A Pakistani social media star with millions of followers is facing criticism after posing for a ticking video by a forest fire, as a devastating heat wave has caused widespread misery in the country.
Humaira Asghar posted a clip of herself playing sports in a silver ball gown in front of a burning mountain: “Fire burns wherever I am.”
It comes after police arrested a man for intentionally setting a forest on fire in the northwestern city of Abbottabad earlier this month as the backdrop of a video.
The Pakistani tic-tac-toe set fire to the forest for a 15-second video.
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Temperatures in some parts of Pakistan have peaked at 51 degrees Celsius in recent days, forcing the poor and vulnerable to fight to defeat the heat in poor countries.
Ms Asghar, who has more than 11 million followers on TikTok, said in a statement released by an aide that she had not started the fire and that “there was no harm in making the video”.
The clip has since been removed.
“She should have kept a bucket of water to put out the fire,” said Rina Saeed Khan Satti, chairperson of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board and an environmentalist and chairperson of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board.
The group said at least another fire had started in the mountains surrounding the Pakistani capital this week for a social media video.
“The message that these videos are sending is extremely risky and needs to be contained,” said Mrs. Satty.
A comment on Mrs. Asghar’s video on TikTok stated that her actions were “mere ignorance and insanity”.
According to the Global Climate Risk Index compiled by the NGO Germanwatch, Pakistan is the eighth most vulnerable country to extreme weather due to climate change.
But experts say there is a lack of public awareness about the environment.
Forest fires are common from mid-April to the end of July, due to extreme temperatures and thunderstorms, as well as slash-and-burn cultivation.
TikTok is widely used by young people in Pakistan and videos often get thousands of likes
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