‘Taliban are predominantly Pashtuns’: Twitter slams Imran Khan’s statement

Many social media activists took to Twitter to post photos and video clips of ancient Afghanistan, where women would go to universities and schools.

The 17th session of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) summit was conducted in Islamabad on Sunday the 19th of December. More than 15 delegates from 54 countries attended the conference. The ceremony’s purpose was to address the humanitarian crisis and the risk of economic collapse confronting the people in Afghanistan.

During the ceremony, Pakistan’s image was also presented to the world under the leadership of its political authorities. To do this, Imran Khan came forward to speak at the prestigious occasion. While he talked about many things, the internet fixated on the remarks Khan made about the Pashtun and Afghan communities.

Speaking at the conference, Imran Khan said:

Taliban are predominantly a Pashtun movement and therefore not willing to comply with the international community’s demands regarding human and women’s rights. The people residing in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or the rural areas adjoining Afghanistan don’t send their girls to schools even when presented with stipends.

Imran Khan’s remarks did not resonate well with the Pashtun and Afghan communities and sparked a severe outrage on Twitter. Many known figures also stepped forward to defend the Pashtun and Afghan communities against Khan’s claims.

Pashtun community steps up

Leader of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Manzoor Pashteen condemned Imran Khan’s comments, stating that they are false and negative. Pashteen said:

Pashtuns never denied education to girls nor denied their rights. Stop this colonialism.

Nobel laureate and women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai also reacted strongly to Imran Khan’s statements about women’s education in Afghanistan. She said:

I nearly lost my life fighting against the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education. Thousands of Pashtun activists and notables lost their lives when they raised their voices against the Taliban’s horrors, and millions became refugees. We represent Pashtuns – not the Taliban.

Human Rights Activist Saleem Javed also took to Twitter to criticize Khan’s statement.

Here’s how Pashtun netizens reacted to Imran Khan’s statement:

Afghan community steps up

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai took to Twitter and said:

This is an attempt to sow discord among Afghans and insult the Afghan people. Please stop interfering in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

Afghanistan’s former Ambassadress to Norway Shukria Barakzai also said:

Imran Khan’s comments show his lack of knowledge of Afghanistan’s history.

Many social media activists took to Twitter to post photos and video clips of ancient Afghanistan, where women would go to universities and schools. Some pictures also showcased a time when women were part of the cabinets in different governments.

Here’s how Afghan netizens reacted to Imran Khan’s statement:

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • This piece of shit does not know anything. Kabhi Germany aur Japan ka border mila leta hai, kabhi aath mausam bna leta hai, kabhi raat ko drakhton se oxygen niklwa leta hai. Is bande nai cocaine snort ker ker ke apne dimagh ke baati bhoja di hai.

  • Take the things out of context and then start bashing.

    This all will be considered lie and every liar will have to bear the consequences in sha Allah.

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