The leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Maryam Nawaz was arrested which caused a storm in the National Assembly. The chairman of People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari gave the fiercest response.
Maryam Nawaz was arrested after she met her father in prison form Kot Lakhpat Jail. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned her in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, but it was decided by her not to appear.
Bilawal thundered across the hall “How can you do this?” as members of his party and other opposition parties beat their desks in unison.
The chairman of People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asserted that the government was being petty by going after the women of the opposition due to which his criticism took a strange turn.
Bilawal bellowed into the mic that “Fight the men, if you have to fight. Arrest the men, if you have to make arrests”.
He added that it was only the dictator Zia-ul-Haq who had gone after the women of those who opposed him even though his family had been in politics for generations but.
The chairman of People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari further continued that “But this Naya Pakistan, where Imran Khan had promised justice has arrested Maryam Nawaz without any conviction.”
He further termed the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan as “beghairat (dishonorable)” at which the treasury benches erupted in noise.
The remarks were made as a surprise from a politician as he himself has been subjected to sexist jibes in the past.
The chairman of People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was referred as “Sahiba” or a lady by the Prime Minister Imran Khan during a speech earlier this year.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had said taken back his remarks on this by saying that “mistakes can be made” after mainstream and social media erupted in outrage,
The mother of Bilawal, Benazir Bhutto was the first female Muslim Prime Minister in the world. She made her way to power by taking on a Military regime that had hanged her father.
Better ways could have been arguably found by the chairman of People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in order to express his sentiments where women are continuously fighting for political space.
Remarks made by the Party leaders should be given carefully in a country where women need reserved seats to maintain their voice in assembly and are often barred from voting.