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Netizens disgusted by remarks against Imran Khan and his Wife during poetry event

When you think of an event like Jashn-e-Iqbal, we mostly assume its a platform where enlightened literary workers come and share the best about Pakistan’s literary scene. Sadly, this wasn’t the case with the recent ‘Jashn-e-Iqbal 2020’ event. Disgustingly, we saw one poet making personal jibes at Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife and his marriage, and no one thought there was anything wrong with it.

That wasn’t all. Even though Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) stalwarts might oppose Dr. Fakhar Abbas poetry for being offensive towards the prime minister and the first lady, that was not all he did in the event.

The most distasteful part about this ‘poetic segment’ was an abundance of sexist jokes which reduced women in positions from political advisers and spiritual workers to merely objects of gratification. This man certainly brought objectification of women back from the dark ages.

If that weren’t enough, he then had to elaborate on how a woman’s success accounts for nothing by dragging Imran Khan and his marriage into it. In an endorsement of toxic masculinity, Dr Fakhar Abbas attempted to insult the Imran Khan’s habit of admiring and dotting on his wife.

This man’s clip went viral for all the wrong reasons as netizens started to retaliate.

People questioned ‘what were the organizers thinking?’. Twitterati argued how ‘Jashn-e-Iqbal’ is supposed to stand for Allama Iqbal’s enlightened thoughts. Yet the platform is being used to propagate regressive sexist jokes.

The sexist remarks aimed at the first lady were not taken in good humor. There’s nothing wrong with ridiculing politicians. However, we should also realize there’s nothing okay about sexist jokes.

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