Social media is in a split after Prime Minister Imran Khan has delivered a highly condemnable statement terming Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto as ‘Sahiba’ (Miss). The statement caused an uproar online.
Since then PM Imran is being immensely censured by some eminent political leaders, journalists, social media users and even the international community for his sexist remark targeting Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supremo called PM Imran’s statement ‘unbecoming and reprehensible’.
This is beyond words. It’s Shameful. Unbecoming. Reprehensible. The selected PM is clearly unfit for the job. Sad day for Pakistan! https://t.co/9PdY9d8KrK
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 24, 2019
Maryam Nawaz also commented on PM Imran Khan’s statement for Bilawal.
Absolutely disgusting. Odious. https://t.co/Xe5KIJ7rPw
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) April 24, 2019
Meanwhile, Bilawal himself replied to PM in these words, “What was that about small men in big offices? #PMSelect”
What was that about small men in big offices? #PMSelect
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) April 24, 2019
Some prominent women journalists like Asma Shirazi and Meher Bokhari have also come forth calling out the premier for what he said.
Poor and misogynist statement by pm against @BBhuttoZardari calling him sahiba . We don’t expect this kind of language from anyone and off course PM
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) April 24, 2019
— Meher Bokhari (@meherbokhari) April 24, 2019
Disgusting use of misogynist language by Prime Minister IK against @BBhuttoZardari calling him ‘sahiba’. Use of garbage language will make IK’s followers happy but it lowers his status & shows how Bilawal’s criticism has made the government desperate pic.twitter.com/kdiTzu8gHJ
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) April 24, 2019
IK use word ‘Sahiba’ for Bilawal Bhutto.
Its terrible that PM of a country passing such misogynist remarks against a young & a top political leader.
All the puppets are using such dirty language ag Bilawal. Such psychopaths must be fixed now. Strong reaction must now. https://t.co/0eJqCdWkEC
— Ahmad Noorani (@Ahmad_Noorani) April 24, 2019
It’s not just a cheap attack on @BBhuttoZardari but also gives a sad insight into the mind of @ImranKhanPTI, who seems to think being a woman is in some way inferior to being a man. Feel pity for people who have nothing but their gender to be proud of themselves. pic.twitter.com/tNjQXfuL6J
— Muaaz Ahsan (@MuaazAhsanGeo) April 24, 2019
The spin that can’t be spun 🤦♀️ https://t.co/lqPMQAo3eF
— Zebunnisa Burki (@zburki) April 24, 2019
Famed comedian Jeremy McLellan also took a sarcastic jibe at the statement intended to paint women in a weaker picture.
He tweeted in these words, “‘Sahiba’ can also mean “Gentleman.” It’s a dialect of Urdu spoken only on the Japanese-German border.”
“Sahiba” can also mean “Gentleman.” It’s a dialect of Urdu spoken only on the Japanese-German border.
— Jeremy McLellan Sahiba (@JeremyMcLellan) April 24, 2019