Disqualified: Slap costs Waheeda Shah seat, next elections

Published: March 7, 2012
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Waheeda Shah had assaulted a polling staffer during last month’s by-elections in Tando Mohammad Khan. PHOTO: FILE/EXPRESS TRIBUNE

Waheeda Shah had assaulted a polling staffer during last month’s by-elections in Tando Mohammad Khan. PHOTO: FILE/EXPRESS TRIBUNE

ISLAMABAD: An apology and 25,000 thumb impressions could not save Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) candidate Waheeda Shah, who on Wednesday was disqualified by election authorities for slapping polling officials during last month’s by-polls.

Her party, however, appeared unconvinced, and expressed concern over the decision.

In its verdict announced on Wednesday, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) imposed a two-year ban on Shah from taking part in elections and nullified the result of a by-poll that took place for a Sindh provincial assembly seat PS-53.

The incident, recorded on camera, took place at a polling station in Tando Mohammad Khan.

The ECP also asked the inspector-general police Sindh to take action against DSP Irfan Shah who was present with the candidate when the incident took place.

Three jury members voted in favour of the verdict, while two opposed it, said Mohammad Afzal Khan, spokesperson for the election commissioner after the announcement of the verdict.

Three commission members from Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan voted in favour while the member from Sindh and the chief election commissioner, Justice (retd) Hamid Ali Mirza voted against it.

Shah has the right to appeal and the order can be challenged in the Supreme Court, an ECP official said.

Support from the party

Support poured in from the party’s provincial leadership and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that PPP voters have expressed concern over the election commission’s decision.

“We have not yet decided what to do about it, but will consult with constitutional expert if the decision can be challenged in the apex court,” he said at a reception in Karachi.

Shah said the government and the party respects institutions, but two different punishments could not be awarded for a single “offence”.

“We will not take a step which challenges the authority of the election [commission],” he said.

The chief minister was seconded by Sindh Minister for Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durrani who said that Shah had “only slapped the staff.”

Even though [Shah’s] actions are wrong, the law should also apply to all other offenders who had used violence in polling stations during elections, Durrani said.

The party leadership in Islamabad, however, was less sympathetic.

“It was a legal issue and the ECP has already awarded punishment to Mrs. Shah,” said PPP information secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira while talking to The Express Tribune.

“The incident is embarrassing for the party and we do not support this attitude,” he added.

Would the party take disciplinary action against her? “Shah was not an office bearer of the party and has already been punished … that [punishment] is enough,” Kaira said.

Shah was contesting for a seat that fell vacant after the death of her husband, Syed Mohsin Shah Bukhari. She was declared the winner in the initial vote-count, with 24,980 votes according to unofficial results, but the ECP withheld the results following the slapping incident.

The Supreme Court took a suo motu notice of the assault on polling staff on February 29. The court refused to accept Shah’s apology and directed the ECP and provincial police chief Sindh to submit their report on next date of hearing – March 12.

Meanwhile, dozens of female PPP supporters in Hyderabad protested against the verdict and staged a sit-in at the Hyderabad-Badin Road, blocking it for two hours. Some voters also held a press conference at the Hyderabad press club in Shah’s favour.

The PPP, on its part, has called for a strike in Shah’s constituency, Tando Muhammad Khan today (Thursday).

(With additional reporting by Hafeez Tunio in Karachi)

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2012.

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  • Baba Ji
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Good going !!!Recommend

  • abdul moiz
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:02PM

    what a joke! she should have been imprisoned for physically assaulting two govt. officials.she got to get away as waderas have always gotten away with their crimes.it’s only the poor people who go to jail.

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  • THE
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:03PM

    Why only two years? Why not life time ban? This is pathetic!

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  • SA
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Should be banned for life

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  • urooj fatima
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:04PM

    How long before we start hearing the slogans of ”waheeda shah shaheed-e-jamhooriat ”.Another siyasis shaheed for the ruling party?

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  • Much Amused
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:05PM

    That is the max the EC could do. The SC should not let her escape lightly and set an example. Lets see if that happens? Doubtful?

