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

Published: 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

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.

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  • Jun 10, 2016 - 9:04PM

    I condemn Mullah Hamdullah’s actions.. but she (Marvi) shouldn’t have redirected his remarks towards his family, that just wasn’t appropriate coming from a human rights activist. Recommend

  • Jun 10, 2016 - 10:04PM

    Vast majority of these religious showboats are extremely insecure and illiterate, and fatally allergic to educated women !Recommend

  • salman
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:07PM

    What do you expect from PMLN and JUIF goons. No wonder these two parties are in coalition as they both believe in suppressing women. Recommend

  • zaheer
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:08PM

    The irony is that these so called religious leaders who don’t have manners of talking with women being invited regularly on tv shows. The mind set of these hypocrites is that they feel women of this country are slave of them and every thing against the fundamental rights of women is a westernization according their own thinking, one such case is the recently issued CII recommendations which allows the light beating of a women from their husbands. These mullahs need proper education before coming on tv and talk to women. Everyone know that we are living in male dominated society but it doesn’t mean that we deprive women from their fundamental rights specially from these illiterate leaders who think what they have said is right and who opposes or challenge them is against the Islam. I strongly condemn the incident and appeal to tv channels to be careful while inviting such people as they are intolerant, uncivilized and gender biased. Hafiz Hamdullah is a man who should be kept away from civilized forum as he lack decency and manners. I also appeal to all tv channels to immediately boycott him from any discussion program as he do not deserve respect. Shame on you Hafiz Hamdullah you are the real face of Taliban mindset of JUI-F. Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:12PM

    Now the media should show some grace and blackout Hafiz hamdullah forever. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:27PM

    @Hassaan Khalid:

    Read it again. She simply responded to what he started. It’s good that such incidents are becoming public, the recorded footage should be released – it will show these mullahs for what they are: backwards woman-hating beasts. We need to stop putting them on a pedestal and instead make examples out of these so-called religious leaders.Recommend

  • Point
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:47PM

    while this is all time low by any person and this guy must be legally called in by court for his extremely abusive behavior but we also need to see a video report of all that was being said to see it clearly if it was assault from only the man or the woman also assaulted verbally!!Recommend

  • OSD
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:49PM

    I’m wondering if this incident is covered by the light beating ruling..Recommend

  • iqbal
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:59PM

    marvi must have told about the reason of the spat. rights activists often have hidden character behind rights name. 100% of them are so called educated and more often than not they are un islamic and west influenced. they have their own interests. so not surprised by mullah. marvi must have done extremely wrong to heat up the mullah. shame on marviRecommend

  • Salman
    Jun 10, 2016 - 11:43PM

    its a lie, she is making false claims. They both assaulted each other and she lead the charge if anything. Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Jun 11, 2016 - 1:08AM

    JUI is a curse on this country. Having said that Marvi Sirmed does not have good credentials. Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 11, 2016 - 1:45AM

    He is a Hafiz and does not know the meaning what the GOD ALL MIGHTY wanted to inculcate into the minds of humans of any faith. JUI F consists of such brains having no tolerance.He should be debarred from addressing any public or religious gatherings. Moulana Fazal ur Rehman should give his instance on this ugliest behaviorRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 11, 2016 - 1:49AM

    I hate these illiterate and semi-literate Mullahs from day one.

    They are only good in cheating people of Pakistan in the name of Islam.

    I don’t know why they have been given respect in the society which they don’t deserve.

    These double standard Mullahs are ugly scars on the face of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

    They are the ones who kidnap youngsters, wash their brains and make the kidnapped innocent children to explode with the vests at every nook and corner of Pakistan.

    If 100 Mullahs who sodomise children at Madaressahs are hanged till death, the rest of the Mullahs will definitely learn a lesson and will never utter such indecent words against the women.Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2016 - 2:38AM

    Marvi looks like she has no education on how to communicate, she is using loud and aggressive speech, not to mention abusive one, it is sad that the media is unable or unwilling to criticize her for her very indecent show. it would have been better if the Maulana would have silently left the show after clarifying his position on the program. these shows have only one objective to gain popularity. it is unfortunate that Pakistanis are being led in such a wrong direction by the media.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jun 11, 2016 - 2:49AM


    its a lie, she is making false claims. They both assaulted each other and she lead the charge if anything.

