad. But wait, first let me take a selfie," another tweet said.
Yet another tweet said: "Its not #edhi sahab who is sick...the actual sick person is right beside him taking selfie with pleasure?? #shame on #komalrizvi".
A defiant Rizvi reposted the photos, saying "because I don't think anyone else in pakistan has a greater selfie than this". "Both Edhi Sahab and I were happy taking it. We were laughing and joking and singing and talking about other celebrity visits and how i can possibly participate in the future with their foundation.
"I am ALSO EXTREMELY disappointed with how nasty, negative, and lazy and hypocritical some people in Pakistan are. To take such an innocent and beautiful thing and turn it into something ugly," she wrote.