Bilawal Zardari joking about Imran Khan and his mental health is absolutely pathetic
Mr. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, he current shining star of the Zardari clan is often in the headlines for his opinions and controversial statements. Well, this has happened again, a comment by him has invited a lot of criticism. Let us fill in you with the details of it.
In an old statement, Imran Khan had announced that he would prefer committing suicide instead of begging to IMF
In reference to Khan’s statement, Mr. Bilawal Zardari responded by urging the PM to commit suicide
Bilawal Bhutto sarcastically mentioned how PTI ended up getting loans from the IMF. He also did not forget to remind Khan of his old statement and asked the awaam, If they also wanted to see Khan attempting suicide.
So who’s got our PM on suicide watch then? #PTIMF
— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) May 13, 2019
Bilawal was not the only one who did so, others like, JUI and PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb also gave similar statements
— JUI Media Services Official🍥 (@juimediaservice) May 10, 2019
People have been criticizing these politicians for making jokes about mental health
— Daanika Kamal (@daanistan) May 13, 2019
They have pointed out how the politicians have stooped so low that they are freely using serious terms like suicide to bash each other
Politicians in Pakistan: Stop joking about suicide. Yes, @ImranKhanPTI may have started it but rivals should know better than to crack jokes about what is CLEARLY a mental health issue
— Atika Rehman (@AtikaRehman) May 13, 2019
People asserted that ANYONE who jokes about suicide for settling political scores is the lowest of the low
Slow clapping for the likes of Maryam Safdar and Bilawal Zardari for saying IK should commit suicide or that ‘who is on his suicide watch’. Suicide is NEVER a joke. Anyone who jokes about it for settling political scores is the lowest of the low.
— Nuzhat S. Siddiqi (@guldaar) May 13, 2019
They said that suicide is NOT something to be laughed at because we’ve already been dealing with young Pakistani people increasingly struggling with mental health issues
— Saffina Ellahi (@SaffinaEllahi1) May 13, 2019
People urged Bilawal to publicly apologize and emphasized on the fact that suicide-related jokes are NOT funny
— Saad (@saad_durrani) May 13, 2019
They even said that this statement made by Bilawal Zardari is highly insensitive
As much as I sometimes appreciate Bilawal, this is insensitive, and in poor taste. Suicide is not something to joke about. https://t.co/sTnAN52vb3
— Qasim Hameed (@QHameedWasTaken) May 13, 2019
Mental health is not something to be joked about, especially in a society where discussing it is already such a taboo. A society like ours where young people are prone to troubling mental health because of various external, and internal factors, needs politicians who can at least be mindful if not actively helping develop policies and measures to work on a possible epidemic.
The statement by Bilawal and other politicians is being criticized by everyone for all the right reasons. People have gone on to mention that making jokes about mental health and using serious terms like suicide for attaining political gains is the worst act and this needs to stop.
So, what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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