Famous writer Khalil-ur-Rehman is known for his problematic views about women. In a recent interview, he called himself ‘feminist’ and shared his views about women.
p’Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar in an interview defended his ideas and ‘Philosophy’ around how he sees society.
He talked about his famous drama serial ‘Mere Pass Tum Ho’ and shared, “It (Mere Pass Tum Ho) is a story of several men, not just one. I have come across multiple married couples who go through the same ordeal. I’ve observed when a married woman cheats, she doesn’t feel ashamed at all. The reason behind her not feeling guilty is because she has been backed by another man. When an unmarried woman cheats, she feels guilty.”
He also stated, “But when a married man betrays his wife, he feels guilty. He feels embarrassed.”
Khalil also said that women shouldn’t criticize Mere Pass Tum Ho and shared, “I’m only narrating this story in your [women’s] favor. Like it or not, I don’t call every woman a woman. To me, the only beautiful trait a woman can possess is her loyalty and her haya/modesty. If a woman isn’t loyal then she is not a woman. Register an FIR against me for if you don’t subscribe to my point of view but I won’t budge.”
He also shared, “Get someone to try me under #MeToo, I won’t care about that either. But I won’t be able to call every woman a woman. That simply isn’t true for me.”
He continued and talked about how he is fighting for good women and said, “A man leaves all his honor, his self-esteem with his wife when he goes out to earn a living. And I curse those women who violate that trust. That was the concept behind Mere Pass Tum Ho and so I’m fighting for the ‘good women’. It would be unfair to these [good] women to be classified along with those who aren’t loyal.”
He called himself feminist and shared, “Trust me, you’ll not find a bigger feminist in Pakistan, but I fight for good women only. Loyalty is a woman’s virtue; don’t challenge it.”
“A few weeks ago, a feminist group had a conversation with me regarding equality. I asked them if they’ve ever heard about a gang of men kidnapping a woman? They assured me they have. I asked them then why don’t women do the same? If you wish to strive for equality then kidnap men as well. Rob a bus, gang rape a man, so that I can understand what you [women] mean by equality.”
“Rather than figuring out your own rights, you’re only asking your part from men’s rights. That’s never going to happen! The most one of these feminist groups can do is chant slogans against me, tweet a few thousand tweets but that’s it! Women can’t do anything else.”
Qamar believes if women were to challenge men the whole society will collapse.
“I was once in conversation with Sultana Siddiqui, and she asked me, ‘Khalil, why don’t you write anything against men?’ I asked her what should I write about men? Should I abuse him? I would, but then what? She said, ‘What do you mean? Even men remarry and indulge in extramarital affairs. Why do you choose to be so selective?’ I just had one question in response, ‘But with whom? A woman, right?’”
He believes if a woman says no to man then men will not be tempted to have extramarital affairs. He blames women are the reason behind the extramarital affairs of men.
He kept on saying how women are the reason behind the extramarital statement and justified his thoughts by saying, “You have to understand this philosophy. A wife is worried about what? Another woman. That other woman isn’t a man. So riddle me this: you are destroying a man and you’re the one who’s complaining about it as well.”
“A man cannot say no. He just can’t. A good woman can,” he concluded.
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