Marvi achieves a historic first

Published: June 23, 2011
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Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Marvi Memon was arrested by Ghotki Police for staging a sit-in on the National Highway on Wednesday. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Marvi Memon was arrested by Ghotki Police for staging a sit-in on the National Highway on Wednesday. PHOTO: FILE

Most journalists are seldom seen in the press gallery during early hours of the National Assembly proceedings. Things appeared strikingly different on Wednesday. An unusual crowd of reporters took their seats at the outset. None of them, it seemed, wanted to miss ‘the noisy scene,’ the PML-N legislators were expected to make while abusing the privilege of speaking on a point of order.

The surge of ‘retaliatory speeches’ from the PMLN stalwarts was almost taken for granted in view of a lethal speech that President Zardari had delivered late Tuesday night. But to the utter disappointment of most of us the PML-N benches remained palpably restrained all through. But I have it from reliable sources that early Wednesday morning, Nawaz Sharif, made lengthy calls to friends. The sane-majority advised him not to react in haste.

These saner elements persuaded the PML-N leader to personally instruct his star legislators not to react to Zardari’s speech during the assembly proceedings. Still, the PML-N unease was conveyed to the right quarters at the right time as Syed Khurshid Shah was politely informed that the PML-N MNAs would not be attending the dinner he was to host at his residence after the passage of the Finance Bill on Wednesday.

Fairly late in the afternoon, a written statement was finally issued by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to bring the PML-N reaction on record. And Khawaja Saad Rafique also reacted to Zardari’s speech during concluding hours of proceedings while speaking on Marvi Memon‘s resignation from the PML-Q and parliament.

Mian Sahib, my sources insist, will still not want to get into one-on-one mudslinging with President Zardari. Let’s see for how long he can keep his cool.

There were a couple of more surprises in store for us besides the extraordinary restraint shown by the PMLN benches. A sitting minister made a laughing stock of himself by his pathetic antics and a politically driven, talented and articulate Marvi Memon, put to shame many of her ‘lota-minded’ colleagues by her brave move.

I have to confess that the incurable cynic in me did often question the revolutionary posturing that Marvi was resorting to of late. Her entry on our political scene under the patronage of General Musharraf was the sole cause of my bias. But perhaps it’s time to admit that a person interested in politics in this country just cannot avoid the praetorian route to reach his/he goal. But in the end Marvi achieved a historic first of some kind.

Many like her continue to sit without any qualms in this assembly on women’s benches of the same party. In private meetings, they loudly condemn the Chaudhrys for joining the PPP-led coalition, but don’t seem willing to sacrifice the perks and privileges of legislators by resigning from an allotted seat. Marvi deserves a hearty applause in this context. It is a different matter that rumors of her joining Imran Khan’s PTI are forcing me to predict a short-lived glory for her.

Compared to her dramatic announcement of resigning from the assembly, the show put up by a sitting minister, Akram Gill, seemed pathetically absurd. Along with three other minority members, he staged a protest picket, right in front of the speaker’s dais. The purpose was to express resentment over the decision of winding up the federal ministry of minority affairs as after the passage of the 18th amendment, minority affairs has become provincial subject.

Gill and his comrades claimed that during more than a year-long discussions and proceedings for passage of the said amendment, they were given assurances that the said ministry would not be touched. Without realising that they have missed the right opportunity to protest, the minister opted to put up a show, when the government was rushing to get the budget passed. Little wonder, the prime minister was seen, for the first time in public, to rudely tell Gill that he would sack him, if he did not return to his seat. Instead of resigning there and then the minister obeyed the order like a soulless robot. His love for an assembly seat and the ministerial berth amused many in the press gallery. But I for one was not amused.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Dr Kamran Baluch
    Jun 23, 2011 - 10:33AM

    She might join PTI and her father might join APML and then they can bring Musharraf and Imran Khan closer. Recommend

  • Noor
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Great decision!

    I’m also surprised that 80% of the Parliamentarians spend their entire tenure of Parliament without even speaking a word. They behave as fillers of seats, for their BIG Fish type leaders.

    Even if she and few other likes joins PTI, it may give some better political standing to PTI.

