Pakistan: TikTok stars shoot videos next to forest fires, sparking outrage | DayDayNews Social Media News

Humaira Asghar posted a clip of herself frolicking in front of a burning hillside in a silver ball gown with the caption: “Wherever I am, the fire will explode”.

A Pakistani social media star with millions of followers faces criticism after posing for TikTok video next to forest fires devastating heatwave causing widespread suffering in the country.

Humaira Asghar posted a clip of herself frolicking in front of a burning hillside in a silver ball gown with the caption: “Wherever I am, the fire will explode.”

It comes after police arrested a man in the northwestern city of Abbottabad earlier this month for deliberately starting a bushfire as the backdrop for a video.

Temperatures in parts of Pakistan have peaked at 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit) in recent days, making it difficult for the poor and vulnerable to withstand the heat in the impoverished country.

Asghar, who has more than 11 million followers on TikTok, said in a statement released by her assistant that she didn’t start a fire and “there’s no harm in making videos.”

The clip has been taken down.

“She should have taken a bucket of water to put out the fire, not beautify it,” said Rina Saeed Khan Satti, an environmental activist and chair of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Committee.

At least one other blaze broke out in the hills around the Pakistani capital this week, the group said, following a social media video.

“The messages conveyed by these videos are too risky and need to be controlled,” Sati said.

A comment under Asghar’s video on TikTok called her actions “pure ignorance and madness.”

According to the Global Climate Risk Index compiled by the NGO Germanwatch, Pakistan is the eighth most affected country by extreme weather caused by climate change.

But experts say there is a lack of public awareness of environmental issues.

Forest fires are common from mid-April to the end of July due to heat and lightning and slash-and-burn farming.

TikTok is widely used by young people in Pakistan, with videos regularly garnering hundreds of thousands of likes.

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