Usman Dar Under Fire For Racist Remarks Against Pashtun Community
Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Usman Dar has come under fire for his racist remarks against the Pashtun community during a talk show of a private television channel.
During a talk show of Mansoor Ali on Express News, Usman Dar was asked a question regarding the fact that the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) would be continuing their sit-in. The host asked Usman Dar which of the demands of the Azadi March participants would the government fulfill.
In response, Usman Dar stated that the future course of action would be similar to how ‘pathans do business’, wherein they sell a Rs500 blanket for Rs50. He added that Azadi March participants would be treated in a similar way.
Usman Dar was implying that the Azadi March participants would go back with much less concessions that they asked for, but the way he put forward his view has been severely criticised for racism.
A social media user who shared the video on Twitter expressed his strong condemnation of Usman Dar’s comments, stating that neither the leader of Usman Dar thinks before he speaks, nor Dar himself.
جس طرح عثمان ڈارنے نیشنل ٹی وی پر بیٹھ کر پٹھان قوم کی بے عزتی کی،میں اس کی شدید مذمت کرت ہوں۔نہ ان کا لیڈر بولنے سے پہلے سوچتا ہے اورنہ یہ خود۔پٹھان ہمارے بھائی اور اگر وہ محنت کر کے روزی کماتے ہیں تو عثمان ڈار کو کوئی حق نہیں کہ وہ ان کی بے عزتی کریں pic.twitter.com/vQlokgEwUo
— Aamer (@Dr_AamerKhan) November 5, 2019
Journalist Murtaza Solangi took to Twitter to state that Usman Dar must apologise to the Pashtun community for his comments, adding that if he was not admonished by his party leader, Imran Khan, the whole party would suffer.
Usman Dar must apologize to Pakhtun people for his nasty stereotyping. If @ImranKhanPTI didn’t admonish him, the whole party will pay the price of his nasty verbosity. TV anchors and reporters must ask him to apologize when he interacts with them. https://t.co/HccgQ7pc31
— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) November 5, 2019
People were not only of the view that Usman Dar’s comments were racist, but also criticised the fact that his comments were targeted at a specific class.
— Imran Khan (@iopyne) November 4, 2019
Another user stated that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) representatives had brought indecent culture on the political scene, adding that Usman Dar’s comments showed his low morality.
Racism against #Pashtuns & a specific Labour class clearly show low morality of #PTI’s #UsmanDar, PTI representatives have always brought indecent culture, & words in political scene. Better think thrice before u speak Mr dar! @_Mansoor_Ali
— Islamabad 🇵🇰 (@Islaamabad) November 5, 2019
Journalist Murtaza Ali Shah reminded his audience of the earlier comments of another PTI member Mian Aslam Iqbal, who called Pashtuns traitors, and added that Usman Dar’s comments show the perceptions these government officials have of the Pashtuns.
Punjab govt minister Mian Aslam Iqbal first declared Pashtun leadership as traitors and now Usman Dar making racist remarks to insult Pushtuns. Just shows what they actually think of Pathans. https://t.co/zja1TYgBHd
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) November 5, 2019
A user demanded an apology from Usman Dar and stated that Pashtuns had been suffering from state policies and to add to this, politicians were using derogatory language for their ethnicity.
A member of the ruling party PTI @UdarOfficial in a show with @_Mansoor_Ali openly gave a racist statement for Pashtun. We r suffering from the state policies which r imposed upon us & besides that politician using derogatory language 4 our ethnicity. He should apologize for that
— Sharifullah Wazir (@sharifullahwaz4) November 4, 2019
Another user was of the view that this ‘racial profiling’ of Pashtuns illustrated how Pashtuns were third class citizens of the country.
The racist comments of Usman Dar @UdarOfficial against Pashtuns are pathetic in @_Mansoor_Ali program. His racial profiling of Pashtun illustrates that Pashtuns are third class citizens in this country.
He must be kicked out from government. #ووٹ_کی_عزت_لے_کر_رہیں_گے
— Wali Muhammad Alizai (@PashtunZoi1) November 5, 2019
Meanwhile, a privilege motion has been submitted by Pakistan People’s Party senator Rubina Khalid which stated that the sentiments of the Pashtun community had been hurt by Usman Dar’s degrading remarks.
The motion further called for the issue to be referred to the Committee On Rules of Procedures and Privileges.