Pakistan khappay

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Pakistan khappay (Urdu: پاکستان کھپےا) is a Sindhi language phrase which means "Long live Pakistan" or "We want Pakistan". The phrase is controversial and notably has an irony attached to it as it means the exact opposite in Urdu and Punjabi, in which the word khappay is used to describe the state of being messed or disorderly.

Origin and usage[edit]

The term was first used and coined by President Asif Ali Zardari. Since then phrase has become important part of President Zardari's speech.[1]


Critics of Asif Ali Zardari and PPP question if he meant a Punjabi meaning or a Sindhi meaning when he said ‘Pakistan Khappay’. People’s confusion regarding this word “khappay” has increased since President Zardari has delivered speeches, first in Faisalabad on 17 January and then in Talagang (Danda Shah Bilawal) on 21 January, when he gave speeches in Punjabi on both occasions and he used this phrase. Critic Mohammad Aazam writes



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