Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed thinks there’s nothing wrong with Prime Minister Imran Khan using the word ‘sahiba’ [ma’am] to refer to PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
PM Khan, while addressing a rally in Wana, called Bilawal ‘sahiba’. “I, unlike Bilawal Bhutto sahiba, didn’t come to power become of nepotism. I wasn’t handed over a party because of my mother. I worked my way to the top,” he said.
Since then, the premier has been the subject of criticism for his ‘derogatory’ remarks towards women.
“There are many people who don’t use the gendered terms correctly,” Rasheed remarked while addressing a press conference on Thursday. “What difference does it make?”
He said that there was “no problem with it” even if it wasn’t a slip of the tongue. “People don’t need to take it so seriously.”
He said that PM Imran Khan’s political opponents are just criticising him for fun’s sake.
“Even if you paint a donkey, it won’t make him a zebra. A donkey is a donkey and a zebra is a zebra,” he added.
Rasheed has often been criticised for unnecessarily ‘queering’ Bilawal and has referred to him as ‘billo rani’ on many occasions.