ISLAMABAD: Ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has just picked Senator Yaqoob Khan as its interim party president after Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification over a string of corruption charges… but the new PML-N head too is no stranger to controversies.
Let’s take a quick go-through of the Senator’s remarks that landed him in a hot water last year. Senator Sardar Mohammad Yaqoob Khan Nasar during a meeting of the Senate Functional Committee on Devolution on August 25, 2016 stirred controversy when he said:
“Poor are born to serve the rich”
He just didn’t stop there; Senator Nasar further remarked that if everyone were to become wealthy, there will be no one to grow wheat or to work as labourer.
“This is a system created by God, and He has made some people rich and others poor and we should not interfere in this system,” he said.
His remarks triggered a nationwide storm and debate and he was blasted on the social media for marginalizing the poor. During the meeting when Senator Yaqoob made a controversial statement, PPP Senator Taj Haider was first and perhaps the quickest to point out that socio-economic classes were man-made phenomena with which God had nothing to do with.
However, Senator Yaqoob could not be convinced and said that “once in China all people were considered equal, which did not work out well”.
“Those who cannot get an education and cannot earn more have no right to live the life of a bureaucrat,” he claimed.
On August 8, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had notified PML-N that with the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by a court verdict, the party must elect its new president as per the Political Parties Order (2002), a disqualified person cannot hold the key party position.
The new PML-N president’s remarks had turned out to be a fodder for international media…check out below
Reactions on Twitter
poor & low mentality people are elected time to select educated and young people
— KHAN (@ASGHARGSK) August 26, 2016
— Ali Atif Saeed (@aliatifsaeed) August 26, 2016
this is typical PMLN ideology
— Sidra khurshid (@SidraKhurshid77) August 26, 2016
Sir, this mentality is real enemy of equity, equality & development in Pak. How unfortunate if one ruling elite exclaims this!
— Invincible Pakistani (@WeInvincible) August 26, 2016
#mindset is evident when it cmes to income inequalities & lack opportunites fr everyone.
— munaza elahi (@munazaelahi) August 27, 2016
How foolish feudal thinking. If we try to get rid of this mind set, surely, Pakistan will take off in days. In sha ALLAH.
— Jawad Rattu (@bcaa22087a534f2) August 26, 2016