While conversing with a private television channel Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief—Imran Khan mentioned that he disagrees with the Western “feminist movement”.
Imran Khan said that the movement has played a role in “degenerating” motherhood.
— Bilal Farooqi (@bilalfqi) June 17, 2018
The claims of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief were considered “anti-women” and social media criticism started.
The Twitter users took these comments as highly “irresponsible” and criticised Imran Khan for his lack of knowledge of the entire concept and movement.
Imran Khan's views on feminism show his utter lack of understanding of the issue. He should ensure he is better briefed or not speak on issues he has little knowledge and awareness of.
— Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) June 17, 2018
Feminism is literally what secured paid maternity leave for mothers in most of Europe and the world (so they could better care for their children), but I guess it's more useful to spout ignorant anti-feminist rhetoric to pander to your conservative base. https://t.co/bLaUxXWxVN
— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) June 17, 2018
Feminists have never defraded motherhood, they have celebrated it. They have spoken on the rights of a mother, her need for daycares, maternity leaves, her reproductive healthe rights and the double burden she faces due to unpaid carework. https://t.co/zl3oiYduuW
— Aimen Bucha (@AimenBucha) June 17, 2018
The PTI chairperson was backlashed for having a lack of consideration for the gains of Women Suffrage Movement which also contributed to feminist movement throughout the globe asking for equal rights to live in a society.
The Twitteratis deemed the comments as a major disappointment.
Twitter today: An army of not terribly well read folk, who have never been west of Sargodha, lecturing us on the shortcomings of motherhood in the West
— Talat Aslam (@titojourno) June 17, 2018
#Feminism has never looked down on motherhood. Feminists have worked in every country to create paid leave and laws to protect mothers & safety nets so mothers dont leave work to care for kids. Educate yourself #ImranKhan @ImranKhanPTI
— Seraphina (@seraphina444) June 17, 2018
If Imran Khan thinks motherhood is the most cherished and valuable role for women, maybe PTI could’ve worked to make life better for mothers and not opposed the 2016 Protection Against Domestic Violence Bill so much.
— Amna Khan (@amnaukhan) June 17, 2018
Upon contact the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf spokesperson did not respond to the questions asked relating the controversial statement made by the party’s chief, saying that he is completely unaware of any such remark made by Imran Khan.