WATCH: ‘PTI supporters’ heckle Marriyum in London

Information minister remained calm in face of 'harassment'; blames Imran Khan’s politics of hate for incident

News Desk September 25, 2022
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb at a cafe in London. SCREENGRAB

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, who is in London with a PML-N delegation led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was heckled by overseas Pakistanis apparently supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) at a roadside café.

The short video clips of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed that a handful of the alleged PTI supporters surrounded the information minister while she was having a soft drink inside the café.

In one of the videos, the unruly woman can be heard hurling abuses at Marriyum while others were recording her video with the minister staying calm and using her mobile phone.

In another video, the information minister can be seen interacting with one of the women supporters. “This attitude is harmful to the image of Pakistan. You asked three questions from me and I have answered them all. This is a way of having a decent conversation,” the minister told the protester.

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In response to the woman protester question, Marriyum said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif granted voting rights to overseas Pakistanis in 2017 and added that the right is still intact as recent legislation had only revoked the option of voting through electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Later in a tweet she blamed PTI Chairman Imran Khan for the incident saying, “Sad to see the toxic impact IK’s [Imran Khan] politics of hate & divisiveness has had on our brothers & sisters. I stayed & answered each & every question they had.”

The info minister added, “Sadly, they are victims of IK’s propaganda. We will continue our work to counter IK’s toxic politics & bring people together.”

Reacting to the incident, PML-N leaders condemned the incident and appreciated Marriyum for patiently enduring the rowdy behaviour of the alleged PTI supporters.

“I salute my sister Marriyum Aurangzeb for her grace and composure in the face of such harassment and baseless lies from that uncouth woman (who can be heard but thankfully cannot be seen),” said outgoing finance minister Miftah Ismail in a tweet.

Calling the information minister ‘Sherni’ [lioness], Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said, “Most deplorable, condemnable and shameful act by PTI hooligans. These were Hitler’s tactics. Imran is a fascist and turning his followers into street gangs. Well done Marriyum Aurangzeb you showed grace & faced them boldly.”

Other PML-N leaders and journalists also echoed similar views on Twitter.

Reacting to the incident, journalist Ihtishamul Haq asked Marriyum Aurangzeb “to ask herself that why is she facing all this and for what?”.

Other netizens concurring with his view defended the incident saying “politicians will face wrath of public for their actions”.



Bu Ali Shah | 2 months ago | Reply

This is the 4th time so be ready when they go in public it will happen each time I.A if IK has spread hate tell me wasn t it bald bros who called BB- peli taxi. Insult is their fate I.A

Mustafa Iqbal | 2 months ago | Reply

Hats off to Ms Maryam Aurangzeb for keeping calm and composed.

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