Twitter is displeased at the visit of First Lady Bushra Bibi to the Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) during which she questioned the facility’s administration on the services they provided.
Video clips of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife’s visit to the government institute went viral, in which she asked an administrative official, who facilitated her visit, to procure a list of his targets for the development of PIMH. Bibi said to the official that he was newly appointed and should stay where he was to jot down the list while she toured PIMH’s old building.
Journalist Shama Junejo inquired what authority Bibi had to order around a government official. Junejo added that Bibi seemed interested in the topic of mental health but had perhaps caused a detrimental impact on the official’s health when she put him on the spot.
On which capacity Bushra Peerni visited institute of mental health & dictated doctors? Which law permits a Prime Minister’s wife to interfere in the job of government officers?
She was keen of mental health,what about the mental health of the doctors to come under undue pressure? https://t.co/F9Xde2RL9W
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) September 15, 2021
Several social media users echoed Junejo’s opinion and questioned the capacity in which Bibi made the demand.
یہ کس حثیت میں دورے کر رہی ھے ؟ https://t.co/TVcAi2mpaO
— UmmeHani (@Umme_Haani11) September 15, 2021
— Sajid Mahmood (@SajidMhmod) September 15, 2021
In which capacity was she questioning the administration of the hospital? https://t.co/I1iBuQHxql
— Natasha (@OhTripe) September 15, 2021
One user wondered what medical authority Bibi had to question the medical official.
خاتون اول کب سے ماہر نفسیات یا وزیر صحت ہوگئین کہ ڈاکٹر سے کہہ رہی ہیں کہ مریضوں کے علاج کے بارے میں اپنے targets ایک کاغذ پہ لکھ کے مجھے دکھاؤ؟ https://t.co/EiOgCRX7bK
— Ssabbasi (@Ssabbasi9) September 15, 2021
Another user wondered why Bushra Bibi was getting involved in politics as the first lady and asked if Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was ready to be rebuked on the matter. He questioned whether PTI loyalists would still say that they were indifferent to politics.
بطور خاتون اول بشری بی بی کیا اب سیاست کا حصہ بننے جارہی ہیں؟
اگر نہیں تو یہ دورہ اور ایسے سوالات وہ کس حیثیت میں کر رہی ہیں
اگر جواب ہاں میں ہے تو کیا اب وہ ہر قسم کی تنقید کے لیئے تیار ہیں
کیا اب بھی پی ٹی آئی کے کارکنان انکے سیاست سے لاتعلق ہونے کا کارڈ کھیل سکتے ہیں؟ https://t.co/9San61OWHJ
— Syed Zill Hussain (@zill512) September 15, 2021
A netizen countered the critique and said that Bibi’s visit was not an anomaly as she frequented similar institutes, but media never got a chance to cover those visits.
This is not the first time she has visited any institute. This is 1st time media got the chance to cover her activities and that's how they presented her.
I wish First Lady stay away from their camera. They are snakes.. https://t.co/zEL6N58Rn0
— Amna (@WohiAmna) September 15, 2021
The PIMH incident wasn’t the first time Khan’s leading lady was questioned for her role in exercising political authority. Last year, Bibi visited the Baba Fariduddin Ganj Shakkar shrine in Pakpattan following which there were allegations that she had directed the holy site’s administrator and Auqaf manager to be removed from his job. Bibi was reportedly unsatisfied at the shrine’s arrangements and there were claims that she got several other shrine staff expelled as well.