Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, during in an interview, said that “Western feminism has degraded the role of mothers.”
“I disagree with the feminism movement that has degraded the role of a mother,” says PTI chief
The cricketer-turned-politician further told the interviewer that his mother played a major role in his upbringing and that “Children learn from their mothers. Mother tongue comes from mother… I disagree with the feminism movement that has degraded the role of a mother,” he said in an interview with Pakistani media outlet Hum News.
Although Imran Khan’s stance on feminism still remains unclear, it should be noted that he did not disagree with feminism’s main objective that is equal rights for women.
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Imran Khan’s comments spark a Twitter row as PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto and Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan reacts
PTI chief’s comments started a debate on social media and amid a barge of criticism, he did find some support. Imran Khan, who aspires to be Pakistan’s next Prime Minister, was called irresponsible, misleading, and asked if he even knew what “feminism” meant.
Here’s a video of the interview as posted by Omar Shahid, a Twitter user from Islamabad:
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) June 17, 2018
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, tweeted the words of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in an attempt to explain that no country can prosper without its women working side by side to its men:
“No nation can rise to height of glory unless women r side by side with you.We r victims of evil customs.Its a crime against humanity tht women r shutup within walls of houses as prisoners.Theres no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition which women have to live.”-Jinnah
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) June 17, 2018
Imran Khan’s ex-wife, who is also publishing a book that reportedly will tarnish his reputation as a respectable man, tweeted:
Trolls associated with PTI rose to his defence, calling us dastardly feminists with a ‘Western agenda’ and insisting that feminism does indeed ruin the motherhood experience.
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) June 18, 2018
Some, however, defended Imran Khan saying that the leader never said that women shouldn’t get equal rights, and how “feminism does not look upon motherhood.”
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Lahore-based writer Mehr Tarar said, “Just because he has old fashioned views about certain concepts and movements, that in no way, in my opinion, makes him (misogynist) or anti-women rights.”
Ref @ImranKhanPTI's interview with @AmberRShamsi, IK said he disagrees with the western concept of feminism – never said he disapproves of equal rights for women. You may not like the man, but it doesn't mean that your disdain for him makes him anti women rights.
— Omar Shahid (@omarshahid_) June 17, 2018
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