Islamabad: Imran Khan, cricket-turned-politician and founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party (PTI), plans to turn the country into a ‘Naya Pakistan’, but has raked up a controversy when during an interview he said that “Western feminism has degraded the role of mothers”.
According to reports, Imran Khan told the interviewer that his mother played a deeply influential role in his upbringing. “Children learn from their mothers. Mother tongue comes from mother. I disagree with the ‘feminism’ movement that has degraded the role of a mother,” Khan was quoted as saying.
Khan schooled by Twitter users
- His comment started a debate on social media amid a barrage of criticism. Khan, who aspires to be Pakistan’s next Prime Minister, was called ‘irresponsible’, ‘misleading’ and asked if he knew what ‘feminism’ meant, reports said.
- Khan was schooled by Twitter user Ali Abbas who wrote, ‘The movement of feminism seeks to establish equal opportunities for women and end patriarchy, and advocates women rights. I’d now seriously doubt the one who would support/vote for him.’
PTI called us dastardly feminists: Imran’s ex-wife
His former wife Reham Khan who is battling criticism over leaked extracts of her upcoming tell-all book tweeted, ‘Trolls associated with PTI rose to his defence, calling us dastardly feminists.’