After three days of trending at the top, Mahira Khan is finally not a top Twitter trend in Pakistan. We hope this would help the dust to settle on the utterly unnecessary scandal that erupted because of four pictures that weren’t even scandalous!
A lot of people took those pictures as an opportunity to exhibit how judgmental and self-righteous they are. However, what’s great – even heartening – to see how so many Pakistanis came out in support of the beautiful actress.
After carefully going through scores of tweets, these are some of the common themes that we found from those siding with Team Mahira.
Smoking and Societal Hypocrisy
A lot of people called out on the hypocrisy that prevails in our society with regard to women smokers. While no one gives a second thought to men smoking openly, women who smoke continue to be stigmatized for absolutely no logical reason.
So it's considered 'cool' & 'sexy' when male celebrities smoke, but when a woman does it then it is frowned upon? Grow up people.#MahiraKhan
— Ali Akber (@aliakberhabib) September 22, 2017
for men cigarette is injurious to health
for women cigarette is injurious to izzat #MahiraKhan
— Bakhtawar Javed (@BJ_Socialist) September 23, 2017
There were specific comparisons between Mahira Khan and her Humsafar co-star, Fawad Khan.
People now a days:
PIC 1: HOT, Handsome.
— Hanii🇵🇰 (@HaniiSays) September 22, 2017
Good humour was also all over the show.
— Mashood Ahmed (@mashoodmyself) September 22, 2017
A lot of people who came out in support of Mahira Khan asked others to respect her privacy and personal life choices.
Who are you to decide what one should do & what one should not? We don't have right to comment on personal life of others #MahiraKhan
— Hina Butt (@hinaparvezbutt) September 22, 2017
Calling Out on the Ghairat Brigade
If there’s one thing Pakistani women are sick of it’s being judged all the time! No matter what they wear, no matter how they conduct themselves in public, the ghairat brigade always finds a reason to be offended!
Calling out the ghiarat brigade on its bulls**t was a common theme among twitterati this weekend.
Outrage over Mahira is still ongoing, it's ticking me off way more than usual. Ajeeb beghairat aur do number qaum hai humari
— Imperial Marcher (@MavIncognito) September 23, 2017
Another common theme was the bewilderment over how a woman’s attire is being treated as an issue when the country battles with serious problems like lack of education, health facilities, peace and security.
A society that has a bigger problem with a woman's outfit/smoking than what's actually going on in the country, never matures. #MahiraKhan
— FuTurE EnGineeR (@km779549) September 24, 2017
I swear we should be worried about tomatoes! Rs. 160 per kg is criminal!
Prices of Onions and Tomatoes should be a concern for Pakistan, not #MahiraKhan.
— Syed Ali Raza Abidi (@abidifactor) September 24, 2017
This one was funny and so apt!
— Fiaz Khan Malik™ (@fiazmalik074) September 24, 2017
This tweet by Sara Taseer perfectly sums up our emotions:
— Sara Taseer (@sarataseer) September 23, 2017