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  • Sahibzada Shabir
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Great work ECP

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  • PK
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:05PM

    Great verdict.. These feudal minded people should be permanently banned. Now I fear for the life of poor women who was slapped because all the anger will be taken out on her. What a democracy we have :-(

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  • Mar 7, 2012 - 6:05PM

    She deserved a punishment but 2 years ban is too much, polling staff had already forgive her

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  • Samson Salamat
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Good decision by ECP

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  • Mirza
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:06PM

    2 years?? Just 2 years?
    She deserves a lifetime ban and time behind bars!

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  • Suhaib
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:07PM

    Why not Tit for Tat….

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  • Lobster
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:08PM

    @abdul moiz:
    Wait case in SC still in process. ECP acted to save her and PPP

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  • Z.Khan
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:09PM

    In a country where family based political elite, Waderas and Jagirdars are the rules and law such a bold punishment by ECP can be called at least glimpses of fresh blwoing wind. Well done ECP keep it up. Hope it will be a lesson for many in forthcoming national elections.

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  • Ali
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:09PM

    A commendable verdict by ECP. An independent election commission long live. Pakistan Zinda baad.

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  • Aslam Nisar
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:09PM

    At least something…felt like a pleasant surprise in this lawless society of feuds

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  • Nadeem
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:10PM

    These kind of incidents do take place in the Pakistan because of inability of the institutes. Punishment is not enough considering the assault.

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  • muhammad faraz soomro
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:10PM

    is this the liberal,progressive face of the ppp that it claims it has? are slapping women the liberal values the ppp leaders promote? why hasn’t there been any action against waheeda by the ppp itself? why does the ppp think that slapping women is alright behaviour?

    ppp should have expelled her from the party by now,but they didn’t.perhaps it’s liberal nowadays to beat up women.

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  • Daniyal Alvi
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:10PM

    Chill guys….. its just a verdict from ECP, which can only decide about elections and politics.. their will be criminal charges against her and she will be put to trial in there on the charges of obstructing in the state matter with minimum punishment of 2 years and 200,000 fine.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:11PM

    The punishment fits the crime. It means she won’t be qualified to contest next general election. Its end of her political career. Another proof that bye elections were held fairly. No excuse for Imran to boycott elections under present ECP..

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  • Sanya
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Not simple assault. Battery too!

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  • ali raza
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:13PM

    So now we’ll have the claims and slogans of ” ye sub establishment aur judiciary ki saazish hai jamhooriat kay khilaf” .

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  • Disgusted!
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:14PM

    “Provincial Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani said that Waheeda Shah had only slapped people, while so many others in the country get away with killing people. He maintained that Waheeda Shah should be forgiven.”
    This says all about the mentality of these people! They are ruling the country, yet they admit that people get away with murder here and still they are praised!
    The nonsense will not stop in this country until people start voting for these criminals out and stop giving away their votes for a plate of biryani!

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  • ZYZE
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:14PM

    I think, this is a step in right direction…..even though it’s a very small step, but looks like , things are changing,
    On a different note, after reading the comments from Provincial Minister,… i would say……..( some people will never change)., at least he should appreciate the decision and accept the verdict.

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  • The Right Decision
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Highly appreciated the Great Decision of the Court in Pak History. Such elements must be ineligible for contesting elections for ever and also the Police/staff was present there must be suspended/sentence in the best interest of Public Service and Justice.

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  • sarmad chandio
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:17PM

    @muhammad faraz soomro:

    yes,they scream about women’s rights when they are infront of foreign media and want to show how liberal and modern they are.but their reality has been completely exposed in this incident.the mentality of the wadera never changes,they always consider everyone else to be inferior to them and to be their slaves.it’s sad that ppp id determined to keep its ranks full of ppl who beat up women.ppp needs to better educate its members that beating up women is not acceptable behaviour,it should carry out training sessions for its workers before it is too late.

