Waheeda Shah didn’t slap, she pressed: Raja Riaz

Published: March 8, 2012

LAHORE: Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz said on Thursday that Waheeda Shah Bukhari did not slap anyone, she just “pressed” the presiding officer with her hand.

Talking to media outside the Punjab Assembly, Riaz defended what the disqualified Pakistan Peoples Party’s MPA from Tando Muhammad Khan did on the polling day.

Riaz said that Bukhari is a widow and the disqualification was a second blow to her after her husband’s death.

“She just pressed the presiding officer as she (the presiding officer) was involved in rigging,” he said.

“It is media that created the whole issue, they manipulated the video and played it repeatedly which made it look like Waheeda slapped the staffer several times.”

Responding to Raja’s comments, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that no widow or orphan was allowed to slap the polling staff. “Being a widow does not give her a license to slap anyone. PPP has a history of not accepting the judicial verdicts and this time too they are making accusing rather than accepting the Election Commission’s verdict,” said Sanaullah.

Sanaullah said that the punishment was justified and the Riaz’s statement is another “foolish one” from the opposition leader.

He further said that the verdict is an example for those who try to oppress the masses on the pretext of democracy.

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Reader Comments (75)

  • Rehan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Mr. Riaz, just because she was “bereaved” and sad doesn’t give her the right to assault anyone.

  • Khan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:57PM

    Oh yeah.


  • Tony
    Mar 8, 2012 - 4:58PM

    hahaha. Shame on all those political leaders who have supported waheeda after her blatant act.

    What’s nextRecommend

  • vaqar
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:00PM

    What utter rubish from Raja Riaz. What would his definition of a slap be? By the way candidates are not supposed tp even “press” an election official.


  • Ahsan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Oh Mr Raja Riaz dont make us fool any more. Being a widow doesnt mean that a lady become terrorist and badmaash and start beeting others. nonsense. Recommend

  • Amir Khattak
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:03PM

    This free media is a threat to Democracy and Democratic parties Waheeda Shah did nothing it was all camera trick. Democratic Government will shut the eyes and mouth of media before elections so that no body would know HOW Democratic Government and parties wins elections.


  • Blithe
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:08PM

    PPP has totally lost the moral ground!
    It’s shocking what they end up justifying.
    Truly shocking!


  • Much Amused
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:14PM

    What world is he living in.


  • Zafar
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:15PM

    How blatantly our politicians lie and twist the facts?


  • saeed
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:15PM

    Don’t take this guy serious….my heart burns when I see people like them representing my country…I dont know why Pakistani nation still votes for them…may be lake of education or what but this is unacceptable..we give future of our children in the hand of these people…Recommend

  • Yazid Khan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:16PM

    The most brilliantly audacious and wickedly ludicrous defence of a woman who terrorized and physically assaulted a hapless government officer! Wow, Raja sb you should have been a lawyer, I bet Aitzaz is mighty jealous right now, what an evil genius thought you have just concocted!


  • Hady
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:16PM

    After watching that video anyone may decide how much down to earth is the above stated widow,,,, Secondly she didnt slapped your face so how you may comment about the intensity ans severity to say it pressing???? If your face would have been there then i was having no right to challenge your statement, but unfortunately t wasn’t yours,


  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:17PM

    And such dumb politicians are our leaders. Pathetic!!!!


  • Abbas
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:24PM

    What nonsense. It was caught on camera. We might be a dumb nation but we will not be fooled about this. They’re making her sound like a living martyr.


  • John
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:26PM

    “She’s a widow, she was bereaved and had to contest the election while she was traumatised”

    Can somebody educate us poor readers why she had to contest the election while she was traumatised?


  • Yazid Khan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:28PM

    The most ludicrously audacious defence of a feudal that terrorized polling staff and battered two ladies in the process for all and sundry to witness. She did nothing wrong, the media is showing the wrong ‘angles’. Raja would make a brilliant lawyer, much to the envy of Mr. Aitzaz Ahsan God help this country! Recommend

  • Nadeem
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:30PM

    What we can expect from Raja Riaz except these kind of comments? These leaders are the dumbest people on the planet.


  • JS
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:30PM

    The real problem with this entire episode (and all other episodes involving such people) is that Waheeda Shah,raja riaz and their likes actually think what they are saying/doing is absoletly correct. They actually believe nothing wrong has been done…Waheeda shah probably slaps everyday, in her feifdomRecommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:38PM

    Oh Ya I’m impressed by Raja Riaz and politicians like him and the nation is pressed against the wall.


  • Ex-Gujju
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Mr. Raja Riaz,
    Bill Clinton: ‘I did smoke but did not inhale’.


  • JJ
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:44PM

    YOU ARE 100 PERCENT RIGHT… Illiterate leaders..


