Aseefa Bhutto demands apology from Khurshid Shah over sexist remarks

Published: April 13, 2017

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aseefa Bhutto has demanded Opposition Leader Khurshid Shah to tender an apology over his “sexist remarks” made in the National Assembly on Thursday.

Earlier today, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq told women in the House to “keep quiet or go outside the assembly if they wanted to continue talking.”

At this, the veteran PPP leader asked Sadiq not to restrain “women from talking or else they will fall ill.” He went on to add that “barring women from talking in the House would create trouble for us men in the home.” The members in the assembly then laughed at the remarks made by Shah.

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Demanding an apology from her own party’s leader, Aseefa said, “Far too many times this has happened. Insensitive remarks against women in politics have reoccurred in Parliament.”

She added, “Such remarks should not be tolerated. Hope Khurshid Shah respectfully apologises.”

“If Parliament is a model of our society and if our parliament continues to make derogatory remarks against women. It reflects on us,” noted former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s daughter.

Later, Shah told journalists outside Parliament he had made the remarks about women in the assembly “in a light mood.”

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On January 20, PPP minister Imdad Pitafi caused a ruckus in Sindh Assembly when he resorted to derogatory remarks against Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) MPA Nusrat Seher Abbasi.

In a similar incident in June last year, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif called Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari “tractor trolley.”

Targeting the PTI leader, Asif had pointed towards Mazari and said, “Someone get this tractor-trolley to keep quiet,” inviting a storm of criticism from the fellow lawmakers.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Zalmay Khan
    Apr 13, 2017 - 4:51PM

    Lets see if a veteran politician takes dictation from a child with no political experienceRecommend

  • AK
    Apr 13, 2017 - 5:27PM

    Well said, Benazir’s daughter. This is the way to quash Pakistani male chauvinism. And do not stop till a public apology is tendered.Recommend

  • Arman
    Apr 13, 2017 - 6:03PM

    thats the daughter of benazir’s hope she will make some role and forward her mother missionRecommend

  • AK
    Apr 13, 2017 - 6:14PM

    Maybe KS forgot that he is only the leader of the opposition in the Parliament and NOT the leader of the opposition to Pakistani women.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Apr 13, 2017 - 10:05PM

    I’m glad this happened….because it shows the true face of our political leaders.Recommend

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