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  • Munir Hyder shah
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Waheeda shah is just one , there are 100 more like her infect worse then her.
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  • Ajaz
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:26PM

    Highly appreciated the Great Decision of the Court

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  • Afghan Karachiti
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:29PM

    That’s too much. She only had to pay ‘slap money’ (just like Devis paid blood money) to the polling officers. Win-win!

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  • Umer
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Now let’s see how much of a ban those get who attack courts.

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  • Sher Khan
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:45PM

    a peson like waheeda should never be allowed to lead her people… a person who doesnt have respect of ordinary citizens of pakistan, such a person shouldve been banned forever, along with hefty fine for maligning and slandering a govt officer and also assaulting a womanRecommend

  • Khurram Mansoor
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:45PM

    Looks like ECP has taken this decision in haste to protect Waheeda Shah from any adverse decsion from SC.

    She should have been punished more serverly and bared from taking part in elections ever after.Recommend

  • Zulfiqar
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Good decision, but why the heck she is not imprisoned???????

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  • Afzal Zia
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:53PM

    There should be life ban on such politician. Very good decision by ECP.

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  • Rahim
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Good, now ECP must make sure they keep an eye on all national and general election.

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  • zohaib
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:54PM

    Hello

    first of all i would like to say that the election commission has made a wrong decision. the things and reasons are:

    WHY DID WAHEEDA SHAH SLAPPED THE PRESIDING OFFICER. She said that there was something going wrong in the electrion?? The was no hearing on the side of Waheeda Shah that a female WHY she slapped another female without no reason. There must be some reason thats why she slapped her.

    WHY ONLY WAHEEDA SHAH??? The Presiding officer should also be called and asked what were the reasons that she was slapped by any official person. what did she do or anoyed a person that she got slapped. Waheeda Shah only slapped her ONCE and the media is showing that she slapped her many times .

    The election commession should also fired the prisiding officer if they made 2 year banned on Waheeda Shah
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  • Butt
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:54PM

    Did the assault case get thrown out?

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  • Mirza
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:56PM

    @THE: The two years ban is appropriate. One cannot be put away for life or killed for slap. The imp thing is after two years there would be no elections, so she is effectively out for five years or more. In addition it is left to the people whether they elect her or reject her after two years. That would be her real punishment, rejection by her voters, the biggest and neutral jury in the world. It is a good beginning.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 7, 2012 - 6:59PM

    How much punishment was awarded when PML-N and its goons attacked the SC while in session? They are still rick and powerful and ruling the majority of Pakistan. Everybody should be treated equally by the courts. The best thing about this decision is she would not be able to contest the next elections, effectively keeping her out for more than 5 years. Even then the electorate can punish her again!

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  • Ali
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:02PM

    Can’t be happier

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  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Why a split decision.Justice (retired) Hamid Ali Mirza and Sindh member Justice (retired) Roshan Isani voted against the decision to ban Shah for two years, . Even a child could have given a decision. From this split decision it is apparent that the two voted in favor of the Govt.
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  • bashir Abbasi
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:09PM

    This is very serious issue, the person contesting for member of the parliament whether provincial or national behave like this should be banned for ever. If someone slap on the face of the Waheeda Shah in the same manner as she did there will be strong reaction by so called champion of politics.

    We are Muslim and have respect of women; the lady whom the Whaeeda Shah slapped is daughter of someone and has the same respect like Waheeda Shah. I think that punishment given by ECP is a minimum as compared to the offence. The attitude of the society cannot be changed until and unless the deterrent theory of punishment is adopted.Recommend

  • siddiqui
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:09PM

    nice stance..appreciate the decision of ECPRecommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:11PM

    A slap is not covered under article 62 or 63. Presiding officer , not polling officer has megisterial powers as is being reported

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  • Noor
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:18PM

    she should be jailed for at least 2 years.

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  • Hassan
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:24PM

    Although this is definitely a step in the right direction, the ECP justice voted against her punishment, thats just wrong and shameful.
    Another thing since she got off the hook rather easily, did we just trade the security and respect of our polling workers in return for a two year ban ? Who in their right minds is going to be a polling agent for the coming elections ?Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:35PM

    She should be jailed for assault too.

