It's no secret that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan People's Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are fierce political opponents and things have gotten heated between the two yet again.
At the inaugural ceremony of Havelian-Mansehra section of the Hazara motorway at Havelian on Monday evening, IK mocked Bilawal's statement on rains and flooding, mimicking the PPP chairman (also making fun of his Urdu) to say “when it rains, water pours down. When it rains more, more water pours down.”
Mr Khan further said: “Bilawal claims to be a liberal; in fact, he is nothing but liberally corrupt.”
In response to the mimicry, the PPP chairman tweeted: “I am neither liberal nor corrupt or a hypocrite. I am progressive and I have an ideology. I’ve been in politics for one year; you are 70 years old who has been doing ‘selected’ politics for 20 years. If you have any identity, it is of taking U-turns, of being a hypocrite and a puppet.”
Public figures should carefully consider the words and tone they use in their speeches and statements, but every few weeks we are served a reminder that this is not the case. That said, the PM resorting to such contempt didn't go down well on desi Twitter.
People were quick to point out that such behaviour was unbecoming of the PM
You have to admit, it was petty to poke fun at Bhutto's accent
The two have a history of being routinely savage to one another; Bilawal, too, has taken many cheap shots at the PM in the past responding to his misogyny with even more sexism and even joking about his mental health.
If we could just dial down the unnecessary name-calling and focus on kinder, more empathetic discourse amongst opposing politicians to actually get some work done, that'd be great. Here's hoping sanity prevails soon.