KARACHI: While he might be the most popular vote for the upcoming elections, Imran Khan is not necessarily the popular candidate amongst many women because of his victim blaming attitude. The former prime minster of Pakistan has a history of making controversial statements about women and
harassment and in his most recent statement, Imran Khan chose to blame prominent
news journalist Gharida Farooqi for the actions of men.
صحافیوں پر حملے اور سوشل میڈیا پر ٹرولنگ کے بارے سوال پر سابق وزیراعظم PTI چئیرمین عمران خان کا جواب۔۔ #MediaFreedom #PressUnderAttack #AttackonJournalists #JournalismIsNotACrime #PressPredator pic.twitter.com/yT1zEjsX7e
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) October 18, 2022
While in conversation with delegations of the National Press Club and the Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists, Khan was asked a question in regards to female journalists being harassed while covering PTI rallies. While he claimed that he would pay special attention to the matter and would give special instructions to his supporters on the matter, Imran Khan also decided to indulge in a bit of victim blaming. Making an example out of prominent journalist Gharida Farooqi, he claimed, “If she invades male dominated spaces, she is bound to be harassed.”
Naturally, the statement targeting Gharida Farooqi did not sit well with many, who called Imran Khan out for victim blaming yet again. Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan was one of the first people to call him out for his statement and not only demanded that he be boycotted but also made a point to the female PTI supporters.
The national press club & the union of journalists should boycott this man for his disgusting sexist remarks. Show some honour & solidarity.
And for PTI women this is who you voted for
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) October 18, 2022
Others deemed his statements as unacceptable:
— M.Zahaib Nabeel (@zahaibnabeel) October 18, 2022
— Syed Sammer Abbas (سید ثمر عباس) (@SammerAbbas) October 18, 2022