  • Paindoo
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:52PM

    This is what PPP’s Liberals say whenever there is any bad time on PPP. There are many working on social media to justify every wrong of PPP.Recommend

  • Hamid Javaid
    Mar 8, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Oh God, please have petty in this nation by calling these politicians back to pavilion. We are not able or willing to rise against these looters, shameless, dishonest, etc etc etc. The so called system of botched democracy is created by 1% to press the common people of this nation and 99% around the world will keep 1% in power to press the rights of 99%.


  • Chanakya
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:03PM

    If she did not slap why did she visit homes of the victims and “sought” forgivenes? Also why did she tendered apology to the SC saying that the slapping was unintentional.Recommend

  • Rahim
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:05PM

    oh yeah Raja Riaz, do you think we are fools, she assaulted two women. Have some dignity and accept what she did was wrong and stop coming up with stupid excuses.


  • omair shahid
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:06PM

    what are stupid comment from raja riaz still people want to vote to these same old parties


  • King Kong
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:21PM

    For the first time ever, I actually agree with Rana Sanaullah.


  • Mirza
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:40PM

    how dumb does he think viewers are?
    next it would be “someone was wearing Waheeda’s mask – Mission Impossible style!”


  • TQ
    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:42PM

    Mr Riaz,
    Lets assume that it was indeed a ‘press’ and not a slap; lets reinact the scene with her on the other end this time perhaps. Since it is unoffensive and acceptable to you, maybe you would like to stand in her stead given that you have such sympathies towards her. Btw, what about the polling clerk? any idea on her background and her life? Did she grow up with playing with rainbows and unicorns?

    Physical assault is exactly that! Press, touch, stroke, slap.. whatever! It is the same!

    Shame on you for even having any sort of opinion on it other than the verdict!



    Mar 8, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Another example of our legislators, first get into the assembly on fake documents and argue its ok to do so as I am the lawmaker. Than argue that Musharaff forced Benazir to stick her head out of the car. Try to tell Supreme court that Zardari is above the law and don’t open the Swiss case and now telling Pakistanis we are blind.


  • Food for thought
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:20PM

    Raja Riaz, this guy is a disgrace to Pakistani politics!


  • Anjabeen
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:21PM

    I must say I’m very disappointed. Raja Riaz has finally allowed Rana Sanaaullah to have the last laugh.
    As for this lady ( but no lady ) she deserved every bit of the verdict , for the contemptuous look alone she grazed the poor working women with, if for nothing else.


  • Bilal Bajwa
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:26PM

    shame on this politician , justifying what? Is he blind or considering us blind?Recommend

  • Shocked
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:28PM

    the woman she “pressed” was seen crying in the video. That is a clear proof of harassment. Recommend

  • Mir
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:34PM

    the banning on waheeda shah arises doubt because chief election commissioner and sindh election commissioner are on her side while other 3 provinces gave verdict against her. Secondly can camera be used or (abused) against or in favour of any candidates in next election will they be neutral. These are big questions in my mind. But in any case this is the test case lets see what happens.


  • Faizan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:34PM

    Mr. Raja Riaz is just a pathetic excuse for a politician and he is so desperate in justifying the criminal act of her fellow party worker that he thinks the whole world to be fooled by his poor attempts to make Waheeda Shah sound like a saint.not going to work any more..we are fed up of all these fake politicians


  • Shakir Lakhani
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:43PM

    What was she doing inside the polling station, where contesting candidates are not allowed entry? Why has no one raised this issue?


  • Papoo piplia
    Mar 8, 2012 - 7:59PM

    PPP thrives on poverty, illiteracy, misery and disease.


  • Shakky
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:02PM

    These politicians need to seriously be vetted before they are allowed to hold public office. First Waheeda Shah and now Raja Riaz. He’s insulting everyone’s intelligence by trying to sell this concocted story about hands being pressed to faces and traumatized widows being forced to contest elections. Next, someone will come up with the tale that the presiding official deliberately put her face in the path of Waheeda’s hand.


  • ZYX
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:24PM

    No Waheeda Shah didn’t slap that teacher, the teacher repeatedly threw her face into Waheeda Shah’s hand. Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2012 - 8:38PM

    His statement is like that

    “PPP did not done corruption but looted whole country” :P


  • Qasim
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:43PM

    Shame on you mr raja riaz…this shows the moral bankruptcy of these politicians…I believe one of the reason for suffering of our nation is disrespect for academia.


  • saif
    Mar 8, 2012 - 8:52PM

    Shame on PPP and Raja Riaz


  • Naseer
    Mar 8, 2012 - 9:49PM

    @Shocked: “the woman she “pressed” was seen crying in the video. That is a clear proof of harassment.”

    Those were the tears of happiness that she has been touched by the honourable lady. LOL


  • Shahid Khan
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:15PM

    Civilation before democracy!


  • Pakistaniat
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Shame on PPP…..how could he justify this…..


  • Doolittle
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Why? Why? Why do people and even the election commission overlooks the fact that the “bereaved” lady was not allowed to enter the polling station when the votes are being cast. She should be punished for breaking this law also.


