In an interesting turn of events, PML-N member Marriyum Aurangzeb has won the sympathy of netizens for maintaining her composure while being harassed by PTI supporters in London last week.
A viral video showed her being hounded by PTI supporters on the streets of London. The 42-year-old federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting was heading to the Pret a Manger restaurant to grab a drink when the expatriates verbally abused her and chanted “chorni, chorni” (thief, thief).
When a woman from the crowd decided to ask the minister some questions, she calmly answered them and remarked,
This attitude is harmful to the image of Pakistan. You asked me three questions and I have answered them all. This is the way of having a decent conversation.
Social media users applauded Aurangzeb for remaining ‘calm and collected’ throughout the entire ordeal.
Here’s how Twitterati responded:
The bullying of @Marriyum_A by this woman plus a CROWD OF PEOPLE is unacceptable and should be condemned at every level. Bullying someone no matter what political party you support is DISGUSTING!!! When did we as a nation stoop to this level? https://t.co/Xo0WnM9PeB
— Juggun Kazim (@JuggunKazim) September 25, 2022
Pathetic attempt to bully & embarrass Marriyum Aurangzeb. She’s a real pol & handled herself with dignity. https://t.co/FAkLEQx1ET
— Farahnaz Ispahani (@fispahani) September 25, 2022
Pretty decent of Marriyum Aurangzeb to not react to the worst Pakistani diaspora ever that resides in 🇬🇧 https://t.co/6bsKjFi4Qe
— Sheharyar Jaffri (@sheharyaralii) September 25, 2022
I strongly condemn the Harassment of @Marriyum_A Marriyum Aurangzeb.Political differences have their place but no one is allowed to use words like disrespect. This is a clear violation of ethics https://t.co/Q2FI3a8tgL
— Nasir Mahmood (@abudawoodmajeed) September 25, 2022
Huge respect for her. She beautifully handled these zombies.
Just repeat the same with Yasmin Rashid or any other PTI minister and see how it will be called harassment and what not. Double standards. pic.twitter.com/kXZXyvsVSy
— Anas Tipu (@teepusahab) September 25, 2022
Bullying and harassment have no justification but Pakistan’s political climate has grown toxic over the decades. With political parties like PML-N, PPP, and PTI attacking each other, it is not surprising that their supporters take to expressing the same animosity for politicians from rival parties.
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