Khan called on Pakistanis at home and abroad to take to the streets to show their opposition to the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, which he insists came to power with US backing. Many Khan supporters answered his call and staged protests in cities around the world.
Pakistani Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb was heckled in London by supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to videos circulating on social media.
Aurangzeb flew to London from New York, where she was part of a delegation led by Sharif to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In one of the videos, local Pakistani supporters of Khan’s PTI can be seen calling her “chorni” (thief woman).
“Maryam Aurangzeb makes big claims on TV about wearing a dupatta (drape) over your head. But she is not wearing a dupatta on her head at the moment,” a woman can be heard saying in front of the Pakistani minister.
Aurangzeb could be seen being scolded by overseas Pakistanis after entering an organic cafe in the British capital.
“She is wasting Pakistani taxpayers money… People are dying in Pakistan… There is no money there,” one of the hecklers told him, after the minister bought a diet coke at the cafe .
Meanwhile, Aurangzeb hit back at his hecklers, calling them “victims of Imran Khan’s propaganda”.
Sad to see the toxic impact that IK’s politics of hate and division has had on our brothers and sisters. I stayed and answered each of their questions. Unfortunately, they are victims of IK propaganda. We will continue our work to counter IK’s toxic politics and bring people together https://t.co/KEgOPa5Y3p
— Marryum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) September 25, 2022
The heckling videos also sparked a strong reaction from Aurangzeb’s cabinet colleagues, with Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal accusing Imran Khan’s politics of inciting his supporters to such meetings.
“That was Hitler’s tactic. Imran is a fascist and turns his followers into street gangs,” Iqbal remarked.
Pakistani Defense Minister Khwaja Asif also chastised the hecklers for representing “the lowest level of our society”.
“Giving this color to political differences is a sign of poor training and a tendency that is the height of intolerance. The violent trend of politics after Madhhab (a school of thought within Islamic jurisprudence) will destroy our society,” he said.