Jemima Goldsmith, the former wife of former prime minister Imran Khan, on Friday clapped back at the PML-N after the party announced it would stage a protest outside her London residence in the aftermath of the PTI government’s ouster.
PML-N leader Abid Sher Ali on Thursday said on Twitter that a protest would be held outside Goldsmith’s London home. He had also shared an image bearing her full address and used derogatory language against the former premier.
“Protests outside my house, targeting my children, anti-Semitic abuse on social media… It’s almost like I’m back in 90s Lahore,” Goldsmith said in response to Ali and added the hashtag #PuranaPakistan (old Pakistan).
Ali responded to Goldsmith, holding the former prime minister responsible for the protest. “He (Imran) has ordered attacks and protests outside [the] homes of his political opponents. He incites hate, homophobia, and terrorism on [a] daily basis,” he said.
The PML-N leader added that the protest would be “peaceful and non-violent”.
Journalist Hamid Mir also got involved, with words of advice for both the PTI and the PML-N. “PTI must stop protesting outside the house of (Nawaz Sharif) in London and PML-N should not do the same outside the house of (Goldsmith),” he wrote. “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones on others,” Mir said.
However, Goldsmith was not here for the journalist’s justification. She clarified that she and her children were not involved in Pakistani politics.
“With respect, the difference is that I have got nothing to do with Pakistani politics and neither have my children. They are low-key private individuals who are not even on social media,” she said.
‘Vile and unacceptable’
Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State Foreign Commonwealth & Development Affairs, in the cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sprang to her defence. “The right to protest is something we protect in the UK – but to target children and resort to anti-Semitic abuse is vile and unacceptable,” tweeted Lord Ahmad, who is also PM’s envoy for preventing sexual violence.
“And posting a private home address on social media is surely not legal,” Jemima tweeted while acknowledging Lord Ahmad’s support. “Especially as I have an ongoing problem with stalkers (one arrested at my workplace last week and another who breached his restraining order & is being tried in a few weeks).
Despite the many feathers she adorned in her cap, Goldsmith is mostly remembered for her former relationship with the Pakistani premier. A case in point is her earlier tweet about Wordle, a daily word game, where she simply shared her score without knowing what it will attract. The British screenwriter was left in fits over Pakistan’s obsession with her and Khan.
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