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  • Ali. Mir
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:49PM

    She should be banned for life and also thrown behind bar

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  • eyeinsighght
    Mar 7, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Good job ECP

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  • Mar 7, 2012 - 7:56PM

    why she is not in jail?

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  • Apnakarachi
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:01PM

    She is banned to contest elections for 2 years! that is not acceptable ..This is disqualification but what is her Punishment? She should have been put behind the bars for 6 month with Rs2 lac for ECP reputation damages and Public apology to the victim.

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  • Mar 7, 2012 - 8:02PM

    * Waheeda had only slapped people, while so many others in the country get away with killing people. He maintained that Waheeda should be forgiven.*

    So According to Provincial Minister She should have killed both of those ladies ?? so she could get away more easily…irony …

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  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:08PM

    An unforgivable act. Should have been banned for life. The SC should send her to Jail so that in future no politician dares to intimidate the Election Staff.

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  • elementary
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:10PM

    I want to see the measures that make it impossible for any similar future incident to happen again.Punishing individuals may satisfy our sadistic instincts but doesn’t really do the trick. In 2 years time she will be back slapping someonelse, taking good care not to be caught on camera.

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  • zainuddin
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:15PM

    very good virdict it is the win to law

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  • Subah
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:18PM

    What Waheeda Shah did at the polling station is almost the same as being seen by the two ladies in Sind Assembly. What is the problem with our ladies? The respected lady doing her duty should have practised “saving face”. I think this is another theme for making documentary.
    Punishing her serves her right but at the same time it should have been better that they did’nt call for re-election but should have considered the candidate coming second as the winner.

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  • pakistani
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:21PM

    only 2 years????

    at least a ten year ban, one year behind bars and Rs.1 million compensation to both the officers involved…..

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  • Very I
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:30PM

    I’m soul of Qaied e Azam must be pleased.

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  • bashir
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:42PM

    guys whats with the negativity?? are we that intuned to criticising that thats our go to for eveything? this is a huge step… an official slapped a worker and ACTUALLY got banned! when has this happened before? This incident, the Maya Khan incident and the uproar over the Shezan ban all show that we are taking steps (although tiny ones) in the right direction. The power of social media perhaps?

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  • FS
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:42PM

    This is not enough. She should go to jail for atleast 6 months

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  • Jadugar
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:42PM

    The Justice in Pakistan today makes me proud. I hope Waheeda Shah and people like her understands the message, You do the crime You do the time.

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  • waqar
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:42PM

    Good decision

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  • Dr umair
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:46PM

    the act of this lady was a kind of open terrorism and it was a slap on the pakistani nation who are sleeping .People even do not know that which candidate is suitable .people always chose a corrupt,thief and even a DAKO as their leader . For God sake wake up otherwise it will be very late .

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  • Rameez
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Only 2 years disqualification, what about jail sentence and fine ? common man I think she deserve more severe punishment. and yet people still vote for PPP,shame on pak peopleRecommend

  • Lahoree
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:51PM

    2 Years! should have been 200Yrs.

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  • quatter
    Mar 7, 2012 - 8:59PM

    Should have been a sterner sentence. I would have loved to see a Life Ban, a fine of at least Rs. 5 million and 5 years rigorous imprinsonment… Waheeda deserves every bit of these!Recommend

  • iftikhar hussain
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:05PM

    Good and Nice Decision Should be decided some punishment

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:08PM

    Lifetime ban and a minimum 2 year jail would have been more appropriate.

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  • Ghulam shabbir
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:24PM

    Well done ECP. 20th amendment to the constitution of Pakistan has rightfully empowered ECP. Long live ECP. Hope coming elections will be free, fair,transparent and impartial under ECP.

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  • N K
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:27PM

    Good Step! but two years are not enough!

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  • Waheed Hasan Siddiqui
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:30PM

    I was not expecting this decisions of the EC.It provide some relief to those who are advocating that judiciary and its related institutions are independent.One of the good decisions of my 65 years.

