Ruckus in NA as defence minister calls Shireen Mazari 'tractor trolley'

Published: June 8, 2016
A file photo of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. PHOTO: REUTERS

Lawmakers in the National Assembly lashed out on Defence Minister Khawaja Asif as he hurled unpleasant comments towards Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari, during the session on Wednesday.

Targeting the PTI leader, Asif pointed towards Mazari and said, “Someone make this tractor trolley keep quiet” when she and other lawmakers protested to his speech on loadshedding during Ramazan.

However, the minister did not stop there and also took the opportunity to comment on her ‘manly voice’.

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“It will be better if you first transform your masculine voice into a more feminine one,” Asif told Mazari during a water and power discussion in NA.

Speaking to Express News, Mazari said, “It seems as if Khawaja Asif comes into the National Assembly with only one motive these days and that is to target PTI.”

However, the PTI leader said the party will not keep quiet. “Being a minister, he should know how to speak to women, but sadly he doesn’t. I choose to ignore such people,” disappointed in her fellow lawmaker, Mazari said.

“An ill-mannered person is government’s minister. Khawaja Asif lacks morals and ethics,” she added.

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Not only did Asif’s comments create chaos in the NA session, but people from across the country took to Twitter to disapprove of his behaviour.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 8, 2016 - 3:18PM

    Maybe he is taking lessons from Donald Trump.Recommend

  • abdullah k
    Jun 8, 2016 - 3:26PM

    We call him immature.what about imran when he does this from the containers and makes fun of every one.its time now.pti will have to reap what they have been sowing from the last 3 years.Recommend

  • JB
    Jun 8, 2016 - 3:27PM

    Shame! And these are our ‘leaders’. Shame Shame shameRecommend

  • ashfaq11
    Jun 8, 2016 - 3:29PM

    grow thick skin if you want to be in politics. Insults are thrown even in Australian parliament. He shouldn’t have been sexist thought. Tracker trolley comment is fair enufRecommend

  • Imraniat
    Jun 8, 2016 - 3:36PM

    Now say “diesel“. As you sow so shall you reap. Or what goes around comes around meaningRecommend

  • HSK
    Jun 8, 2016 - 3:59PM

    Whats with this hue and cry? He’s a well-known Sialkoti thug/gangster which is well known across Punjab. No need to drop your jaws to ground in disbelief, he’ll go to an unthinkable level of shallowness if not stopped. That’s your true essence of democracy, ladies and gentlemen. Give NA tickets to anyone with whom you are pleased and voila; next day he’s your defense minister for a nuclear powered army. If it were to me, I would think twice even for considering him for a peon position, given the the qualifications and professionalism these goons bring with themselves.Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Jun 8, 2016 - 4:13PM

    IK is the king of insults. Now take this. His comments about nawaz sharif’s kids giving him heart attack was really insensitive. He gets personal at every opportunity against nawaz sharif. What goes around comes around.Recommend

  • z
    Jun 8, 2016 - 4:15PM

    I am a PMLN supporter. But this is totally unacceptable. Khawaja Asif should apologies. No one got right to use such derogatory words at all.Recommend

  • Mastishhk
    Jun 8, 2016 - 4:33PM

    Bad choice of words…This lawmaker shouldn’t have insulted tractor trolleys.Recommend

  • Proud to be Muslim
    Jun 8, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Apart from all the fuss, i think the nickname perfectly matches her personality (Y)Recommend

  • PakPower
    Jun 8, 2016 - 5:25PM

    Everyone here saying Imran started throwing insults first, they should understand that he has never used the floor of the NA Assembly for that. His speeches in the parliament are some of the most parliamentary and decorum-centric ever. And Khwaja is undoubtedly on the other side of the spectrum when it comes to that.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Jun 8, 2016 - 5:29PM

    He is trying to follow CII advice and thinks every women requires berating Recommend

  • khan
    Jun 8, 2016 - 5:47PM

    He should be punished for insulting Tractor and Trolley. Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Jun 8, 2016 - 6:44PM

    This outburst says a lot about his class and caliber. People like him should never rise above the level of mohalla committee.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jun 8, 2016 - 7:35PM

    Fate of this country. Keep at it, you people will never learn manners. I can imagine these commentators agreeing with this person facing similar issues in their family too. No respect for women at all.Recommend

