About a month ago, Mehwish Hayat shared a tweet saying that the restrooms at Karachi airport are ‘dirty and stinking’. She shared her ‘misfortune’ on social media saying,
“Had misfortune to use the ladies room at Khi Airport… Even saw cockroaches. Not only is it unhygienic but is this the first impression we want to give to people arriving here?”
Disgusting! Had misfortune to use the ladies room at Khi Airport – dirty and stinking. Even saw cockroaches. Not only is it unhygienic but is this the first impression we want to give to people arriving here? These are the most basic amenities – let's clean up our act
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) January 24, 2020
Following this tweet, many more people came out and shared their airport experiences, some of which were really unpleasant.
And the cleaners sitting in the bathroom asking for money is another worst thing. I as Pakistani get irritated every time, Imagine what foreigners think. Either they should be paid enough or forbid them to do so.
— Ä (@AmnaSuleiman) January 24, 2020
So agree with u .. nt jst tht, wooden doors with brkn locks, stinking smell, on top of tgat the lady inside start asking for money, dollar, nahi to riyal, nhi to euro, chaloo baji rupees he day doo… this is so pathetic @sayedzbukhari @ImranKhanPTI @PCAAOfficial #jinnahterminal
— Ayesha Aftab Ali (@Guddloo) January 25, 2020
2 years ago I had the misfortune of changing my 6 months old baby’s diaper in the karachi departure lounge bathroom. I was whacking away flying cockroaches with one hand to keep my baby safe. While the cleaner kept continuously commenting on how I should or shouldn’t wash my kid
— Hareem Sumbul (@HareemSumbul) January 24, 2020
But now, it seems that the authorities have heard her call and decided to bring a change for the better.
On Monday February 24, Mehwish shared a happy update from the airport and wrote,
“So gratifying to pass through KHI Airport today & see this work being carried out on the gents and ladies’ rooms.”
Mehwish also shared a few pictures of construction being carried out and said that airports are the first thing travelers see in a country. She thanked the authorities for listening to her concerns.
“Airports are the 1st impression that visitors have of our country & it should be good one. Thank you to the authorities who listened to my request and took action.”
So gratifying to pass through KHI Airport today & see this work being carried out on the gents and ladies’ rooms. Airports are the 1st impression that visitors have of our country & it should be good one. Thank you to the authorities who listened to my request and took action. pic.twitter.com/LgDGeCtvLv
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) February 24, 2020
Her followers are happy to see this progress and we are reassured that raising one’s voice on social media can lead to change and betterment.
— Safdar Ahmed (@SafdarA13859768) February 24, 2020
That is the only way to get betterment in our country by rising the concern by ourselves, by pointing the actual situation which has to modified, and Thank you to the people like you for such awareness to the concerned department. Your voice matters ,keep it going ?
— Atif Khan (@SecreT6265) February 24, 2020
Good initiative, I always say airport bathrooms are the first impression anyone gets when you land in Pakistan.
— Huma Mir Zaman (@HumaMirZaman1) February 25, 2020