    Watch the video, she only responded to his badmashi.Recommend

  • Montague
    Jun 11, 2016 - 3:14AM

    Hafiz Hamdullah showing his true colours. How dare a woman say that to me although he didn’t react when the same was said by barrister Masroor.Recommend

  • siesmann
    Jun 11, 2016 - 3:18AM

    Mullah is the lowest creature that God ever created.By behaving like animals they prove Darwin right.They are the “missing link”.
    I know,off course,that my comment would not be posted,as always.Recommend

  • Voiceless Pakistani
    Jun 11, 2016 - 4:18AM

    Yes watched that show.

    The animal did appear

    swooping on the lady.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jun 11, 2016 - 6:00AM

    I blame TV channel 100% for this out burst, Law for women has been detailed in the Sura Nasa. There should be no amendments.If women feel that those laws were suitable in 6th century and now we are living in 21st century. Islam allows this upgrading under IJTAMA. Fallow the correct Path. These women are the mothers of your next generation.Treat them well and respect them.Recommend

  • kfaisal
    Jun 11, 2016 - 6:05AM

    She should file a police case if she feels she was assaulted. Recommend

  • Aleem
    Jun 11, 2016 - 6:25AM

    I have to say that while threats of physical violence are uncalled for entirely, however Marvi Sarmad was very aggressive and rude as well. This could have been handled in a more dignified manner but both the JUI chap and Marvi were going at each other as if this was a brawl on the street. No tact or manners on either side. I will give the benefit of the doubt to Marvi here because the JUI fellow was the one who started it all, but was kind of putt off by the jahalath shown by both sides.Recommend

    Jun 11, 2016 - 6:57AM

    @kfaisal: In order to file a police case she has to go to a police station……..which is a very unsafe place for a woman in Pakistan…… Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 11, 2016 - 8:11AM

    Why just him. There are several so called “expert analysts” who come on talk shows like this and create a fight. Go on YouTube and search for Pakistani panelists fighting on talk shows. It’s a Pakistani culture. Recommend

  • Anwar
    Jun 11, 2016 - 8:13AM

    It’s not about this one particular person to have verbally and almost physically assaulted an erudite activist. It’s more about a mindset historically prevalent in our society but now becoming more transparent which represents an across the board lack of respect for the opposite sex. Now it’s for the media to boycott not just this ignorant shithead but JUI as a whole until they expel him from their ranks.Recommend

  • Bhatti
    Jun 11, 2016 - 8:39AM

    Being totally neutral…. I honestly believe, Lady was more at fault than Hamdullah. They both assaulted each other.Recommend

  • Farooq
    Jun 11, 2016 - 9:41AM

    hahahaha…why am i not surprisedRecommend

  • Mirza Asif Baig
    Jun 11, 2016 - 11:23AM

    Producer must be very happy on “Rating Boost” Recommend

  • shah Khalid
    Jun 11, 2016 - 11:31AM

    All the social media experts are gona start supporting this social and human rights expertRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 11, 2016 - 1:10PM

    I honestly believe, Lady was more at fault than Hamdullah. They both assaulted each other.Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2016 - 3:24PM

    Let’s call a spade a spade, it was Marvi who started the abuse. The only reason she is called to these shows is because of her filthy language and ugly demeanor.
    Hamdullah did not even return 50% of what was hurled at him by Marvi. These shows are just another form of entertainment for the TV junkies and nothing constructive comes out of these shows.Recommend

  • Razi Mallick
    Jun 11, 2016 - 3:37PM

    I have seen the entire recorded talk show. Mr. Masroor was the first person to speak and he started with derogatory remarks about Maulana Sheerani which gave me bad taste. This enraged Hafiz Hamidullah and his response was also disgusting. Marvi Sarmad added fuel to the fire. All are educated, but all behaved inappropriately which is sad. I have not seen the footage of assault. If that happened then Mr. Hamidullah should be brought to justice and the court is the only place to do this. Without seeing the footage I do not think this is justified to pass any judgment. This is responsibility of the channel management to release the footage to the public and subsequently in the court of law.
    We should think why these types of uncivil behavior we are watching for a long time. This is not the only episode. We have been seeing these types of behavior for at least two years starting from the container. If we go back in the past the same thing happened with Benazir Bhutto. Being a woman she was targeted and Shaikh Rasheed was spearheading the campaign at that time. If we go further down the history different political persons were being given name like mouse, double barrel khan and others. I myself heard very abusive language live from the Mochi gate jalsa. And he was no less than the most powerful Prime Minister of Pakistan at that time who was threatening to fix his every opponent. I mean Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
    We should think very cool headed why it is happening and when we as a nation will behave in a civilized manner. Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jun 11, 2016 - 3:48PM


