Hypocrisy and crippling prejudices run in Imran Khan’s family. Last month, the PTI chief’s nephew Hassan Niazi, who is studying international human rights law at City University London, hurled homophobic hate at Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the urbane 25-year-old patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Peoples Party. Niazi, tweeting a shot at Zardari’s Sindh Festival, called him “worse than a faggot.” He also posted: “I think faggot he won’t mind so it’s fine.” The posts cost him the student union election, and got him the attention of The Guardian this month. Niazi told the paper “faggot” had been taken out of context and apologized “if my tweet offended anyone.” Crying conspiracy, he complained: “During the [student] election campaign I was victimized, initially by being labeled as anti-Semitic, then homophobic and also as a racist.” Niazi, who is also a founding member of the PTI’s Insaf Student Federation, said he lost the election unfairly—by “two votes”—and vowed to “respond to injustice.” Uncle couldn’t be prouder.
From our March 22, 2014, issue.