Like many other Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters, Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Hafeez took to Twitter to praise Imran Khan following his vote of confidence win. However, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Hina Butt bashed the cricketer over his political choice.
PML-N ex-parliamentarian, Hina Pervaiz Butt went after sportsman Mohammad Hafeez, after he praised Prime Minister Imran Khan on social media. What happened to freedom of speech and voicing your opinion?
Butt disparaged the cricketer over his tweet which described PM Imran Khan’s move to secure a vote of confidence from the parliament as a ‘master stroke’.
“Master stroke. #VoteOfConfidence @ImranKhanPTI,” tweeted Hafeez.
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 6, 2021
When this tweet landed on the ex-parliamentarian’s radar, things got ugly. First Hina Butt opined that Pakistani cricket has become a ‘global laughing stock’ for a lapse in COVID-19 SOPs, called Imran Khan a ‘vote thief’, and then told Mohammad Hafeez to shut up.
“Pakistan [cricket] has become a laughing stock around the world for failing to implement Coronavirus SOPs and now you are supporting a vote thief,”
As the LUMS Alum told the cricketer to ‘shut up’ she called for him to ‘play cricket and refrain from commenting on politics’.
“It is better if you shut your mouth and play cricket and refrain from commenting on politics,” she tweeted.
کورونا ایس او پیز پر عمل نہ کرنے کی وجہ سے پوری دنیا میں پاکستان کی جگ ہنسائی ہوئی اور اب ایک ووٹ چور کو سپورٹ کر رہے ہو۔ بہتر ہے منہ بند کر کے کرکٹ کھیلیں اور سیاست پر تبصرہ مت کریں https://t.co/0ufTKjeKyl
— Hina Parvez Butt (@hinaparvezbutt) March 7, 2021
Although Hina Butt might not like Mohammad Hafeez exercising his right to freedom of thought and free speech, the public stood up for the cricketer.
Ghatia aurat. Siasat sirf tumharay baap ki jaageer nahi hai
— Ramzia Munir (@MunirRamzia) March 7, 2021
Oye Chal nikal , Dafa Ho Hafeez ke Bary me kuch kaha to
Behtar hai Ap joty chato , Wo na Chato 😂
— Sajjad saqi (@Sajjad_Saqi434) March 7, 2021
Jamhooriat hay bibi. Tumhare baap ki jageer nahi. @MHafeez22
— Muhammad Basit Khan (@MBK2186) March 7, 2021
Netizens didn’t hold back either.
@MHafeez22 is the pride of our country on the other hand you are kaneez e alaa of maryam safder
— Usman (@usmanvirk6655) March 7, 2021
Some even trolled her back in return.
Appp phyly say hi aysi thi
Patwari ban kar aysi hogaii h
— Abdulrehman Ch (@ARCH3267) March 7, 2021
Lagta hai sahi mirchi lagi hai noon k paltu logooo ko 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/an3DiXdPs8
— Captain safdar (@Captainsafdar2) March 7, 2021
Even her own supporters schooled the politician on others right to free speech.
Agreeed but let them speak mam no problem they are players nothing else ……
— Engr.Ahmad🇵🇰 (@Ahmadshah1136) March 7, 2021
Everyone has a right to speak…miss
— Muhammad Ahsan Ikram (@Muhamma46028227) March 7, 2021
Do you think Hina Butt was out of line, or too harsh? What do you think of her averse reaction to Mohammad Hafeez’s opinion?