A video of a frail-looking man begging for money on board a flight went viral.
People given different opinions:
“Video of a Pakistani man begging on an international flight circulating on whatsapp. Not sure why people are laughing at it. The man is obviously either very desperate in life or suffering some mental illness.”
“A man delayed a Qatar Airways flight when he started begging other passengers for money. ”
“He wasn’t a beggar, he was just a Pakistani”” are some of the comments that have been, since then, doing the rounds of the Internet, referring to Pakistan as his place of origin.
— NatiqHaque™️ (@syednatiqhaq) June 21, 2018
Danyal Gilani, whose Twitter bio reads “Chairman Central Film Censor Board. Former Press Secretary to PM.” among other things, refuted the news that he was Pakistani and said he was, in fact, an Iranian deportee.
Not true. This video is made onboard a Doha-Shiraz flight. The so-called beggar, who is an Iranian deportee, speaking Farsi & the lady making the video is also speaking in Farsi. The old man was deported without any money so he was asking passengers in the plane to help him out.
— Danyal Gilani (@DanyalGilani) June 19, 2018