  • Ch Bux Charlie
    Mar 8, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Give me a C
    Give me a R
    Give me an A
    Give me the PPP!


  • KiJ
    Mar 8, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Some times it’s good to shut up and take responsibility…


  • Mar 8, 2012 - 11:56PM

    Pakistanis are smarter than the rest of the world. Slapped actually means “PRESSED” with hand. Remember “Degree is a Degree even if fake”. Recommend

  • moeed
    Mar 9, 2012 - 12:02AM

    this guy always chear me up when we i see these politicans i see how stupid we as a nation are who believes this sort of guy


  • Rizwan
    Mar 9, 2012 - 12:41AM

    I hope Mr. Riaz will allow me to “press” him in public. I’m really itching to do that.


  • Mubashir
    Mar 9, 2012 - 12:47AM

    Obviously Waheeda did not press in a frinedly manner. That counts as an assault. Why obsufcate the issue with semantics?


  • Danish Khan
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:20AM

    someone need to “press” raja riaz a bit, infact how abt “mass press”


  • qzj00
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:45AM

    I will love to “press” Raja sahib’s’s face . . . after all, according to him, it does not seem to be anything bad!


  • Awais Ch
    Mar 9, 2012 - 1:50AM

    Raja Riaz Go Get a Life……


  • Zeta
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:05AM

    Shame on you PPP


  • MarkH
    Mar 9, 2012 - 2:14AM

    Every single type of strike is pressing. It’s about the force behind it, what you use and how you use it.


  • Haroon
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:03AM

    I wish the people of Pakistan ‘press’ upon him to retract his statement


  • Pashtun voice
    Mar 9, 2012 - 4:29AM

    Raja Riaz sahab I too would like to “press” my hand on your cheek sir. I hope you won’t mind.


  • hasan ansari
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:46AM

    PPP aka Any thing goes. :/


  • Saghir
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:14AM

    Raja Riaz is a comedian……..


    Mar 9, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Oh yeh, she was pressing a slap becaue the polling officer was trying to hit the esteemed would be politicans’ hand with her face. She so much wanted to get her face touched by her holy hand.

    These are the people representing Pakistan and responsible to make laws. What a country!!


  • sultan
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:06AM

    liar, they are all shameless liars, how could PPP dare insult the judgement of entire Pakistan


  • illyas
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:11PM

    hahaha,, another joke from raja Riaz


  • Omer
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:23PM

    Raja Sáhab may be you are right but why Waheeda Shah even Pressed her. She was on duty therefore you/ Waheeda must have to respect the Nation.

    ‘Raja sahab instead of defending PPP please think about the betterment of nation as well.’


  • kanwal
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:57PM

    What will happen to the person who recorded this footage of Waheeda Shah?


  • Mar 9, 2012 - 8:04PM

    “Shame on PPP and Raja Riaz”

    Raja Riaz did not utter anything out of the ordinary. He represents a political entity which calls itself socialist+Islamic. It is high time to realise, the claim is a white lie. Instead his party keeps returning to the parliament with a sizable margin, by the support of the voters.

    In the present system people have only symbolic power with a circus called elections. (The US is said to be run by Wall Street). Pakland is run by feudals, robber barons, compradors, willing militarymen and bought of mulahs. We all play our assigned roles.

    Unless, it feels seriously challenged by the citizen, the PPP will go on exploiting ethnicity, languages, mullahs, military, the civil society and the courts to retain power.


  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 9, 2012 - 11:00PM

    If you really want to help
    widows please do it decently and do not play with human esteem.The victims,perhaps
    belong to middle class otherwise they would not be working,hence they also need your
    sympathy sir.Recommend

  • Omar Moeen Malik
    Mar 10, 2012 - 1:44AM

    The citizens of Raja Sbs constituency should all ‘press’ themselves for having elected him to the Punjab Assembly.Recommend

  • Doolittle
    Mar 10, 2012 - 10:39AM

    Slapped or “pressed”. The gesture was meant as an insult to a presiding officer. Why was a candidate at a polling station at the first place? They cannot enter the polling station. Its the law and by entering the station she broke the law. Can Raja Riaz and Mulla Dopiaz and the ECP head not see that law was broken?


  • Syed Zulfiqar
    Mar 10, 2012 - 12:04PM

    They have crossed all limits. A live example of “Summun Bukmun Ummyun”. So they will not be able to find the right path.


  • Fauzia Mussarat
    Mar 15, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Seriously??????????This is how they are trying to spin it????? =O


  • Mar 15, 2012 - 1:07PM

    @Fauzia Mussarat:
    Seriously??????????This is how they are trying to spin it????? =O

    Reality exists only on the TV screen, dear Fauzia,

    (Marshal McLuhan, should have said that)


  • Imtiaz Khan
    Mar 15, 2012 - 4:30PM

    What else u can expect from such ‘highly educated,disciplined and civilized’ ever seen in the party?


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