PTI’s Gandapur faces backlash over comments against Maryam
Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Khan Gandapur has once again drawn condemnation for making “inappropriate” remarks against the opposition leader and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz at a public rally during the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s election campaign in Tarar Khal, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
During his speech, the minister mentioned Maryam and said: “You have spent eight crore (Rs80 million) on surgery from our (taxpayer’s) money. I will unmask your real face before the public by removing it.”
He also labelled the PML-N leader as “daaku rani” while accusing her father and former premier Nawaz Sharif of befriending his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during his last rule.
He further remarked that we (while referring to public) would slap her in the face so much that her real face would be revealed to everyone.
People have condemned Gandapur’s remarks with a trending hashtag campaign on social media.
Lawyer Reema Omer took the matter to social media as she posted a message on Twitter which stated: “Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan openly making sexist, inflammatory comments about Maryam Nawaz before a charged crowd using violent language.”
She said that she had almost not believed the reports and had to to watch the speech herself.
Reema also posted an old video of Gandapur’s “indecent” remarks against Maryam which he made in November 2020 while campaigning for Gilgit-Baltistan elections.
“This pattern also shows his troubling obsession with Maryam and her appearance,” Reema added.
While expressing his concerns, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif said that he was disgusted by the shameful language Ali Amin Gandapur had used against Maryam Nawaz.
“His words are not only violent but also deeply mysoginist. Just imagine that people with this mindset have been given the responsibility to govern a country of 220 million people,” he wrote on Twitter.
Pakistan Peoples Party leader and provincial information minister Nasir Hussain Shah termed Gandapur’s behaviour “rubbish & nonsense”.
He said as the result of such actions characters like Zahir Jaffer and Usman Mirza were born.
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