Politicians, Civil society criticize Imran Khan for making “sexist” remarks against Maryam Nawaz.

After PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday evening issued an objectionable statement against PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz during his Multan address, politicians, journalists, and civil society members have censured Khan for his “sexist and misogynist” comments.

During his jalsa, Khan, referring to Maryam’s Sargodha rally on May 19 in which she continually berated him, said: “Someone had sent me the speech delivered by Maryam Nawaz in Sargodha yesterday.”

“In that speech, she uttered my name with such passion that I would like to tell her: Maryam, please be careful, your husband may get upset because you were constantly repeating my name.”

Following his comments, condemnations started pouring in from politicians and civil society members on social media.

PM Shehbaz Sharif

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also happens to be Maryam’s paternal uncle, expressed strong disapproval of Imran Khan’s statement and said that the entire nation, especially women, should strongly condemn the “deplorable language used against the daughter of the nation Maryam Nawaz.”

Asif Zardari

Censuring Khan for his statement against the PML-N vice president, former president Asif Ali Zardari said that he condemned the derogatory language used by the PTI chairman.

“Those who have mothers and sisters in their homes do not use such language against other women,” the PPP co-chairman said. “Please, do not stoop so low in the name of politics.”

HRCP

Taking notice of Imran Khan’s ‘vile’ remarks, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) condemned his statement.

“It is simply unacceptable that the political narrative should crumble into such glaring intolerance and sexism.”

The HRCP further mentioned that Imran Khan is a national leader and he must “learn to conduct national conversations with his political rivals”.

Marriyum Aurangzeb

Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, taking to Twitter, also condemned Khan’s statement and said that the coalition government was trying to save the mothers and daughters of Pakistan from “this evil.”

Reham Khan

Journalist and former wife of the PTI chairman, Reham Khan, wrote on Twitter: “I am very ashamed that I was ever associated with such a bad man.”

She also praised Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s politeness and condemned the “rudeness of a 70-year-old man.”

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