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  • PARDESI
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:42PM

    lets see what the great party does now would they use the muscle power to reinstate her or would they say that she will never be representing the party again.

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  • KiJ
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:44PM

    A good start, at least…

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  • Parvez
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:50PM

    It is heartning to see justice being done.

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  • Uza Syed
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:51PM

    This is the only way we can force these so called ruling elites to come down and feel the earth under their feet and their heads on their two shoulders. I want this to be made an example for the rest of these in poliics of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Lone Star
    Mar 7, 2012 - 9:51PM

    2 Slaps=2 Years. She must be very happy she slapped only twice. Hope her local residents never ever vote for her.

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  • Tariq Shah
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:22PM

    “Jury member ECP chief Justice (retired) Hamid Ali Mirza and Sindh member Justice (retired) Roshan Essani voted against the decision to ban Waheeda for two years.”

    Mirza and Essani Why did they oppose her ban?

    This woman should have been not only banned for life but first have to serve time in jail for assaulting an official of the Government. Any wonder no one has respect for the law or officials in Pakistan?

    Had someone done this in the US, it would have caused a serious uproar, because they love their country, we live in Pakistan like guests or vactioneers.

    Come on Pakistan, get angry and stay angry at these .Recommend

  • naeem hussain
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:27PM

    She should be declared ineligible for rest of her life and all others involved in disrespecting humanity.

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  • Be-Realistic
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:38PM

    Nice shot by ECP-Carry On

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  • Abdullah
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:43PM

    should not be eligible for life time

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  • shar uk
    Mar 7, 2012 - 10:55PM

    @Mirza you try to portray ppp has a civilised party why as nobody condemed her from ppp

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  • Shahid
    Mar 7, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Good decision by ECP.

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  • Very I
    Mar 7, 2012 - 11:34PM

    @FS: candid sumission: Some people, are never happy with your “the glass is half empty” mantra. Acknowledge every little piece of improvement. And this is a big one!Recommend

  • sohaib
    Mar 7, 2012 - 11:41PM

    After this incident, dont be surprised if the liberal, democracy loving party called PPP and its cronies go for a complete ban on media in election. Just like another liberal and enlightened moderate did before them to re-elect himself in uniform.

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  • Hafeez
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:00AM

    “Provincial Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani said that Waheeda had only slapped people, while so many others in the country get away with killing people.” Mr Durrani I wonder what would be your reaction if the victim were your close relative. By the way it needs to be understood that the victim was representing an institution therefore it was important to make an example out of perpetrator.

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  • Hammad
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:03AM

    Well done !! It is a good precedent and let’s hope that those who intend to get away with wrong doings would be punished in same way.

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  • shar uk
    Mar 8, 2012 - 12:04AM

    PPP Promise roti kapray and makan to the poor of pak what they have given instead is slap slap slap shame on u ppp for what you have done to pak in its current state it is nt economically viable in its current state its bankrupt alot of disinvestment as taken place due to the endeamic corruption of the state inparticular the gop

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  • Rahim Mawani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:08AM

    She should be banned for life time!!!

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  • Mar 8, 2012 - 1:16AM

    right decision. shouldn’t there be any punishment for threatening and forcing the same presiding officer pardon Waheeda Shah?

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  • Bloodhounds!
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:27AM

    The comments being written are mind blowing. In this nation mullahs, generals, rapists and baton clad Lal Masjid women are praised for their murders, assaults, kidnapping and bomb threats but a slap by a politician needs to be made example of.

    All hail murderers of pregnant women in Kharotabad!

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  • Zohaib
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:59AM

    I hope she is ordered to rot in some pathetic jail for atleast 2 yrs n compensate the Election staff ladies atleast 5 Lac a piece. What a disgrace she is for the entire sinf-e-nazuk.. Plus the PPP should also sack her n never give her a ticketRecommend

  • Mar 8, 2012 - 2:11AM

    This women should be made an example for others NOT to follow. Only 2 years disqualification? She should be banned from politics for life, made to publicly apologize, made to pay heavy monetary sum or jail term.

