Mohsin Dawar Clarifies His ‘Racist’ Speech Was Wrongly Translated
MNA Mohsin Dawar has clarified that a speech of his on social media is being wrongly translated to imply that he was using racist slurs. “I believe in human dignity and equality”, he said in a tweet.
Clarification: A speech of mine is being translated wrongly. I didn't use any racial slurs. I said ”A Punjabi Policeman who was untidy”. As a representative of the oppressed, I believe in human dignity & equality.
Respect to all who understand and the rest never cared anyways.
— Mohsin Dawar (@mjdawar) February 4, 2020
A Pashto speech of Dawar has been doing the rounds on social media, in which he allegedly used racist slurs against a policeman over his Punjabi ethnicity. People on social media have since been criticising the lawmaker over the speech.
Last week, Mohsin Dawar along with some activists of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and Awami Workers Party (AWP) was arrested at a protest against PTM chief Manzoor Pashteen’s arrest. While Dawar and others were later released after midnight, some activists remained in custody and were charged with sedition. Later on Monday, they were granted bail by Islamabad High Court (IHC).