Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan threatened to bring legal action against a woman judge, deputy inspector-general, and inspector-general of Islamabad in relation to his party leader Shahbaz Gill’s alleged torture.
On Saturday, the former prime minister criticized Additional District and Session Judge Zeba Chaudhry for approving Gill’s two-day physical remand last week at the request of the capital police and advised her to get ready for a case to be filed against her.
Social media users, journalists, and politicians expressed criticism for Imran Khan’s comments. However, some stated that this was ‘selective outrage’, quoting examples of sexist comments against PTI leaders and those associated with Imran Khan.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said those who threatened a “woman magistrate”, IG and DIG of police would face the law.
وزیرداخلہ رانا ثناءاللّٰہ خاں کا بیان
خاتون میجسٹریٹ، آئی جی اور ڈی آئی جی پولیس کو دھمکی دینے والوں کو قانون کا سامنا کرنا ہوگا۔
عمران خان نے دھمکی دی، ساری دنیا نے لائیو دیکھا، اب قانون کے سامنے کے لئے تیار ہوجائیں۔
— Rana SanaUllah Khan (@PresPMLNPunjab) August 20, 2022
Legal expert and political commentator Reema Omer attributed Imran Khan’s remarks to “sexism” and said that it was a “sexist touch to an already toxic, hateful speech”.
Imran Khan’s tone and choice of words as he threatens Judge Zeba Chaudhry with “action” reek of sexism
He calls her by name, repeatedly points out she’s a woman, refers to her as magistrate even though she’s an ADSJ – an obvious “sexist touch” to an already toxic, hateful speech
— Reema Omer (@reema_omer) August 21, 2022
A social media user defended the criticism on Imran Khan and termed it as ‘selective criticism’, citing cases of “sexism” in comments against former first lady Bushra Bibi, PTI leader Shireen Mazari, and Khan’s ex-wife Jemima.
where were you when Khans wife was being ridiculed, abused and slandered. when female PTI supporters were abused and called dancers. when Shireen Mazari had to face sexist and disgusting remarks by her rivals. when even Jemima wasn’t spared from all this mess. https://t.co/a0KgmPtoiq
— shanaya (@ozilinaa) August 21, 2022
A journalist called out Imran Khan for referring to the judge as a ‘magistrate’.
Imran Khan has called additional session judge Zeba Chaudhry ‘magistrate’ in his speech and has said that ‘Changez Khan killed 3 crore Muslims.’
He should get rid of his researcher immediately.
— Qurrat ul Ain Shirazi (@annie_shirazi) August 20, 2022
PML-N MNA Maiza Hameed Gujjar they were proud of women like Justice Zeba Chaudhry.
We are proud of women like #ZebaChaudhry (ADSJ) who are accomplished who beat all odds to become pillars of society to lead women to show all of us this is how it’s done. By belittling her trying to reduce her status you do yourself no credit Mr #Khan no credit at all!
— Maiza Hameed Gujjar (@MaizaHameedMNA) August 21, 2022
Another social media user called the criticism on Khan as ‘selective outrage’, citing examples of other such cases.
A woman was illegally jailed along with her infant child. Women faced immense state brutality on the 25th of May. Dr Yasmin's car was nearly destroyed while she was in it. Yet you all only focus on IK vowing to hold the magistrate accountable. Why is the outrage so selective? https://t.co/pk4bH0aNYh
— Shoaib Taimur (@shobz) August 21, 2022
One user said that Imran Khan should not have threatened the judge but it was not a sexist remark.
I agree with you to the extent that he shouldn't have threatened and used such words for the Hon'ble Judge but it wasn't a sexist remark in my opinion as he threatened others (males) too on the other hand. https://t.co/OQkOhmnGQ7
— Lawyer (@naseer_law) August 21, 2022