It is not the first time in this country that Pakistani women are being dragged in the fight between men. This is especially true for Pakistani politics.
When opponents run out of arguments, they resort to accusations on the character of the women related to those they oppose
We have witnessed this in the case of the race between PTI and PMLN. Reham Khan, Bushra Maneka, and Maryam Nawaz; you name it. Each and every woman has been dragged into this dirty battle.
Journalist Umar Cheema did an “exclusive” story on the marriage of Imran Khan and Bushra Maneka
The story revealed that Bushra Maneka had not completed the period of iddat and married Imran Khan regardless. A person is not allowed to re-marry during the first 3 months after a divorce. Cheema claimed that Khan had gotten married earlier but because he wanted to retain the title of ‘Saadiq‘ and ‘Ameen‘, the family released pictures later to make it seem like the marriage happened at that time.
Many were rightfully outraged at the attack on a woman who is not a public figure and cannot defend herself due to it
Jang and Geo does not beat about the bush: Geo TV’s 8.00 PM bulletin leads with the IK marrying before the iddat of Bushra Bibi ended story. Get over it. Only tabloids lead with the marital shenanigans of celebrities/politicians
— Amber Rahim Shamsi (@AmberRShamsi) March 5, 2018
Can you spot a trend here? pic.twitter.com/44LP8fHKc8
— Saadat Ali Zia (@my69cents) March 6, 2018
newspaper continues to shamelessly make #ImranKhan personal life Frontpage Headline complemented by 9pm bulletin lead ? Besides quentionable journalism, need one remind
اتنی نہ بڑھا پاکئی داماں کی حکایت
دامن کو ذرا دیکھ ذرا بند قبا دیکھ https://t.co/cE2djGe9RO
— Meher Bokhari (@meherbokhari) March 5, 2018
You've all gone insane. Actually that's not true: This is planned and deliberate use of religion to target a politician you despise. And its wrong. Same card was used against you. pic.twitter.com/XgppNj9rCv
— Zarrar Khuhro (@ZarrarKhuhro) March 6, 2018
As a result, a Twitter account by the name of Lubna Cheema tweeted the following:
The description of the account says that she is the daughter of Umar Cheema.
The account claimed that Umar impregnated his own daughter and refused to let her abort the child. She also claimed that leaving him and living away from his was the best decision ever.
achaw I want to know everything about Lubna Cheema coz same pic.twitter.com/cLkoEmsIzJ
— Othman JJ (@usman_jj) March 6, 2018
Many are claiming that this is a response by PTI followers due to the attack on the recent marriage of Khan
Umar Cheema should stop wasting time with fake stories about Imran Khan and worry about a bringing his daughter Lubna Cheema home and asking her for forgiveness.
— Mariam's Madness (@mariamsmadness) March 5, 2018
Guys Please I request, #LubnaCheemaPregnancy has nothing to do with Politics or Tabloid / yellow Journalism of Umar Cheema , please donot talk about personal issues of Umar Cheema, Lubna Cheema and Salman Shahbaz's Sister Khadija.. This is WRONG..
— Taqveem Ahsan Sidiqi (@TASiddiquis) March 5, 2018
Condemn this and ask CJP to provide justice to #LubnaCheema
— Muhammad Waqas (@Muhamma71571340) March 6, 2018
However, it is extremely disappointing to see that these people who practice politics in the country and even those who write about it, just cannot stop themselves from maligning the women.
Why is it that whenever they try to denounce each other, they stoop down to the level of character assassination of the women? They feel that only if a woman is involved will it actually hurt the party and its image?
Cover image via: newstodaypk.com