Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson Imran Khan has been strongly criticised for his ‘sexist’ comments wherein he said during a rally that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif should be careful as her husband might get upset over how ‘passionately’ she mentions Imran during her speeches.
Speaking to a crowd of PTI supporters in Multan on Friday, he said “Maryam Nawaz kept mentioning me with such passion and rigor while speaking at her rally,” adding that he wanted to tell her to be careful that her husband doesn’t get upset over how she mentions Imran.
Following his statement, users on Twitter have been speaking out against the sexist comments made by the former prime minister.
Many have commented on how the easiest weapon men in this country have against women is to cast aspersions at their character and humiliate them.
Others have pointed out that in a society where ‘honor’ revolves around women and what they do, statements such as the one made by Khan have led to generations long animosities amongst communities.
Some people are commenting on the power imbalance at play, as Imran Khan is older and more experienced than Maryam, and just by virtue of being a man he is granted more culture capital in society.
Others are pointing out that these remarks are characteristic for Khan, who has been the subject of internet ire many times before for his sexist remarks on victim blaming and sexual assault.