‘Women Can Take Off Clothes, Not Put On?’: Imran Khan’s Sexism At UNGA

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Imran Khan, in his address at the 74th UNGA, made a sexist remark against women. He said, "a woman can take off clothes but she can't put on more clothes"

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:
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In his address at the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan made a sexist remark against women. Speaking about Islamophobia's growth at an alarming rate in the U.S following the 9/11 attacks, he said, "Islamophobia is creating divisions, hijab is becoming a weapon; a woman can take off clothes but she can't put on more clothes. It started after 9/11 and it started because certain western leaders equated Islam with terrorism."

At the 74th UN General Assembly, along with this remark, Imran Khan in a 45-minute lengthy speech, extensively complained about India, admitted to Pakistan's backing for Mujahideen, the country's shaky economy and he retaliated to US President Donald Trump's 'radical Islamic terror' remark. 

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Pakistan asks for funding

During his address at UN General Assembly at the international forum, Imran Khan, speaking of climate change, asked for fundings from the world leaders by stating that they have 'lot of ideas,' however, no money to execute it. He said, "First let me talk about climate change, I have seen a lot of leaders talk about this. But I don’t see world leaders really realising the urgency of the situation. We have a lot of ideas, but as they say, ideas without funding is a mere hallucination." 

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A threat of a 'Pulwama-like' attack

Despite Pakistan-based Masood Azhar's Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility to the Pulwama terror attack perpetrated on February 14, Imran Khan said that he 'feared another Pulwama incident' for India's 'cruelty' in Kashmir. He said, "We fear another Pulwama incident. And for that, India will again blame Pakistan. Why would we ever want to disrupt peace? But it’s because there is no other narrative left for India. There will be another Pulwama incident because of their own cruelty in Kashmir, they will blame us and try to bomb us again."

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MEA slams Khan's UNGA speech

Slamming Pakistan PM Imran Khan's speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, on Friday, tweeted a map of Pakistan listing the number of times Khan mentioned certain terms in his speech. The MEA compared PM Modi's many engagements in the US progressing India's development to Imran Khan's Islam-terror centric speech. The MEA stated that Pakistan does not feel there is life beyond jingoism of nuclear war, jihad, encouraging terrorism, warmongering, falsehood, deceit. The MEA also condemned Khan's misuse of a global platform.

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