Slap ban: Waheeda Shah files petition challenging ECP's decision

Published: March 19, 2012
Petition challenges ECP’s decision of holding PS-53 by-polls again, asks court to issue a stay order in this regard. PHOTO: FILE

Petition challenges ECP’s decision of holding PS-53 by-polls again, asks court to issue a stay order in this regard. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Peoples Party’s MPA Waheeda Shah Bukhari filed a petition in the Hyderabad Bench of the Sindh High Court on Monday challenging Election Commission of Pakistan’s decision of banning Bukhari from contesting elections for two years and nullifying the results of PS-53 constituency.

The petition also challenged ECP’s decision of holding by-polls of Sindh Assembly seat PS-53 again, and asked the court to issue a stay order in this regard.

The petition was filed by her counsel on her behalf.

Besides facing an inquiry for assaulting polling staff, Bukhari was also involved in an alleged case of rigging during the by-polls in PS-53 Tando Muhammad Khan.

She was declared the winner in the initial vote-count of the provincial seat by-poll (PS 53), but following the infamous slapping incident caught on video, the ECP withheld official results.

She was caught on camera slapping two women at polling station No. 16 at the Government Girls High School.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Imti
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:32PM

    so now you’re the victim? no shame left in these politicians


  • Maher
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:46PM

    She should be banned


  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Mar 19, 2012 - 3:57PM

    so what she is saying she can slap a public official on duty?


  • Aristo
    Mar 19, 2012 - 4:06PM

    Interesting, the classic war has begun in Pak, just like it began in Europe in the 18th century. The middle class morals versus the Feudal mindset. Lets see who wins in the land of pure.


  • Faraz
    Mar 19, 2012 - 4:32PM

    How could she show such a disrespect to someone who is on duty. I mean these to be MNAs and MPAs think they are above the law. This getting physical culture has to be absolutely removed from the society by setting strict fines and punishments. The decision by ECP is totally justified and shouldnt be in any case reverted.


  • Much Amused
    Mar 19, 2012 - 5:12PM

    The SHC should further slap a longer disqualification on her. Maybe a conviction. That will lighten the load on SC.


  • common pakistani
    Mar 19, 2012 - 5:53PM

    Why is she still part of PPP Mr Zardari?


  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Mar 19, 2012 - 5:56PM

    We the people of Pakistan appreciate and fully support this good decision taken by ECP. I hope that Singh High Court will increase this ban upto 4 years and if she filed petition in Supreme court then SC should make it 8 years. In this way common people of Pakistan will start trusting their institutions.


  • KiJ
    Mar 19, 2012 - 6:00PM

    she should be slapped with a jail term this time…


  • Mar 19, 2012 - 6:13PM

    Waheeda shah u will be disappointed


  • Shakky
    Mar 19, 2012 - 7:19PM

    She clearly thinks that she can get away with slapping people at will. It’s surprising that the PPP has not disowned her and instead appears to be supporting her through its silence. Doesn’t say much for the party. As for Ms. Shah, a stint in the local jail at the chakki would do her a world of good – perhaps teach her how one should accord oneself in civilized society. Recommend

  • Hadi Ansari
    Mar 19, 2012 - 8:31PM

    It would appear from the report that the inquiry has yet to take place for slapping and rigging
    Incidents.Technically she can approach the court for the relief,but morally best course for
    her was an honourable retirement from politics.
    The court will decide the case based on the evidence produced to the bench and here lies
    the hope for her.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 19, 2012 - 10:05PM

    I don’t have any soft corner for Waheeda Shah.

    Now she should face the music. If she will be allowed to become member of the Provincial Assembly, she may repeat her actions any time.


  • omer
    Mar 19, 2012 - 10:36PM

    This lady must be given a severe penalty and her membership from PPP should be cancelled along with ban to appear in next two elections


  • Mar 19, 2012 - 11:32PM

    This feudal and uncivilized lady is a stigma on the face of Peoples Party; she should be bar for the life time from the contest in any future elections or holding any public office.


  • Yousaf Hyat
    Mar 19, 2012 - 11:32PM

    She should be banned from running for any public office and also pay an indemnity to the ladies who got slapped..


  • Hassan
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:32AM

    Had Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto been alive, she would have kicked this dumb woman out of PPP!


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