Wednesday Nov 15, 2017
Social media has erupted in cheers for anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada for calling out on sexist remarks by Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Mustafa Kamal.
On the current affairs talk show Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saath on Geo News on Monday, Kamal was discussing his rift with Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Farooq Sattar.
During their conversation, the PSP chairman described Sattar's recent behaviour as "auraton kee tara rona dhona, chooriyan torna, cheel ki tarah chillana" (crying like a woman, smashing bangles, shrieking like an eagle).
Though worst references to women on national television have been brushed away with little consequence, Khanzada’s response to the sexist comments was refreshing.
Cutting the casual sexism short, the anchor said: "Apologies for the intervention, but it's not right to refer to women like that. Women are a powerful group. It's not right to refer to them like this. That's all, please continue."
Kamal was taken by surprise, as he paused to gather his thoughts and respond to the unexpected intervention.
But perhaps, he could have taken some more time to come up with an appropriate response.
Instead of apologising for his remarks, Kamal took the defensive approach: "Thank you for correcting me. I agree with you. But with reference to what I was saying, you may know some strong women, I know some weak ones..."
"Men can also be weak," Khanzada replied with a laugh. "Anyway, we can continue our discussion."
Khanzada's brief intervention gives a loud and clear message: sexist behaviour should be called out.