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.
Since then, Twitterati has lauded the federal minister for calm and collected composure.
Pretty decent of Marriyum Aurangzeb to not react to the worst Pakistani diaspora ever that resides in 🇬🇧 https://t.co/6bsKjFi4Qe— Sheharyar Jaffri (@sheharyaralii) September 25, 2022
Pathetic attempt to bully & embarrass Marriyum Aurangzeb. She’s a real pol & handled herself with dignity. https://t.co/FAkLEQx1ET— Farahnaz Ispahani (@fispahani) September 25, 2022
I strongly condemn the Harassment of @Marriyum_A Marriyum Aurangzeb.Political differences have their place but no one is allowed to use words like disrespect. This is a clear violation of ethics https://t.co/Q2FI3a8tgL— Nasir Mahmood (@abudawoodmajeed) September 25, 2022
Huge respect for her. She beautifully handled these zombies.— Anas Tipu (@teepusahab) September 25, 2022
Just repeat the same with Yasmin Rashid or any other PTI minister and see how it will be called harassment and what not. Double standards. pic.twitter.com/kXZXyvsVSy
The bullying of @Marriyum_A by this woman plus a CROWD OF PEOPLE is unacceptable and should be condemned at every level. Bullying someone no matter what political party you support is DISGUSTING!!! When did we as a nation stoop to this level? https://t.co/Xo0WnM9PeB— Juggun Kazim (@JuggunKazim) September 25, 2022
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.
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