Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill took to social media hitting out Frieha Altaf and Sarwat Gilani, after a video of theirs on their way to the celebrity protest went viral on social media.
It was a few days ago when the media fraternity staged a protest at Karachi Press Club demanding the safety of women and childern in Pakitan in wake of the motorway gangrape incident.
However, a video clip went viral on social media featuring, Sarwat Gillani and Frieha Altaf who on their way to the protest venue in a car can be seen are telling their followers that they are going to protest to demand justice for the motorway gang-rape victim and Sarwat is holding a poster which reads ‘Rapped’ instead of ‘Raped’.
SAPM Dr. Gill in a tweet shared the viral video clip, with a caption saying, ” These are the unfortunate elites of this society for whom everything is a joke”.
یہ ہے اس معاشرے کی بد بخت اشرافیہ جن کے لئیے ہر چیز مذاق ہے۔ pic.twitter.com/bIBtyk9oOc— Dr. Shahbaz GiLL (@SHABAZGIL) September 15, 2020
However, he was not the only one to call out these celebrities, social media is laden with posts criticizing celebrities for the vague protest.
اکیلی عورت ذمہ داری ہوتی ہے؟ کس کی بھائی؟ اور یہ rapped کیا لفظ ہے مطلب کیا کوئی نیا پاپ/پوپ کلچر سے نکل کے آیا یہ لفظ؟ خواجہ سرا ہمارے ستاروں کے پاس ہی احتجاج کر رہے تھے مگر یہ توفیق نہ ہوئی کہ انکے ساتھ یکجہتی کا اظہار کر لیں بلکہ انکی طرف متوجہ میڈیا بھی اپنی طرف راغب کر لیا pic.twitter.com/SQkWXgha1b— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) September 16, 2020
It is incredibly difficult to call out women fighting for the same cause because you don’t want to hurt the cause and you want to be a good soldier for this war to protect women.— Mahwash Ajaz 🇵🇰 (@mahwashajaz_) September 15, 2020
But honestly I’m exhausted by the fauxtrage, the empty words & the activism that goes with this https://t.co/SPdBU0axu0
Unbelievable. Celebrities thinking they are better than everyone else… https://t.co/u3D43oovHP— Alia Chughtai (@AliaChughtai) September 15, 2020
Sarwat Gilani’s protest sign has destroyed my brain https://t.co/Ln5M451Vgu— Hira Azmat (@caustichazmat) September 15, 2020
There were a few questions raised as celebrities held their own protest on 13th September, as a day earlier another protest was held.
Ace fashion designer Maheen Khan responded to that query, and so did Sarwat, however Sarwat after this episode has made her twitter account private.
Some of them attended that too . #stoprape was part of the Aurat march agenda and the Monday one was purely for #stoprape . The more people stand up against these atrocities the better.— Maheen Khan (@Maheenkhanpk) September 15, 2020
The momentum must not be lost
To all thosewho r questioning the #stoprape protest,the whys&the wherefors.The transgenders whobtw wereverymuch therewith us.Please remember these men&women came because they care about the terror raging in our country.not enough came but those that did i salute them . pic.twitter.com/dLkuxZ3PFZ— Maheen Khan (@Maheenkhanpk) September 16, 2020