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  • shahbaz
    Mar 8, 2012 - 2:41AM

    @Afghan Karachiti:
    how much you like to be paid for a slap on your face.

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  • MnBaghiHoon
    Mar 8, 2012 - 2:54AM

    Wader-ism and Jgirdar-ism is the Cancer of Pakistan, and Brutal People Like Waheeda Shah Must be Banned for Life to teach lesson to such Idiots (So-Called Representatives of People). The Decision of ECP is a big slap on the ugly faces of such corrupt and looter elements.
    Qadam Barhao Chief Justice , Ham Aap K Saath Hn….
    Haan, Ham Baaghi Hn, Ham Baaghi Hn…….

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  • ayesha
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:27AM

    People who say 2 years is too short a ban – Well let her constituents decide. If the feel that her crime is unaceptable, they will not re-electher. If they feel that due to all the good work she has done, she should be given a chance after she has served her punishment, they should have te ability to elect her.

    For people who say – why no jail : EC is not a court. They just preside over elections to keep them free and fair. There is a civil case in the courts where they can decide what punishment. But frankly for the people who are getting so agigated ans suggesting jail is it just becasue she is not a goonda like Malik Ishaq or Hafiz Saeed who can threaten judges and get freedom despite their hate filled speeches and actions which result in death and destruction?Recommend

  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 8, 2012 - 3:35AM

    ECPs’ split decision banning Waheeda is academic since the case is with the
    Supreme court.ECP,perhaps acted under immense pressure from all directions
    specially general public and media.
    To draw parallel between murder and slapping is not what is expected from
    those in power.Remember what happened to the prime minister ,with heavy mandate,
    when he insulted and sacked a middle aged irrigation officer shown live on television?
    Divine law takes it’s own course.
    It would be most honourable,and appreciated by voters,if Mrs Waheeda Shah
    voluntarily retires from politics.

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  • hasan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:00AM

    This is a decision of the ECP not the SC The matter is back before the SC on 12 March.Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2012 - 4:55AM

    180 million sleeping people of Pakistan need to be slapped and insulted again and again until they decide to wake up from this deep sleep for 65 years

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  • basharat
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:14AM

    An accused person has constitutional right of fair trial which has been denied to Ms Waheeda Shah inasmuch as the Chief Justice of Pakistan had declared that the crime committed by Ms Waheeda Shah, was more heinous than murder of Sarfraz Shah, an unarmed
    person, who was brutally killed by armed group of Rangers. She was not afforded a proper investigation. No one bothered about possible motive which is very essential part of a fair trial. The victim had pardoned, it was definitely a mitigating ground. The case should have been disposed of by summary trial, she is getting much more than that she might have done.

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  • Mar 8, 2012 - 6:40AM

    I fully support the ECP decision. I am wondering why Chief Justice is silent on issue which took yesterday where lawyers tortured a civil judge and locked him room !

    Wake CJ we are watching you, do not think people are fools.

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  • A. Khan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:46AM

    Same should apply to any MNA/MPA breaking any law including traffic violations.

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  • Muhammad
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:00AM

    Good news! But still more should be from SC…………

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  • Muhammad
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:01AM

    Good news!

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  • AL
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:45AM

    This is very common practice in Pakistan. People with even little authority abuse common people. I am surprise she only slap the ladies. She did not have them paraded naked. This is what they are doing with helpless women in our country.

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  • Ed
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:00AM

    The let her go easy… The Sou moto should see that she gets imprisoned for assault. The police office present at that time should be dismissed and prefereably imprisoned too.

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  • Ed
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:05AM

    She should be banned for life and should also be sentenced for physical assault.

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  • Aafiyat Nazar
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:44AM

    Dear “Pakistan politics”

    you say “She deserved a punishment but 2 years ban is too much, polling staff had already forgive her”. Don’t you realize you have been humiliating the common folks for decades. I know you represent waheeda shah more then us, the common people. The slap was on our faces. Thanks for the Media and the Judiciary for exposing and pressing for the punishment.I feel 2 year punishment is nothing for her.

