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It’s almost like I’m back in 90s Lahore, says Jemima

Jemima Goldsmith, the ex-wife of former prime minister Imran Khan, on Friday hit back at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) after the party announced it would stage a protest outside her London residence in the aftermath of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s ouster.

PML-N leader Abid Sher Ali had said a day earlier on Twitter that a protest would be held outside Jemima’s London home. He had also shared an image bearing her full address and used derogatory language against the former premier.

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“Protests outside my house, targeting my children, anti-Semitic abuse on social media … It’s almost like I’m back in 90s Lahore,” Jemima said in response, recounting the anti-Semitic attacks she had faced during her stay in Pakistan. She also tweeted the hashtag #PuranaPakistan (old Pakistan).

Ali responded to Jemima, holding the former prime minister responsible for the protest. “He (Imran) has ordered attacks and protests outside [the] homes of his political opponents. He incites hate, homophobia and terrorism on [a] daily basis,” he said. The PML-N leader added that the protest would be “peaceful and non-violent”.

Journalist Hamid Mir also got involved, with words of advice for both the PTI and the PML-N. “PTI must stop protesting outside the house of (Nawaz Sharif) in London and PML-N should not do the same outside the house of (Jemima). Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones on others,” Mir said.

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However, Jemima was not here for the journalist’s justification and clarified that she and her children were not involved in Pakistani politics. “With respect, the difference is that I have got nothing to do with Pakistani politics and neither have my children. They are low-key private individuals who are not even on social media,” she said.

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