PTI female members face constant harassment within party: Ayesha Gulalai

Published: August 1, 2017
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Hours after leaving the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), MNA Ayesha Gulalai claimed on Tuesday that  women affiliated with the party faced constant harassment from within.

“It is my integrity that matters to me the most,” the MNA from South Waziristan told reporters. “I cannot compromise when it comes to my honour and dignity.”

She alleged that women working with the party received obscene text messages, and she could not put up with this any longer.

Taking a jibe at PTI chief Imran Khan, she said he suffered from “psychological problems” and “gets jealous of, people who are better than him.”

Gulalai refuted reports that she will be joining the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. “No matter what the charges against him, Nawaz Sharif knows how to respect women,” she said.

The lawmaker said the K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak acts like a mafia boss. “Khattak has nepotism in place, with his relatives being benefited.”

Gulalai clarified that she did not meet Imran for three hours, saying she met with him for just 15 minutes and, that too, with a delegation. “When I went to Imran and provided him evidence of Khattak’s corruption, he put all of it aside.”

Who will succeed Sharif? MPs decide today

Earlier, addressing a news conference, senior PTI leader Shireen Mazari said Aisha Gulalai had humiliated all members of the party, saying Imran Khan had done nothing wrong. She went on to add that “whoever wants to leave the party, may go ahead.”

A commotion was witnessed during the news conference as Mazari responded to a journalist saying “the PTI workers attend party’s public meetings to listen to Imran Khan, not to stare at women.”

The journalist had asked Mazari if the party’s supporters come to the gatherings to stare at other women activists there.

Earlier on Tuesday, the National Assembly elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the petroleum minister in Sharif’s cabinet, as the new PM after the Supreme Court deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif and disqualified him from holding a public office for hiding assets in his nomination papers for the 2013 general elections.

The parliamentary party of PML-N named Sharif’s younger brother, Shahbaz Sharif, as his successor over the weekend, but he must first enter parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by Sharif.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • faisal
    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:29PM

    Guys calm down, PMLN is getting stronger with every passing day.Recommend

  • Mona
    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:30PM

    Which is more important, a bruised ego or the common good of the citizens ?Recommend

  • ayaz
    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:34PM

    Great step by gulali I appreciate it. and PTI poor decision of selecting shaikh as PM. CandidateRecommend

  • Sean
    Aug 1, 2017 - 3:39PM

    She made big mistake and destroyed her futureRecommend

  • Adnan
    Aug 1, 2017 - 5:10PM

    people come and go …its normal in politics..Recommend

  • maheen.
    Aug 1, 2017 - 6:33PM

    she indirectly accused imran khan of sexual harrasment. it is very clear that she left thr party cus she couldn’t get a ticket from peshawar.
    I personally think that IK should drag her to the court and sue her for these false allegations.Recommend

  • UJ
    Aug 1, 2017 - 8:21PM

    @faisal:
    PML-N getting stronger is good news for Lahore, but bad news for the rest of Pakistan, if you know what I mean.Recommend

  • Raisani
    Aug 1, 2017 - 10:05PM

    If she’s so honorable then why didn’t she still quit the MNA seat. Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Aug 1, 2017 - 10:07PM

    PTI Boss Imran Khan cares the least about any complaint by party members, he only cares to keep the spot light on himself.Recommend

  • Iralan
    Aug 1, 2017 - 10:28PM

    Pml n. And pti both have good and not so good people
    Pti should show more maturity and more intellect which it Yet has to get .
    Gulla Lau may have a point here .
    Sensitivity of woman should always be kept in mind . It’s not London or NY . Recommend

  • Fariha
    Aug 1, 2017 - 10:42PM

    According to Ayesha Gulalai Captain has been sending obscene messages to her since 2013. Right? This baffles me that how can a sensible person remain loyal to a leader and represent his party who has been harrasing her for that long? person like me can only think of 2 possibilities. Either a rival party bought her loyalty for a hefty price tag or (most probably) she is being rejected a personal favour which captain couldn’t have granted due to his strict merit policies. Either way miss Gulalai is questionable. Imran Khan must sue her on defaming him.Recommend

  • Umar
    Aug 1, 2017 - 11:22PM

    Such shame that Imran Khans opponents can stoop this low.Recommend

  • Sadia Malik
    Aug 1, 2017 - 11:27PM

    Biggest shame for Imran khan. I have no words to condemn this man.
    I am a woman. I know that Ayesha Gulalai is 100% right. My prayers for my sister Ayesha.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 1, 2017 - 11:28PM

    The woman made a complete mess of her press conference….making baseless allegations and the wost was that she was constantly being openly prompted by two men from the sidelines. Recommend

  • Fatima
    Aug 1, 2017 - 11:54PM

    Salute to Ayesha Gulalai for showing courage and speaking the truth. If women are not safe and secure in PTI, the responsibility lies on top leadership of PTI. But biggest tragedy is this that Party Chairman himself is involved in all this. Shame.Recommend

  • Sheikh
    Aug 2, 2017 - 12:50AM

    Brainless followers of IK still defending him .Recommend

  • Nadir Sadiq
    Aug 2, 2017 - 12:54AM

    If it is true then Imran should solve the issue, but on the hindsight how come there are other lady members who are not crying foul and to make matters even more complicated MQM’s lady member just joined PTI ……hmmmmmmRecommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 2, 2017 - 2:58AM

    That’s called Imran Khan.Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 2, 2017 - 4:21AM

    @Fariha… humans have tendency to keep forgiving unless you cross limits. I hope this never happens to you and hope that there isn’t any other Fariha out there who tends to behave like you for a victim out there. Recommend

  • RA
    Aug 2, 2017 - 5:01AM

    Her allegations of sexual harassment against Imran Khan, and of corruption against Pervez Khattack cannot be dismissed outright by detractors. She is challenging that they should be investigated, so why not investigate, and find out if there is any truth to them? Recommend

  • saadzia
    Aug 2, 2017 - 9:01AM

    @UJ:
    bad news for establishmentRecommend

  • Shafaq
    Aug 2, 2017 - 9:37AM

    Why were she waiting for such a long time to come-up with such allegations? I think she must have showed all those text messages when she started getting those text messages. Anyway, …Recommend

  • Mona
    Aug 2, 2017 - 10:27AM

    paragraph 4 in the piece seems to resonate with what Reham said about IK. Whether it’s true or not is debatable ?Recommend

  • Ahmad
    Aug 2, 2017 - 10:38AM

    God Knows Other side of the Story But I am astonished to see how Our politicians praises a Party when they Join it, And Degrade the same when they leave. And its with everybody. They are all same. Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Aug 2, 2017 - 12:59PM

    @Ahmad:
    Easy come easy go, what’s the problem ?Recommend

  • Sara
    Aug 2, 2017 - 2:54PM

    She should share Imran Khan’s text messages to reveal his harassing nature towards women workers. Otherwise she will be continually blamed for maligning Imran and the PTI. Recommend

  • Usman
    Aug 2, 2017 - 9:55PM

    Cheap tricks in te form of personal from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s will no longer work!! The PMLN/JUI-F and to a degree the PPP seem to believe that people are stuck in the past. Welcome to 2017!!! Recommend

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