KARACHI: A valuable lesson in life is to be careful about what you say in public. And if anyone truly needs to be reminded of this lesson it is PPP’s Nabil Gabol. Over the past few days, the former member of the National Assembly made some outrages statements and then apologized by making some even more outrageous statements. Here is a breakdown of Nabil Gabol and his shocking stance on
It all began two days ago when the PPP leader was invited on Shehzad Ghias’s podcast. While on the topic of being overpowered by the opposition, Nabil Gabol made his insane rape analogy. He claimed there is an English proverb that goes, “When rape is imminent, enjoy it.” Ghias, for his part, looked uncomfortable as he tried to refute the statement by claiming that there is no such proverb. Undeterred, Gabol went on to say, “When rape is imminent, just enjoy it.” He also claimed that if the victim has honor, they should fight against the rape.
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Naturally, people were horrified by the statements made and took to social media to express their disgust.
Comments like these promote rape culture within our society, where victims and survivors already find it difficult to report acts of patriarchal violence and sexual assault, and lend unfounded legitimacy to the dichotomy of “good” and “bad” victims. 4/4
— عورت مارچ لاہور – Aurat March Lahore (@AuratMarch) April 3, 2023
petition to hold Nabeel Gabol accountable in the worst way possible for his rhetoric remarks on rape. This filth won’t be tolerated in any way.
— Hunaina Aman (@hunaina_aman) April 3, 2023
Nabeel Gabol “if rape in imminent, enjoy it”. This sick man has served as member of Parliament. Him and his likes are part of & promoters of rape culture
— Ayesha Siddique Khan (@Ayesha_SK11) April 3, 2023
It did not take long for the Pakistan People’s Party to take note of what their minister was saying and issued a show cause notice where Gabol was given 3 days to explain his remarks.
The Pakistan Peoples Party on Tuesday issued a show-cause notice to Mr Nabeel Gabol for making an insensitive comment about rape in a podcast.
The notice issued by PPP Sindh president Nisar Khuhro asked Mr Gabol to explain his remarks within three days. https://t.co/nQVDD8ojuU
— Pakistan Peoples Party – PPP (@PPP_Org) April 4, 2023
The show cause noticed forced Nabil Gabol to take back what he said about rape and clarify that he absolutely condemns rape and that his statements were misinterpreted. He claimed he was not talking about women being raped and was rather talking about society as a whole. But, in the midst of his clarifications, Gabol decided to make a political statement to make himself out to be the victim. He claimed that this whole fiasco was started by his rival party PTI to make him more “popular.”
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I dint know , i wil get so much attraction and attention on my statment i had quoted frm a french Novel and if a sensible mind would understand wat i said if r…pe is immenent just enjoy it or else standup for the injustice in society, wen u cant raise ur voice and sit quietly…
— Nabil Gabol (@Nabilgabol) April 3, 2023
And his word vomit did not end there. Just hours after apologizing for his remarks regarding rape, Gabol made yet another problematic statement. This time, he quoted
Imran Khan and implied that the PTI leader did not receive the same criticism for his comments because he is thin and handsome.
Hum kare tu saala charecter deela hai …. This is what Time magazine say about Imran khan .Iam surprised not a single person such as @FifaHaroon or @MunizaeJahangir or @sharmilafaruqi or @farehaaltaf and Aurat march organisers said anything against khan . I think i need to lose… pic.twitter.com/j4YHCd6eH1
— Nabil Gabol (@Nabilgabol) April 5, 2023
Needless to say, Nabil Gabol hasn’t done himself any favors with his outrageous statements!