In a series of comments against the children of leaders, Jemima Khan spoke out against PML-N’s Maryam Nawaz for saying that her children were “being raised in the lap of the Jews”. She said that she left Pakistan 17 years ago, “after a decade of antisemitic attacks by the media and politicians (and weekly death threats and protests outside my house). But still it continues”.
Her comments came after Maryam Nawaz lashed out at PM Khan for mentioning her son. Commenting on Nawaz Sharif’s grandson Junaid Safdar’s pictures of playing a polo match in London, PM Khan said, “This grandson who is playing polo in Britain […] I’ve met so many Kashmiris in London and Manchester, ask them what kind of person can play polo there.”
“You need a lot of money to keep a horse and play polo. So tell us where this dear grandson got this money from. It’s your [the people’s] money!” he told the crowd.
The next day, Maryam addressed his comments about her son in her speech and said, “[Junaid] is now the polo team captain and is increasing Pakistan’s respect [abroad]. [Imran] says ‘that grandson’ is going abroad and playing polo, he doesn’t even spare children,” she jibed. “He says, ‘where did he get the money to play polo’.
“I didn’t want to bring children into it, but the way you’re talking, you’re going to get a befitting reply,” she said.
“He’s Nawaz Sharif’s grandson, not Goldsmith’s. He’s Nawaz Sharif’s grandson, he’s not being raised in the lap of Jews,” added Maryam.
Jemima’s reply to Maryam came after referring to an article on how politicians need to keep children out of politics.