Outrage As Sexual Harassment-Accused Ali Zafar Appointed Ambassador Of Namal Knowledge City
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s decision to appoint singer Ali Zafar, who is an accused in a sexual harassment case, as the ambassador of the Namal Knowledge City has generated criticism on social media.
A user questioned the direction in which the country was headed.
Welcome to Islamic Republic of Pakistan where world renowned economist Atif Mian cannot address university students and alleged harasser Ali Zafar who has no academic credentials to his name is appointed academic ambassador at a university whose Founding Chair is the current PM.
— Aimun (@bluemagicboxes) October 26, 2020
Another user tweeted that the state machinery and the powerful people who supported Ali Zafar should know that they have silenced countless victims.
The people enabled AZ–the state machinery, the party, the lawyers (everyone has a right to defence but line should be drawn at PR), and powerful people who kept silent I hope you know you've silence countless victims
As for him, he goes to sleep every night knowing what the did
— main aap ki behan nahin (@shmyla) October 26, 2020
Activist Aimen Bucha wrote, “The Pakistani State really does hate women. It is not an Imran Khan problem. It is a patriarchal state problem. We saw this in the democratic and dictatorial governments which came before him as well”
The Pakistani State really does hate women.
It is not an Imran Khan problem, it’s a patriarchal State problem. We saw this in the democratic and dictatorial rulers who came before him as well. https://t.co/l0UoVWQ4si
— aimen bucha (@AimenBucha) October 25, 2020
Journalist Benazir Shah tweeted that it was a clear message to women in Pakistan.
This is a clear message to women in Pakistan https://t.co/iX6QzQ2JAX
— Benazir Shah (@Benazir_Shah) October 26, 2020
Another Twitterati noted that the state appears to be supporting Ali Zafar since the time he was accused of harassment and asked if Zafar is going to become the president one day.
Guys Ali Zafar is going to become our president isn't he?
— Kayhan Suleman (@7kayhan) October 26, 2020
Some users also wondered as to why the government chose to appoint Ali Zafar as the ambassador when others such as singer and philanthropist Shahzad Roy have done significant work for the education sector.
shehzad roy working for betterment of education and kids ✨ignored ✨
ali zafar with accusations of sexual harassment
— Samar Iqbal (@desertnightart) October 25, 2020
Ah yes famous scholar Ali zafar who is known primarily for his intellectual and academic pursuits https://t.co/c3KW98KIQ2
— adriana la cerva (@404mav) October 26, 2020
Another user tweeted that Imran Khan has chosen to stand on the side of a person who is the subject of harassment allegations.
Imran Khan making Ali Zafar the amb is meant to send out a signal. The PM of the country choosing to pick a person, who is the subject of harassment allegations and so much controversy over literally ANYONE else shows which side of the divide he wants to stand on.
— Meshal Malik (@MeshalMalikk) October 26, 2020