We’re all aware of the incident which happened in London where Pakistan’s Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb was heckled and harassed in a Coffee shop as well as the streets of London.
While walking on the street PTI supporters chanted ‘chorni, chorni’ and also dissed her for not wearing a duppatta.
The viral video in the coffee shop shows Maryam Aurangzeb sipping her coffee calmly while a group of people protest and shout at her. They also continue to record the entire episode without her consent.
Sad to see the toxic impact IK’s politics of hate & divisiveness has had on our brothers & sisters. I stayed & answered each & every question they had. Sadly, they are victims of IK’s propaganda. We will continue our work to counter IK’s toxic politics & bring people together https://t.co/KEgOPa5Y3p
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) September 25, 2022
The question arises, what are we normalizing? Why is the internet divided over this? Why can’t people differentiate between protesting and harassing. Women already think twice before heading outside alone on streets and such behavior is only going to make it worse.
Political differences aside, this behavior is problematic and allows the viscous cycle of demeaning, stalking and failing women again and again. We continue to belittle women for the clothes they wear and drag our deeply rooted and misogynist mindset in every corner of the world.
This is not the first time political supporters have heckled PML-N politicians. Earlier this year, a similar incident occurred in Madina when PM Shehbaz and his delegation arrived there. According to videos shared on social media, Pakistani pilgrims at the mosque started chanting slogans of ‘chor’ as soon as they saw the prime minister.
Ahsan Iqbal praised Maryam Auranzeb and the manner with which she dealt the situation.
Most deplorable, condemnable and shameful act by PTI hooligans. These were Hitler’s tactics. Imran is a fascist and turning his followers into street gangs.
Well done @Marriyum_A you showed grace & faced them boldly.
Truly a Sherni! https://t.co/YSmHt0o6Vb
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) September 25, 2022
Defence Minister Khwaja Asif also condemned the entire spectacle.
ھمارے بعض طبقات کی اوقات برطانیہ جا کر بھی نہیں بدلی، یہ لوگ ھماری سوسائٹی کی پست ترین سطح کی نمائندگی کر رہے ھیں. سیاسی اختلافات کو یہ رنگ دینا گھٹیا تربیت اور ایسے ٹرینڈ کی نشاندہی ھے جو عدم برداشت کی انتہا ھے. مزہب کے بعد سیاست میں متشدد رحجان ھمارےمعاشرےکوتباہ کر دے گا. https://t.co/pcsJiWbnLZ
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) September 25, 2022
It’s about time we understand how traumatizing such events can be for an individual regardless of their political affiliations.