Following Pakistan’s recent change of administration, local freelancers took to Twitter to demand PayPal for the country. Last month, it quickly became a trend on Twitter, and it’s happening again this month, with thousands of people reminding the government via PayPal.
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According to our sources, the government was also considering inviting the payment gateway behemoth to Pakistan, but there has been no further word on the topic since then.
Hisham Sarwar brought the subject up again, resulting in a Twitter trend.
PayPalinPakistan is now trending on Twitter, with around 7000 tweets. Not only that, but the hashtag “1 Million Freelancers” is now trending, with over 3500 people reminding the Pakistani government of the huge number of freelancers in the nation despite the lack of PayPal.
We r more than 1 Million Freelancers and we want #PayPalinPakistan pic.twitter.com/3tjBhDs9Fc— h-a-m-m-a-d (@iamhmmad1) May 31, 2022
These Twitter users bring out the fact that Pakistan is ranked fourth among the top ten freelancing countries in the globe, with millions of subscribers. Not to add that the country had held the third rank on the list for quite some time, until recently losing it to Brazil.
Brazil has a 48 percent freelance market growth rate, while Pakistan is close behind at 47 percent.
4th position with 1 million freelancers 🙌🇵🇰 #PayPalinPakistan | @PayPal pic.twitter.com/oYmkJ9JsUT— 💫 H A L Y N O O R 💫 (@Candy5r) May 31, 2022
As is customary, the trending hashtag was accompanied by a slew of memes.
1 million freelancers right now #PayPalinPakistan pic.twitter.com/CxyV7M0d8v— h-a-m-m-a-d (@iamhmmad1) May 31, 2022
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Pakistanis have made a large-scale demand for PayPal, with no success. PayPal turned down the offer in 2015 and 2019 due to the State Bank of Pakistan’s severe regulatory limitations and the lengthy licencing process.
As a result, whether we will see a favourable improvement on this front or not remains to be seen.