Our first lady, Bushra Maneka gave her first ever live interview on Hum TV with Nadeem Malik. She highlighted several things – from PM Imran Khan’s personal life to her own, also clearing up several controversies regarding herself.
Her interview was quite a detailed one and she remained calm throughout. She praised Imran Khan in several ways and gave an insight into his private life – concluding that he is a simple man whose heart is with Pakistanis. He wishes nothing more than to revive the strength and lost cause of Pakistan.
“Pakistan is fortunate to have a leader like Imran Khan. He is not a politician but a leader for us.” – Bushra Maneka
After her first live interview, people have been quick to respond.
Absolutely impressed; our First Lady Bushra bibi is clearheaded and confident. Great interview pic.twitter.com/T23O3JGQqV
— Muaz Naz (@muaz_naz) September 27, 2018
Some people are really impressed and are definitely honored to have her as Pakistan’s First Lady.
Bushra Bibi has raised the bar for every Lady in Pakistan be it Liberal or Non-Liberal..She showed Class, Maturity, Confidence & Intelligence from her responses to all questions in her 1st interview..I must say m impressed & happy both to see Pakistan’s 1st lady speaking today 👍
— Durrani (@iamDurrani1) September 27, 2018
What a wonderful interview of Bushra Bibi by @nadeemmalik blessed woman and a sure role model for us all. Imran Khan we are so lucky to have you as a leader to learn from. Bushra kudos may Allah Bless you with heal and wealth ameen ❤ pic.twitter.com/C12i2l4rKa
— Mahrukh🇵🇰 (@Mahrukh_Irshad) September 27, 2018
— Talha Khalid (@IamTalhaKhalid) September 27, 2018
They are happy Bushra Maneka finally clarified all the controversies surrounding her marriage to Imran Khan.
One of an amazing interview I’ve listened after a while. Bushra bibi gave proper shutup call to pseudo liberals and propaganda on her nikkah with IK during iddat days https://t.co/UdVX3TiV3A
— Noor Inam (@noorinam1) September 27, 2018
— Masσσd Khaи 🇵🇰 (@smasood801) September 27, 2018
While other people think it was a waste of time, going as far as to ridicule what she stated.
Bushra Bibi's interview is pack of complete laughter 😂😂
— Rimmsh Rajput Bhatti (@RimmshBhatti29) September 27, 2018
Turned on Bushra Bibi’s interview & turned it off after two minutes when she said “Pakistan deen e Muhammad se dhoor hota ja raha hai” lol.
The interview was lacking in insight and doesn’t really have any importance but some of you insist on simply being offended by her attire.
— wajib ul cuddle (@UpUpandAwai) September 27, 2018
Some people asked others to not be swayed by this “thought-through” interview.
Bushra Bibi is NOT an image of Islam, nor Sufism. She has her whole version of superstitious mentality; manifested through IK’s bare-foot, rings, aqeedet menda bows, daughter walking by foot out of city etc.
Her thought-through interview doesn’t erase that.
— Hyra (@hyraness) September 27, 2018
There were also people debating religious matters while keeping the First Lady’s words in mind.
On @nadeemmalik’s show, First Lady Bushra Bibi says she has learnt from @ImranKhanPTI to care about the life of plants & animals. Now she cares for the well-being of his pet dog Motu (though there is a perception dogs are considered ‘unclean’ in Islamic thought) #Pakistan
— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) September 27, 2018
If you are a stickler for sharia then there’s no room for an unnecessary interview with a na-mehram, with or without niqab. You can’t have your religious cake and eat it too
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) September 27, 2018
Some are even comparing her to Reham Khan.
I have no problem or interest in Bushra bibi ‘s interview. Even Michelle Obama used to. But she was active in community, used to be be involved in social work.
Yeh Mohtarma tu apni Nawazun ka dikhawa ker rahi hain.
So shallow like Reham Khan .
— A. (@Alevee12) September 27, 2018
Bushra bibi sounds an awful lot like Reham Khan in her praises for Imran Khan: Selfless, epitome of Simplicity, hes a Leader not a politician. Maybe it's true after all.
— Meher Bokhari (@meherbokhari) September 27, 2018
Some people thought the interview was conducted to show Khan in a different light altogether.
— Muneeb Khalid (@muneebalkhalid) September 27, 2018
However, some people questioned whether Bushra Maneka even gave the interview in the first place.
How do you know that human being at right is a woman, let alone Bushra Bibi? https://t.co/i3U80ou6ev
— Alfons López Tena #FBPE (@alfonslopeztena) September 27, 2018
And well, some just think she should have stayed away from coming under the media limelight altogether.
Bushra Bibi should have stayed away from media , we havn't seen any first ladies giving interviews of any of the previous prime ministers (atleast the ones we saw). Now all channels would want her interviews – why the mess? it wasn't needed
— iSupportPTI (@iSupportPTI) September 27, 2018
On the other hand, several people are pretty happy about how the interview went down.
Desi liberals and pseudo intellectuals trying to find flaws and problems in Bushra Bibi's interview knowing that there's absolutely nothing wrong with anything she said. pic.twitter.com/x38WUl5gED
— saad (@canadistani) September 27, 2018
Liberals and feminists were dragged.
Damn sure that Bushra Bibi has killed more than half the desi liberals of Pakistan with this classy interview! pic.twitter.com/8GK2L8vjeJ
— Ham Chaudhary (@oooomaaaaa) September 27, 2018
“Parday mera zatty mamla hai.. jisne nai karna na karay” – Bushra Bibi
A big LOL at desi feminists who said she’s some psycho who’d want naqab to be forced upon other women and girls
— Pakistani🇵🇰 (@PeacePakistan5) September 27, 2018
And emphasis was laid on what Bushra Maneka had to say instead of how she dressed.
When a woman is intelligent, talented and eloquent, no burkha or niqab can hide it.
I don't cover my head or endorse any face covering, but my goodness am I impressed with Pakistan's First Lady, Bushra Bibi.
— Soraya Aziz (@SorayaAziz) September 27, 2018
However, “PTI’s feminism” was questioned as well.
The bloody double standards of PTI’s feminism. They pulled no stops while making fun of Maryam, hating on Kulsoom, even said all kinda crap abt Benazir. Now they want everyone to respect Bushra Maneka coz femininimism.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) September 27, 2018
At the end of the day, we all knew this interview would trigger a wide variety of reactions. What did you think of the interview? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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