WATCH: Shehryar Afridi laments treatment of women in US

In viral video, PTI leader can be seen lecturing the West on women's rights while strolling in New York’s Times Square


News Desk September 21, 2021
Chairman Kashmir Committee. Shehryar Afridi/SCREENGRAB

A video of Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Shehryar Afridi has gone viral on social media wherein he can be seen lamenting ‘living conditions’ of women in the United States.

Afridi, who is in the US on an official trip, while strolling in New York’s Times Square pointed towards a homeless woman and said “see the condition of women in the country which lectures others on human rights”.

“This is not a just political slogan but a reality... a ground reality,” he said.

Pakistanis belonging to all ethnicities give respect to women, said Afridi, maintaining that women in Pakistan are living under better conditions than in those countries that "pretend to be the champions of human rights".

A day earlier, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed had refuted reports that Afridi was stopped from entering the United States after he failed to satisfy immigration officials at New York’s JFK airport.

The spokesperson in a statement issued on Sunday said Afridi arrived in New York via flight QR-0701 at 3.15pm on September 15, 2021 to raise awareness on war crimes in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“As noted by the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, as a first time visitor, Mr Afridi had secondary screening briefly and was cleared in routine without any guarantees being sought or given by anyone from the Embassy or the Consulate,” read the statement.

The clarification comes after various media reports claimed that the US officials grilled Afridi for about an hour and allo­wed him entry into the country only after the Pakistani consulate in New York confirmed his credentials.

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