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.

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.

Naturally, Twitter users all weighed in on the Aurat March-Shireen Mazari swap.

Some called out Mazari for stating incorrect statements in his tweet:

While others pointed out the hypocrisy of his position:

However, others felt that the tweet sent by Aurat March had its fair share of problems:

Others wondered which political party Aurat March would side with:

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