Actress Armeena Khan’s husband, Fesl Reza-Khan, has demanded an apology from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for uploading a picture of his wife and daughter on one of the party’s social media accounts on Twitter, and has spoken out against them. Pakistan actor Osman Khalid Butt and many social media users have also requested that the PML-N’s social media account delete the image of the actress. The PML-N, while posting the actress’ picture, wrote a derogatory comment. “How will the sick minded youthia’s train the coming generation and the fifth generation youthia will be at the lowest level.” The PML-N’s social media team’s move was highly criticised by people who asked them to remove Armeena’s picture.
The controversy started when a pro-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) activist, Shayan Ali, posted a video of PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz. The video, which has gone viral, shows a woman duping the PML-N leader for a selfie. However, the woman was recording the interaction instead and asked Maryam to say “my family are thieves.” Since the video’s circulation, people have criticised the woman for her behaviour, calling it a “cheap act,” while some supported her actions. Meanwhile, Maryam handled the situation calmly.
The video was retweeted by Armeena, who said that people have freedom of speech in the UK. She added that if this had happened in Pakistan, the woman would have “disappeared.” “Had this happened in Pakistan, the selfie lady would’ve ‘disappeared.’ 😉 I’m glad we have such freedoms in the U.K where we hold our politicians to account. If you’re going to live on British soil then it is OUR rules. We have freedom of speech,” wrote the actress.