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  • Pakistani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 9:10AM

    Good decision. And we want permenant ban on her to contest the election.

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  • zehra
    Mar 8, 2012 - 9:51AM

    awesome descison, for those saying thatiti s harsh, no it is not, simply as in order to clean the system from people who have no ethics repsect of law this is the right step. automatically by barring from next election, she is punished adequately. for the election after the next lets wait and watch.

    for those saying it is just a slap, this is exactly why we as a nation are where we are, we forgive crimes, slaps, corruptiuon but we dnt forgive freedom of speech , free will etc

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  • Umer
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:24AM

    Imagine if it was the other way round…a lowly staff at the poll station slapping her(incocieveable but imagine for a sec)…the person would be rotting in jail now upon immediate action taken by the DSP! Pakistan is twisted in all possible ways!

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  • Saleem
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:47AM

    So many comments in favor of ECP which is sickening Two ECP office bearers one from Sindh, homeboy, and Chief Election Commissioner voted in favor of the accused. Icing on the cake Chief Minister is not satisfied with the verdict another minster says it was only a slap. God help us

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  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:57AM

    @ayesha:
    Please do inform us, the ignorant public, of her good work(s).

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  • Iqbal Ghulam Hussain
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:40AM

    2 Years is less, but atleast our ECP took step for this punishment……..appreciated.

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  • Sarhandi
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:00PM

    being someone from Tando Muhammad Khan, I feel ashamed of my friends when they ask me “Do people from your area behave like that with each other?” Thank you Waheeda Shah for creating this image…and a well deserved punishment you got I must say!

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  • Noble Tufail
    Mar 8, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Don’t worry Waheeda Shah you will be soon proven innocent … This is a toothless vampire. ask Aitzaz or babar awan if you don’t believe me.

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  • Mar 8, 2012 - 7:08PM

    The punishment given to Wahida Shah is not commensurate with the crime she committed. She should have been disqualified for ever besides giving her 2 years imprisonment for interferring in the performance of official duties of election officials.. This was very essential to stop such incidents in the coming general elections and to teach a lesson to those who violate law and take law in their own hands and consider themselves above the law of the land. The voters should never vote in her favour in future. Pakistan does not need such arrogant persns in its assemblies.Such persons should be put in the jails instead of sending them to the assemblies.

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  • Mustafa
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:15PM

    How much punishment was awarded when PML-N and its goons attacked the
    SC while in session? They are still Rick and powerful and ruling the
    majority of Pakistan. Everybody should be treated equally by the
    courts. The best thing about this decision is she would not be able to
    contest the next elections, effectively keeping her out for more than
    5 years. Even then the electorate can punish her again! The two years
    ban is appropriate. One cannot be put away for life or killed for
    slap. The imp thing is after two years there would be no elections, so
    she is effectively out for five years or more. In addition it is left
    to the people whether they elect her or reject her after two years.
    That would be her real punishment, rejection by her voters, and the
    biggest and neutral jury in the world. It is a good beginning.

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  • nationalist baloch
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:54AM

    … first rain drop… of change … Will be followed by downpour …

    …. A Great Defeat for Wadera-ism … in Sindh.

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  • Tariq Shah
    Mar 9, 2012 - 11:59PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    its not up to polling staff to forgive, crime was against the state of Pakistan as the person was an official, they can pardon personally, but crime was a federal offense.

    This is why they continue to beat people like you, because you are so ready to forgive them as you consider them your lords and devis and devtas, they are just human, and this woman is a lowlife for hitting that official, in any other country she would be in prison for battery and assault and get 5-10 years in a serious prison.

    How dare she hit a government official?

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  • Sajjad Hussain
    Mar 18, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Perhaps the Provincial Election Commissioner does not know how the mighty and strong bully government servants.Grateful to the three members who upheld the decision. No comment on the member from Sind, it was expected,

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