Women’s harassment: PTI forms committee to investigate F-9 Park rally episode

Party's Sunday gathering was marred by incidents of alleged sexual harassment of women by male members

News Desk/Danish Hussain April 26, 2016
PTI's Sunday gathering was marred by incidents of alleged sexual harassment of women by male members. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has formed a four-member committee to probe into the issue of sexual harassment of party's women activists during the F-9 Park rally on Sunday.

“A committee has been directed to submit a comprehensive report over the matter within seven days,” said a statement issued by the party's central media department.

The committee is headed by PTI Information Secretary Naeemul Haq, while other members are Nafeesa Khattak, Col (retd) Younus Ali Raza and Talat Naqvi.

Women’s harassment: PTI chief orders probe into F-9 Park rally episode

According to the statement, videos and other forms of evidence would be made available to the committee to find individuals involved in the unpleasant episode during the rally.

Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan ordered a thorough probe into Sunday's incident.

While taking strong exception to “inappropriate behaviour and intimidation” of women activists, Imran said the PTI not only encouraged women in politics but also ensures their participation in its public gatherings.

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Party's Sunday gathering was marred by incidents of alleged sexual harassment of women by male members donning party caps and holding flags.

While Imran was addressing the gathering, a stampede-like situation was witnessed after activists forced their way into a women’s section by breaching a security cordon.

After breaking into the women enclosure, the activists were found fondling, groping and sexually harassing women after separating them from their families or friends. The harassment continued despite Imran's requests to refrain from the misdemeanour.

Imran Khan offers apology

Meanwhile, the PTI chairman offered his apology over the unpleasant incident.

“In Islamabad our crowds were too big and the space too small. In future we will ensure foolproof arrangements so nothing untoward happens,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Imran said he has set up a committee to probe the matter to punish the culprits involved in groping the female party’s members.

The PTI chief ensured the women of his party this would not happen again as strict measures will be taken to avert such situation.


Sceptic | 8 years ago | Reply Naeem ul Haq heading the committee is like asking a wolf to safeguard sheep. Naeem ul Haq is alleged to be the subject of several formal harassment complaints lodged by top PTI women leaders including Naz Baloch, Shireen Mazari and others. But what to do when Naeem happens to be the best buddy of Imran Khan and his partner in post-sunset activities.
Emjay | 8 years ago | Reply In PTI jalsas, women are molested. In MQM's jalsa, they are given sex education. Harassment abounds.
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