Imran Khan's remarks on feminism draw social media ire

Published: June 17, 2018
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Imran Khan said he disagreed with the West's Feminist Movement. PHOTO: FILE

Imran Khan said he disagreed with the West's Feminist Movement. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Speaking to a private TV channel, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that he disagrees with the Western ‘feminist movement’.

Khan claimed that the movement has contributed to ‘degenerating’ motherhood.

The remarks of PTI chairperson were deemed ‘anti-women’ and drew a social media backlash.

The twitteratis perceived such comments as highly ‘irresponsible’ and criticised Khan on his lack of knowledge of the ideology and movement.

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Khan was accused of having lack of consideration for the gains (right to vote, run for office) of Women Suffrage Movement which also resulted in feminist movements across the globe demanding equal rights to life in a society. Commentators termed the remarks as a major disappointment.

When contacted, the party’s media spokesperson didn’t respond to the questions The Express Tribune asked regarding the controversial statement, saying that ‘he is unaware of such a statement made by the party chief’.

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  • Farastad
    Jun 17, 2018 - 9:34PM

    IK is right.Recommend

  • Yaseen
    Jun 18, 2018 - 12:41AM

    Don’t like IK but agreed 100% with this statementRecommend

  • Joe
    Jun 18, 2018 - 1:16AM

    Totally agree with IK here. The western conceptualization of feminism has morphed into male bashing, preferential treatment of women over men and relegating the crucial role of motherhood in developing the society. Kudos to IK for being politically incorrect and standing by his principles. Recommend

  • aslam mir
    Jun 18, 2018 - 7:42AM

    Generally IK’s comments and views are questionable to say the least. But on this matter, while feminism was a great idea, in practice it leaves a lot to be desired.Recommend

  • Hamna
    Jun 18, 2018 - 4:13PM

    This is how he is. take it or leave it.Recommend

  • Manzoor Ahmed
    Jun 19, 2018 - 10:05AM

    Across the border Javed Akhtar has also said the same thing regarding the position of mothers in India. This shameful vendetta against Imran Khan will not stop even after the elections.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Jun 19, 2018 - 10:32AM

    @Hamna
    You nailed it!Recommend

  • Javed
    Jul 30, 2018 - 1:11PM

    @Manzoor Ahmed:
    I had high hopes for him, after this position on feminism. May god help Pakistan.Recommend

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