NCA College’s Mahrukh Butt and Her Alleged Discrimination Against Pashtuns
The ongoing conflict against terrorism in Pakistan has been a challenging and arduous journey for all Pakistanis, with each citizen making significant contributions toward achieving peace and stability in the country. However, it is a fact that Pashtuns have borne a significant brunt of this conflict, and their suffering has been immense. EMEA Tribune has denounced the discriminatory remarks made by political parties such as PMLN and PDM, as well as Mahrukh Butt, regarding Pashtuns. In a video circulating on social media, two women were seen outside Zaman Park, with one wearing a red shalwar kameez and glasses, identified as Mahrukh Butt, a lecturer at the National College of Arts Lahore (NCA).
EMEA Tribune strongly condemns any form of discrimination or racism directed towards any ethnic group, including Pashtuns, and calls for the promotion of inclusivity and harmony among all citizens of Pakistan. Let’s expose the agenda of Mahrukh.
Who is Mahrukh Butt?
A recent incident has come to light where a woman, identified as the wife of Sajid Ahmed and daughter of retired army officer Lt General Ghulam Safdar Butt, made derogatory and racist remarks against Pashtuns. The woman, who teaches at NCA and resides far from Zaman Park in Lahore, was captured on video making the remarks.
In the video, the woman can be heard stating that the people who came to Zaman Park in solidarity with Imran Khan looked like Taliban who were Pashto speaking. She went on to further state that these Pashtuns are dangerous and are from the Taliban. Such statements are baseless and deliberately untrue. Pashtuns have been staunch supporters of Imran Khan and are pro-Pakistani. They have never been associated with any form of militancy, extremism, or terrorism.
The woman’s comments were filled with hate and venom towards the Pashtun community who are known for their patriotism towards Pakistan. She also went on to thank law enforcement agencies for their efforts in kicking Pashtuns out of the area. It is deeply concerning that a teacher, someone who holds a position of influence and authority, would use such language against any ethnic group.
In conclusion, it is important to understand that making derogatory and racist remarks against any community is unacceptable and goes against the principles of unity and harmony in a diverse society such as Pakistan. Such incidents should be condemned and appropriate action should be taken to ensure that individuals who engage in such behavior are held accountable for their actions.
What Should Be Done Now? Responding to Social Media Outrage
- Naming and shaming Mahrukh is a perfect solution, but it is not enough. Her actions call for more substantial actions to be taken to address the issue at hand. Her students should have boycotted her classes and demanded an apology from Mahrukh. Students have the right to study in an environment free from discrimination and prejudice.
- A case should be filed against Mahrukh for racism and creating hatred between people and Pashtuns. Discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or race is unacceptable and should not be tolerated under any circumstances. It is important to hold individuals accountable for their actions, especially when their actions can harm others.
- The second demand should be to the authority of the NCA college to suspend the teacher and take necessary steps to protect the student community from individuals like Mahrukh. The college should take a strong stance against any form of discrimination and should ensure that all members of the educational community are treated fairly and with respect.
It is important to note that incidents like these have a long-lasting impact on individuals and communities. Discrimination can lead to a sense of isolation, fear, and trauma. Educational institutions have a responsibility to create safe and inclusive environments that foster learning, growth, and mutual respect. Individuals can go to the NCA college website Contact – National College of Arts (NCA) and complain to the authority of the college.
— Azhar Mashwani (@MashwaniAzhar) March 19, 2023
سابق لیفٹیننٹ جنرل غلام صفدر کی بیٹی ماہرخ کل جھوٹا پراپگینڈا کررہی تھیں تحریک انصاف کے خلاف اور دہشت گرد کہہ رہی تھیں۔ یہ سوشل میڈیا کا زمانہ ہے! pic.twitter.com/YgaMVSPyFm
— PTI Peshawar (@PTIPeshawar) March 19, 2023
وائرل انٹرویو میں خاتون نے کہا کہ مجھے تو زمان پارک آئےلوگ طالبان سے لگتے تھے جو پشتو سپیکنگ تھےیہ کہہ کر اس عورت نےلسانیت کوہوادی ہے۔یہ جہالت کی ٹوکریNCAلاہورمیں انٹیرئیرڈیزائن کے ماسٹرزپروگرام کوپڑھاتی ہےنام ماہ رخ بٹ:کالج اسکوفورانکالےیہ پشتون طلباوطالبات کیلئےخطرہ ہے pic.twitter.com/b2E8X16hSr
— AzbaAbdullah (@AzbaAbdullah) March 18, 2023
An example of sheer racism. #MahrukhButt can't differentiate apples from oranges. Too bad #NCA isn't counselling it's art teachers. Clearly, #MadamRacist has lost sight of the ball by instigating hate and fascism when times are vulnerable and the reason isn't just her eyesight! https://t.co/0gLpNNUrBm
— Sasha Scheherzade (@SashaScheherzad) March 19, 2023
Parents and students must take notice of this lady in red duppata. She is promoting racism and hatred against pashtuns. She should be reported at all levels. I would like to write to the college she is teaching in. Anyone who can recognize her? pic.twitter.com/g8QtuIYmhG
— Eimaan (@Cynosure100) March 18, 2023
Army brats ka kuch nhi hoskta. racism and tyranny is in their genes https://t.co/qOYNobOb63 pic.twitter.com/wjyDfDqhaU
— bonky.chonky (@bonkichonky) March 19, 2023
ماہ رخ بٹ
بنت جنرل ریٹائر غلام صفدر بٹ NCA میں پڑھاتی ہے۔ زمان پارک کی نہیں شاہدرہ کی رہائشی ہے۔
اسکا باپ جنرل ضیاء الحق مرحوم کا سیکریٹری بھی تھا
اسکی ویڈیو مریم نواز نے بھی ٹوئٹر پر لگائی تھی، اِسکو پنجاب پولیس گاڑی میں بیٹھا کر لائی، ویڈیو شوٹ کی اور واپس شاہدرہ چھوڑ دیا pic.twitter.com/UmkI5x1jvD
— Asma Khan (@asma16khan) March 19, 2023