Khawaja Asif calls Firdous Ashiq Awan a ‘dumper’, a year after his Shireen Mazari ‘tractor trolley’ remarks

Published: June 13, 2017
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Firdous Ashiq Awan and Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: Express

Firdous Ashiq Awan and Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: Express

Over a year after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif submitted an unconditional apology in the parliament for his ‘sexist’ remarks against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Dr Shireen Mazari, he has now targeted another female member of the party, Firdous Ashiq Awan.

In an apparent reference to former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders joining the PTI lately, Asif tweeted: “While PM making history through personal example… Imran Khan collecting political garbage, taking party to gutters… pretending recycling of incyclable.”

PPP leaders, including former Punjab governor Ghulam Mustafa Khar, former Sindh chief minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi and former minister Firdous Ashiq Awan have recently jumped ship to join the PTI.

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The defence minister, however, did not target the male politicians joining the party and instead went on to cast slurs against the female politician.

“There is silver lining for Imran Khan, tractor trolley and newly acquired dumper can be used for hauling political garbage… no additional effort / expense,” Asif tweeted likening Awan to a ‘dumper’.

Targeting Mazari last year, the minister had pointed towards the PTI leader during a National Assembly session and said, “Someone make this tractor trolley keep quiet”, when she and other lawmakers protested against his speech on power outages during Ramazan.

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Asif, who also holds the portfolio of water and power, ridiculed Mazari for her appearance and unusual voice. Surprisingly, he stubbornly refused to apologise for his unprecedented taunt. “I was heckled,” the angry minister said justifying his abusive comments. “It will be better if you first transform your masculine voice into a more feminine one,” Asif told Mazari during a water and power discussion in the National Assembly.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • razi
    Jun 13, 2017 - 4:36PM

    Shameful remarks by the senior member of the ruling party. Women should not be titled in such disgraceful and uncivilized manner.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 13, 2017 - 6:20PM

    Imran and opposition also say very bad things about Sharifs and their ladies but as a Sharif family supporter I condemn these remarks. Recommend

  • Javaid Randhawa
    Jun 13, 2017 - 7:08PM

    Condemned by me as an ordinary citizen.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jun 14, 2017 - 12:39AM

    Wish he had said the same thing rather politely, because what he said is unfortunately true. The way he says things is rather uncivilized!Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 14, 2017 - 1:48AM

    I don’t think there’s anything vulgar in this. And it doesn’t take away from the fact that PTI is collecting garbage.Recommend

  • Anz
    Jun 14, 2017 - 6:04AM

    Is this ur politics, name calling like school kids. Recommend

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