JUI-F leader allegedly assaults woman rights activist on TV show

Marvi Sirmed says Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F abused and tried beating her

News Desk June 10, 2016
Columnist and rights activist Marvi Sirmad is seen sitting on the left during a private TV show in this Twitter photo of February 28. PHOTO: TWITTER/marvisirmed

Human rights activist Marvi Sirmed was allegedly assaulted by a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader during the recording of a TV show at a private news channel on Friday.

“I have just undergone a very traumatic experience at a News One programme [Nadia Mirza Show] when Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F got angry,” the woman activist tweeted.


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Describing the incident, Sirmed said: “On a comment by Barrister Masroor. On my turn, I started by saying ‘I agree with Masroor sahib to the extent that’ and here Hamdullah went on and on with his rudeness.”

But, according to the columnist, when she responded to Hafiz Hamdullah in the same manner, he vent out his outrage at her by using abusive remarks and even called her a “whore”.

Hafiz Hamdullah. PHOTO: FILE

And sadly it all did not end here, Sirmed claimed, as the JUI-F leader tried to beat her on camera. However, PTI leader Fayazul Hassan Chauhan, who was also present during the recording, saved her from the “punches” of the infuriated lawmaker.

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Later, the JUI-F leader was taken away by the private TV security, said Sirmed.

The incident comes just two days after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif hurled unpleasant comments towards Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari during a National Assembly session on Wednesday.

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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’.

“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 the lower house of parliament.


Muhammad Hassan Yousuf | 5 years ago | Reply Both parties showed utter immaturity while being on air. The Hafiz sahab did interrupt her, but getting egotistical on how dare he spoke on my turn and getting aggressive and loud wasn't civil either on part of the lady. Bringing controversial figures on talk shows is now a tool for better ratings by our TV channels. All we see on news channels is PURE negativity about Pakistan because it sells. There is so much good that can also be shared, but money is all that matters at the end of the day.
Zubair Khan | 5 years ago | Reply Depicts the overall face of a nation.
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