  • Insider
    Jun 8, 2016 - 8:15PM

    That’s a solid proof he is from Sialkot !! Recommend

  • manpreet
    Jun 8, 2016 - 9:22PM

    K Asif ( not the great indian film director) is very unscientific. he is talking about one lady,how can one lady be both tractor and trolley.She can be called either tractor or trolley>Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 9, 2016 - 1:39AM

    Highly deplorable , sexist remarks , typical Punjabi machism. Shame for the house.Recommend

  • Hira
    Jun 9, 2016 - 3:09AM

    Those who are taking this lightly saying sucheck sick things like “it matches her personality”, “how can she be both” saying what come a around goes around, should be ashamed of themselves. This is an educated ELECTED woman representing her seat. The woman can move anywhere in the world but she chose to stay here. Have some sense. She’s a Pakistani and if this is how men behave just because they arnt their own mothers and sisters then drown urself in the gutterRecommend

  • nasser
    Jun 9, 2016 - 3:31AM

    @abdullah k:
    With leaders like kh.asif and followers like you, Pakistan doesnt need an outside enemy to take it back to stone age.Recommend

  • Truth
    Jun 9, 2016 - 3:41AM

    Irrespective of what our political affiliations are. I still believe we must at least show some respect tor a lady! None of us here would like such comments for our mothers and sisters.Recommend

  • Bad experience
    Jun 9, 2016 - 4:00AM

    Around 2005, Shirin Mazari kept me waiting for three hours or so for an appointment she gave for considering me for a job at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad; but she did not honor her commitment. I had traveled from Karachi to Islamabad and the appointment was in reference to my CV, which she had received much in advance.
    I just took the experience in a stride. I was no Khawaja Asif to make any comments, whatsoever.
    However, Khawaja Sahib should have been careful with his language to preserve his own dignity.Recommend

  • muzammil ullah khan
    Jun 9, 2016 - 4:03AM

    He is simply a gutter snipe .Recommend

  • Grammar
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:11AM

    He meant “tractor” as an adjective, whereas the “trolley” was used as a noun.Recommend

  • RK
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:25AM

    Disgusting. The voice comment went way too far. Calling her a tractor is odd, but not sexist at least.Recommend

  • RK
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:26AM

    Making excuses for sexism is unacceptable.Recommend

  • dengue bradraan
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:27AM

    Seems like the PTI likes verbal abuse one-way only.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Jun 9, 2016 - 5:42AM

    PML N must be remove him from his post. He is not capable for this ministery
    All PML N law makers are same they have manners shame on you K Asif you are the worst part of Pakistan corrupt politicians PML NRecommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 9, 2016 - 6:08AM

    This is standard and character of P L M N minster. What a political party ? Who can go so low.
    He must be used to use Same language to his mother ,sisters ,daughters and wife. Only Allah can save Pakistan.Recommend

  • Humza
    Jun 9, 2016 - 6:34AM

    Wake up people. Take a look at politics all over the world where all manner of things are said and people have to eat their words daily, especially in Western politics. Problem in Pakistan is some people think Imran Khan or Altaf Bhai are allowed to use foul language and no one else.Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Jun 9, 2016 - 10:26PM

    I don’t understand why insafians are crying.
    If you want to measure someones rudeness , look no further than the “high” standards of IK.
    After all he has never insulted someone , has never gotten personal and maintains a high level of respect for his enemies.Recommend

  • Did he
    Jun 10, 2016 - 8:18AM

    Did Asif mean that SM follows IK like a trolley follows a tractor?Recommend

  • Accept Apology
    Jun 11, 2016 - 2:28AM

    Ms. Mazari should accept the apology as it is as any rigidification would only result in her frustration.Recommend

  • Inappropriate
    Jun 11, 2016 - 2:36AM

    “… then drown urself in the gutter” You were protesting against inappropriate language and comments, yet you used inappropriate language yourself.
    You say: “This is an educated ELECTED woman representing her seat.” I had always imagined that she was representing those who elected her, not “…her seat.”Recommend

  • No
    Jun 11, 2016 - 3:36AM

    @Did he:
    No. How could he call a bulldozer, a tractor?Recommend

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