    Afterall, even if you & me have never voted for PTI, we still acknowledge that Imran Khan is the only notable on the Political screen who has no assets outside the country & has no lust or greed for his personal self.

    Lets hope n pray the best for our country.Recommend

  • Enraged
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:34AM

    She should join PTI . . . . Recommend

  • Qasim Ahmad Ilyas
    Jun 23, 2011 - 11:51AM

    Marvi Memon has taken a bright step against Party Head’s Dictatorship . I admire more than she deserves.Recommend

  • yaz
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:03PM

    Her march to glory will only begin when she joins PTI. Things are changing rapidly Mr Nusrat Javeed & you are not keeping up with them.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:43PM

    Well done to marvi … and secondly where she goes from now will perhaps disappoint Nusrat … she cant keep everyone happy Recommend

  • All BS
    Jun 23, 2011 - 1:28PM

    Marvi has shown backbone, something that all other 1000 parliamentarians lack. But good jibe by Nusrat Javed on her joining PTI, always enjoy your skeptisim……..

    But please do look at the latest PEW polls to see which party is emerging as the most popular party in Pakistan Recommend

  • buttjee
    Jun 23, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Marvi has set a good example which must be appreciated. I always use to wonder about her association with Q league because in my opinion she was a firebrand, educated and straight forward politician perhaps having no inclination towards corruption. Whereas the Chaudharies, who are running the Q league as their own private limited company, are there in politics for all together different reasons. Just look at the fate of Moonis Elahi corruption case which had been unearthed by one of the most honest officer of FIA and is now being hushed with the over extended cooperation of all the corrupt elements in the Government. I have lot of hopes from Marvi. Which ever party she ultimately may decide to join, my advice to her will be to remain steadfast against injustice, corruption and nepotism. Recommend

  • Saleem Khan
    Jun 23, 2011 - 3:43PM

    These extra or special seats for women in Parliament is straight forward load on public. I appreciate MARVI MEMON on taking stance and resigning from parliament and PMLQ. PTI won’t be a right choice for her because PTI itself is confused party. MARVI MEMON should mobolize masses and bring awareness in public that please select right people to rule.

    She is quite active and MashAllah one of very few politicians, who is using technology for spreading awareness. I have seen her many pictures and blogs where she even stayed in very poor people home. Eat with them etc etc.

    Many can argue that she is doing it all for Politics…but dear how many are doing in our society. I like her interaction with lower class…atleast she is knowing some very basic problems of poor majority. Good luck MARVI MEMON!Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jun 23, 2011 - 4:02PM

    you were biased cause she was with musharraf, the glory is short livedcause she will join PTI…come on dude dont tell me you want her to join Jiye Sindh Qoumi Mahaaz!Recommend

  • chengez k
    Jun 23, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Nawaz Sharif is even better than Marvi…..

    He is not in the National Assembly & yet not ready to leave Punjab government.Recommend

  • Syed
    Jun 23, 2011 - 7:15PM

    MARVI MEMON was the only true representative of the public, the rest of them are opportunist. This parliament with its members deserves to be blown out of existence Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jun 23, 2011 - 8:13PM

    Don’t give up Marvi, We are with you.Recommend

  • Waqas ur Rahman
    Jun 23, 2011 - 9:10PM

    It is a different matter that rumors of her joining Imran Khan’s PTI are forcing me to predict a short-lived glory for her.

    This is where Journalism Ends and Personal opinion jumps in.

    I had great respect for Nusrat Javed and Despite being an Imran Khan fan/voter, I understand when he says Imran needs to learn politics and criticizes him for his stance on Terrorism.

    But when Terminologies like Taliban Khan take place instead of Point of Views, It murders Journalist soul.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    Jun 24, 2011 - 9:55AM

    Good personality, good decision, and good guidance from the seniors(judged after reading the resignation text), for a prosperous political career. But my humble advice, leave this career. Benazeer Bhutto was a woman, though she choose politics as a career but remained a woman, and failed in the both status at the end.Recommend

  • Jun 25, 2011 - 2:31AM

    She is a principled woman,
    never seen woman political leader
    in the Pakistani politics.Recommend

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