Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Image Credit: Online

  • Pakistan Prime Minister calls Bilawal Bhutto 'madam'
  • Social media users call remarks "sexist and misogynistic"
  • Bilawal Bhutto responds

Dubai: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to the Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party [PPP], Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as ‘madam’ in a recent speech and people are furious at the sexist remark.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan was addressing a crowd at Spinkai Raghzai area of South Waziristan when he strongly criticised Zardari and referred to him as ‘sahiba’ (madam).

He said: “I, unlike Bilawal Bhutto madam, haven’t come because of a slip or because my mother gave me the party in inheritance. I came because of hard work.”

The clip of him saying this spread quickly across social media and people criticised him for not maintaining “grace”.

Tweep @Jamshed099 thought the comment was misogynistic and that the leader needs to be better aware of gender sensitivities: “Misogynist and so utterly condemnable statement by pm against @BBhuttoZardari calling him sahiba. PM’s in dire need of training into gender and conflict sensitive communication which I can offer him to save the image of country from his tongue! #PrimeMinisterImranKhan”

Twitter user @RanwalBhutto posted: “Sexist and misogynist at 66. #PrimeMinisterImranKhan lacks grace and class.”

Whereas journalist Gul Bukhari, @GulBukhari, wrote: “Very, very small. Calling Bilawal Bhutto Sahiba (madam) doesn’t belittle him at all. It just demonstrates Imran Khan’s lowness, indecency, and sexism. An insult to the office of the PM.”

While Twitter user @Mbano had a question for the women working with the premier: “Women legislators in PTI [Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf], how are you okay calling Imran Khan your leader when he thinks being a woman is an insult? #PrimeMinisterImranKhan”

On the same note, tweep @sareena_nina demanded an apology from the leader: “He is not just a party leader, he is #PrimeMinisterImranKhan , someone women in this country voted for. If it is a genuine slip of the tongue, then he owes the women of his country an apology.”

Another slip of the tongue…

However, there were those who regarded the remark as “slip of the tongue” and defended Khan.

Tweep @engrMZH posted: “Intentional or slip of tongue. Whatever... It made my day.”

The leader was recently under fire for another comment he made during his two-day official visit to Iran. He had said that Japan and Germany share a border.

For which Zardari had mocked Khan, while trying to get the University of Oxford, where Khan studied, involved.

He, @BBhuttoZardari, posted: “Our Prime Minister thinks that Germany and Japan share a border. How embarrassing, this is what happens when you @UniofOxford let people in just because they can play cricket.”

Bilawal responds

Soon after the video of Khan addressing Zardari went viral, he was quick to respond once again. Using his official Twitter account, @BBhuttoZardari wrote: “What was that about small men in big offices? #PMSelect”

Zardari referenced a quote from a speech Khan gave back in September 2018.