    Being totally neutral…. I honestly believe, Lady was more at fault than Hamdullah. They both assaulted each other

    Yes if a lady stands up for her rights its got to be her fault even though its him who started it.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jun 11, 2016 - 4:36PM

    @shah Khalid:

    All the social media experts are gona start supporting this social and human rights expert

    Why aren’t you? Are human rights not important? Recommend

  • Jun 11, 2016 - 5:21PM

    Who is Marvi Sirmed? I don’t know exactly, this was said by the Chairman of the Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik but this I know that she is a columnist and human rights activist and Islam preaches us to respect women but surprisingly a religious scholar and a Senator Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F sexually assaulted Marvi on live TV show by saying her “tumhaari shalwaar utaar dooN ga aur tumhaari maaN ki bhi”.

    These remarks are highly uncalled for, uncivilized and not justified either by the Senator Hafiz Hamdullah himself or by any of his supporter for what so ever reasons may be.

    The best thing is that Senator Hafiz Hamdullah, who is a religious person and even otherwise, he never misbehaved with anyone on TV Talk shows may now kindly apologies to Marvi Sirmed for the remarks “tumhaari shalwaar utaar dooN ga aur tumhaari maaN ki bhi” says the Communist Party of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 11, 2016 - 7:09PM

    May be he thinks he cant abuse that much with his tounge like marvi sarmad also a (jahil) so he attacked her Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jun 11, 2016 - 9:37PM

    He is a religious scholar plus senetor of Pakistan. Madrasa gave him degree of religion but didnot taught morality. If religion and law is in the hands of these taliban type people u can think where they will take our country. Secondly women should come in sattar so that so called religious scholars may not criticise our women. Recommend

  • Mehran
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:42AM

    @Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik:
    I think that apart from that maulana’s eye sight being weak (Marvi wears Sari), his mental faculties are also weak.Recommend

  • Blue Fragrance
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:58AM

    Politics is a dirty game all over the world.No matter if you are a man or a woman,if you are a politician then you have to play dirty.Recommend

  • Khalid Ali
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:39AM

    Can any muslim be in favour of homosexuality? This Lady is stong supporter of homosexualityRecommend

  • Khalid Ali
    Jun 12, 2016 - 4:46AM

    I have watched the show. She deleb
    eratelty Ignited maulana and absused him first.Recommend

  • brar
    Jun 12, 2016 - 7:40AM

    @Bhatti: Bhatti Sahib watch it again carefully she remained very calm but Mulla was acting as a Don and tried to gag her she responded in the same way, he did not uttered a single world when Barrister Sahib were speaking and I have also this man behaving like a Don in an other TV show, Marvi is a educated and mannered but the Mulla behave in this manner even during pavitter month of Ramazan.Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jun 12, 2016 - 12:16PM

    The program’s producer must be kicked out and this JUI F idiot must be banned from media. Programs hostess Nadia should also be sacked. TV ONE is a disgrace to media.Recommend

  • Beelzebub
    Jun 12, 2016 - 1:34PM

    Hamdullah sounds like an uncouth character who has no respect for women. Men need to rebuke uncouth and uncultured tools like Hamdullah for their disrespectful behavior towards women. I would tear a man from limb to limb if he disrespected my wife, sister, daughter or mother the way Marvi Sirmed was disrespected. I cannot believe some people are actually defending this tool. Recommend

    Jun 12, 2016 - 1:40PM

    @Khalid Ali:
    SO WHAT???Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Jun 12, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Depicts the overall face of a nation.Recommend

  • Muhammad Hassan Yousuf
    Jun 13, 2016 - 1:22PM

    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. Recommend

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