Shireen Mazari reacts to Aurat March’s political stance
CARACHI: The past few days have been a political whirlwind in Pakistan and discussions of everything that is going on end up in heated debates. And that is exactly what happened when Aurat March’s Twitter account voiced her political opinion which did not sit well with PTI Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari.
The exchange started when
Aurat March tweeted against Prime Minister Imran Khan the dissolution of the National Assembly and wrote: “We condemn the political circus that has broken out due to the fragile male ego of a person who sabotaged democratic processes just to save the perception of his individuality and stage a dirty trick for his return to power. They explained why they take such a firm stance on the issue: “As activists from marginalized backgrounds, any anti-democratic action taken by the powers that be, reflecting the dictatorial patterns of a cruel past, has the capacity to deprive us of any hope for a better future where all citizens will be treated with equality and justice.
We condemn the political circus that has erupted because of the fragile male ego of a person who sabotaged democratic processes just to save the perception of his individuality and stage a dirty trick for his return to power.#NoConfidenceMotion#AuratMars2022 pic.twitter.com/Y4xccTJI6T
— Aurat March – عورت مارچ (@AuratMarchKHI) April 3, 2022
Shireen Mazari was quick to respond to the tweet sent by Aurat March and made some assertions, such as where the movement gets its funding from, “It shows
Aurat March has little to do with the real issues faced by women in Pakistan and more with politics and political agendas. As many here have NGOs funded from abroad, this statement, while reprehensible, is not surprising. The fact is that the United States has asked for regime change and we are not accepting it.
This shows that Aurat March has little to do with the real issues faced by women in Pak and more with politics and political agendas. Given that many here have NGOs funded from abroad, this statement, while reprehensible, is not surprising. The fact is the US has asked for regime change and we don’t accept it https://t.co/7GwhsyPYWg
—Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) April 4, 2022
Naturally, Twitter users all weighed in on the Aurat March-Shireen Mazari swap.
Some called out Mazari for stating incorrect statements in his tweet:
wow. Aurat March is not an NGO. It also does not accept foreign funds. How does the call to protect the processes enshrined in the Pakistani constitution have anything to do with regime change? You have a doctorate in political science from Columbia Uni… Your post is totally hypocritical
— Amiera Sawas (@amiera_tales) April 4, 2022
While others pointed out the hypocrisy of his position:
have a grip @ShireenMazari1 – you had no problem supporting Musharraf when he gave Shamsi air base to the Americans and accepted American aid, but you can’t hear the truth from women activists about the man who put the country on its knees. Shame on you! https://t.co/ofwoJtMaUH
— Ayesha Ijaz Khan (@ayeshaijazkhan) April 4, 2022
However, others felt that the tweet sent by Aurat March had its fair share of problems:
Imperial feminism belongs in the gutter. Stop using the suffering and struggle of women of #Pakistan for your vested interests sponsored by foreign governments. Hijacking democracies and sabotaging people’s tenure is atrocious and even more outrageous to support it in the name of feminism https://t.co/SOzV51nQkg
— Giulia Tofana (@giuliatofanaaa) April 4, 2022
Others wondered which political party Aurat March would side with:
I totally disagree with @AuratMarchKHI show political bias
You are a social movement that must be impartial towards political parties to get the most out of everything and everyone
Will your support for PPP and MQM in this scenario bring benefits for the plight of women? https://t.co/NFyhzkXnkV
— haider maqsood (@haidermaqsood2) April 4, 2022
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