Nawaz Sharif Makes Inappropriate Comment on Women at His Comeback Speech

With a deeply embedded patriarchy in our society, it is unsurprising that senior political leaders like Nawaz Sharif occasionally make sexist comments.

Because Misogny is so firmly embedded in our culture when a public figure discusses women, a negative statement nearly always follows.

This time, Nawaz Sharif, a prominent political figure and a former three-term prime minister of this nation, was the source, as he had previously been. Following his comeback to Pakistan, he gave a speech that was much awaited, and in it, he made an offensive and inappropriate contrast between his female followers and the women of the PTI.

He asserted that PMLN women are more “decent” than the PTI women who allegedly dance at campaigns. Given that his own daughter works in the media’s eye and has been battling in opposition to the male-dominated culture that exists in a society that rejects women in positions of authority, Mr Sharif’s persistent “good women-bad women” attitude is all the more concerning.

Tragically, Mr Sharif’s opinion on women hasn’t changed, which reflects on him and the group’s view of women. He appears to have altered his stance when it boils down to not criticising his opponents or those in positions of authority.

The personality assassination of Benazir Bhutto by her opponents in politics, Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s sexist comments about victims of rape, and Imran Khan’s repeated use of misogynistic remarks, such as his now-famous remark about men being treated as “robots,” are all examples of this unrelenting rhetoric.

Khawaja Asif, a senior PML-N leader, recently employed a disparaging term to describe the female PTI lawmakers in an address he made on the platform of parliament.

Some while ago, he called a senior female PTI member a “tractor trolley.” In response to criticism, he didn’t backtrack but instead fully accepted responsibility for what he had stated.

One hopes that upcoming politicians will improve their attitude towards women, but that is not the case. This thinking permeates each tier and across all political parties.

The compilation of offensive statements goes on and on, from Fawad Chaudhry calling former minister of foreign affairs Hina Rabbani Khar a “low-IQ woman” whose assertion of recognition is her purse and shades to Moonis Elahi asking female MPAs to give his political rival, Hamza Shahbaz, a vanity set.

There is just one positive instance from the past few years that remains in memory, and that was when the PPP served Nabil Gabol with a summons for cause and demanded clarification after the latter made an absurd comment about adultery.

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