The slap: I am ashamed to be an MPA, says PML-F woman

Published: March 1, 2012

Her stinging words came in response to a slap that a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Waheeda Shah Bukhari administered to a polling agent. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: I should have come with a helmet on to this assembly session, remarked MPA Marvi Rashdi. “I am ashamed to call myself an MPA.”

Her stinging words came in response to a slap that a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) member Waheeda Shah Bukhari administered to a polling agent during the by-election in Tando Mohammad Khan a day earlier. Bukhari was elected an MPA but there has been an outcry over her outbreak of violence.

The slap was caught on television and broadcast across the country.

Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza interrupted Rashdi to say that the case has gone to court and an inquiry has been initiated. “You cannot further comment on the issue,” Raza said while signalling to the assembly’s staff to switch off Rashdi’s microphone. A few PPP MPAs stood up to defend their party’s MPA, but they did not get permission to speak. Muttahida Qaumi Movement MPA Faisal Subzwari said that this kind of thing should be stopped.

Tribute to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The house unanimously adopted a resolution paying tribute to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for winning an Oscar award for her documentary “Saving Face”. In their resolution they said that the documentary has not only created awareness about this heinous menace, but has won Pakistan its first Oscar Award.

They said that the prime minister has announced the highest civil award for her, but they emphasised that the Sindh government should give her a reception upon her return to Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 1st, 2012.

Reader Comments (8)

  • Shakky
    Mar 1, 2012 - 4:05AM

    Waheeda Bukhari should apologize and then step down – that would be the normal thing to do in any other country. Since it is highly unlikely that she will step down voluntarily, she should be censured and then stripped of her office. Her behavior was reprehensible. In this particular instance, the Supreme Court did the right thing by stepping into the matter. I watched the video and felt very sorry for the poor lady who was crying after being slapped by this woman.

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  • Amjad
    Mar 1, 2012 - 5:21AM

    Waheeda Bukhari who administered the slap should be charged with assault and jailed to send a message that such loutish behaviour will not be tolerated.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:11AM

    Created awareness? created awareness!?! Were you ignorant of this fact till it went international?!!

    Just how stupid and ignorant are these people anyway??

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  • Justice
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:20AM

    Just disqualify to her from MPA seat.

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  • Solomon
    Mar 1, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Isnt it better first to find out why she slapped her?

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  • Parvez
    Mar 1, 2012 - 2:24PM

    The Dy.speaker Shehla Reza’s action clearly said it all – we look after our own.
    It makes sense because if you do not, tomorrow ‘ your own ‘ will come after you and then what will you do.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Mar 1, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Waheeda Bukhari should be prosecuted for the criminal offense of assault and if found guilty, given maximum punishment allowed under the law. As a convict, she will not be bale to hold or seek any public position. I support Ms. Rashdi’s point of view. I urge Ms. Rashdi and others — from all walks of life and political parties — not to let this issue die without the due process taking its course. It’s also a challenge for the newly-liberated Election Commission of Pakistan. ECP must not take pressure from the PPP to let the matter go; otherwise, people of Pakistan will lose faith in it.
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • shar
    Mar 1, 2012 - 11:52PM

    shamless ppp mpas showing support for a thug soon they will cry victimisation and say she is a ppp martyr

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