In the wake of scathing criticism for using Punjabi cuss words, Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill on Monday tried to brush off his lack of decorum by trying to justify his use of expletives during a media talk outside the Supreme Court building in Islamabad.
When confronted by a journalist on his consistent and liberal use of expletives, Gill told her that “every region has its own use of euphemisms and linguistics.” He expanded by saying that he was not aware that the words in question r*nd* [prostitute] and d*l**a* [pimp] were considered swear words.
Elaborating further on the matter he said he was ignorant about certain words being considered obscenities, insisting it is common to weave such words in daily conversations in Punjab.
“In Punjab, when a woman’s husband dies, she is called a r*nd* [prostitute] and when a man’s wife dies he is called a randwa (widower). A broker is called a d*l**a* [pimp] in Punjabi.”
Gill stated that he was told by a fellow party leader, that the words he used were considered obscene and crude.
The journalist tried to refute Gill’s explanation by denying that such expletives are commonplace in Punjab and in the context that he mentioned. Gill dismissed her by saying, “I am explaining to you, this is how it is in Punjab. You are not Punjabi”.
Gill’s justification for his abrasive language has been met with criticism once again on social media.
Twitter user Quatrina condemned Gill’s obscenities saying, “No Punjabi would use that word for a widow.”
I’m stunned….How on earth is this being aired on PTV of all channels? Widows are respected in our country. This is most filthy rubbish I have ever heard. Has he lost his mind? No Punjabi would use that word for a widow. https://t.co/12Ys3PSSj5
— Quatrina (@QuatrinaHosain) March 21, 2022
A netizen urged Gill to stop as he is “insulting and defaming Punjabis”.
Some social media users defended Gill’s explanation by affirming that certain cuss words are used dually.
Proof from Punjabi Dictionary of what Shahbaz Gill said. Punjabi is such a diverse language which changes its dialect and words in almost every 30KM. Connotation are also changed in every dialect and that’s beauty of Punjabi.
Reference: Punjabi Classicy Lughat By Jameel Ahmad pic.twitter.com/uCwZ3B2JiA
— sadam cheema (@BreezeGeek) March 21, 2022
Last week, Gill came under fire after he called estranged lawmaker Ramesh Kumar a pimp on live television. When Gill questioned Kumar about his reservations about Prime Minister Imran Khan in a heated conversation, Gill called Kumar a “political pimp”.