Jurassic Post: Afghan Minister's Gaffe Raises Meritocracy Concerns
Ezzatullah Mehrdad, 25 Jan 18
       


Shahzad Gul Aryoubi, the Afghan minister of Communications and Information Technology. Official government photo.

Part of Aryoubi's problems were linguistic. As a Pashto-speaker, he appeared to struggle in Dari, the country's other official language and its most widely-spoken among non-Pashtun ethnic groups. Aryoubi was one of 11 out of 22 ministers approved to take up positions in the cabinet by Afghanistan's parliament at the end of last year.

During the January 7 speech, he mispronounced several words and said that postal services in Afghanistan dated back “1.5 million centuries”, before humans even roamed the earth.

Parwiz Kawa, an Afghan journalist, attacked the new communications minister, whom he viewed as barely literate.

Lal Bakht, a female Twitter user, mocked the minister and Internet speed in Afghanistan.


 


I sent an email 1.5 million centuries ago, but it's still in process. Such is the speed of Internet in Afghanistan.


A meme featuring a dinosaur-themed illustration and the minister proved a hit on both Facebook and Twitter.

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