One rather disturbing trend on Twitter seems to be jingoism by harassing female liberals. This seems in particular to apply to our female journalists. As I type these words, I can see disturbing comments on my Twitter timeline about a female media person’s appearance on ARY. These comments range from her sari to her lack of duppata, all while telling her she is wrong to be questioning Pakistan’s military and religious norms.
Why does anyone remotely female who questions Military Inc have to be subjected to threats of sexual violence? How does her appearance affect the debate at hand? Wearing a sari or not will not change the fact that Military Inc has indulged in unfair and illicit business deals. For some reason, many people who favour Military Inc also seem to find it wrong to question the economic success of Mr. Aleem Khan of PTI fame. Point out any flaw in the PTI and/or the Generals running Pakistan and most people tend to be trolled. However, if the person doing the pointing out happens to be female, threats of sexual violence, comments on her promiscuity, way of dressing etc always come up. Because, jingoism today isn’t just about worshipping the ground the military walks on, it’s also about worshipping the group Imran Khan and his Insafians walk on. A “good Pakistani” isn’t allowed to have dissenting political opinions, and calling out the corruption of amongst the rankers of the PTI, calling out the ineptness of the KP government, being concerned about the Jamaat e Islami running the education ministry of the KP government are all things only RAW, Mussad and CIA agents do. If the person doing the calling out is female, she is quickly labeled promiscuous along with being a foreign agent.
I have a question to ask these scions of purity. If you are as pure as you say, if you value religious sentiments, if you believe in a safe and economically prosperous Pakistan, shouldn’t you perhaps get all the rapey and sexually violent thoughts out of your own head to make your country a better and safer place?