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You are influenced by Taliban, Fawad Chaudhry tells journalist


ISLAMABAD: Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry again accused senior journalist Ansar Abbasi of pushing for Taliban-style curbs on women in Pakistan.

“You writings suggest that we are a nation with no moral values and Pakistan women don’t know how to dress. I wonder what your problems are. Pakistani women dress according to our social and religious values. The problem is you are influenced by the Taliban and want to impose their system,” Chaudhry tweeted in response to Ansar Abbasi’s latest column on modesty.

This is not the first time Fawad Chaudhry has called out Ansar Abbasi for his myopic view of Islam.

“It is not a matter of Islamic or non-Islamic, you want to Talibanize Pakistan where minorities and women have no rights and every weaker section is trampled, this process has the support of semi-literate people. Your backward thinking is a threat to the state,” Chaudhry told Abbasi on September 24.

Sharing his Jang article, Ansar Abbasi said: “If the whole world turns against me for opposing any un-Islamic move in Pakistani society, I don’t care for a moment, but I thank my Almighty God for taking this action from a sinner like me, which is a matter of pride for me.”

The verbal spat between the two began on September 21 when Abbasi objected to a woman exercising on the national television in front of male host.

Abbasi tweeted the video of a woman exercising on national TV, urging Prime Minister Imran Khan to take action against it.

Fawad Chaudhry slammed the journalist, telling him that he needed to opt for “psychic therapy”.

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