No holds barred: Musarrat takes a swipe at the maulana

Published: March 29, 2013
Pashto actress says Fazl is not Taliban’s ‘maama’ (uncle) that they would negotiate with him.

Pashto actress says Fazl is not Taliban’s ‘maama’ (uncle) that they would negotiate with him.


Despite facing what she claims are death threats, popular Pashto film actress Musarrat Shaheen said on Thursday she would contest the upcoming elections against Fazlur Rehman, Faisal Kundi, former senator Waqar Khan, and “all the waderas, looteras and thekedars of Islam”.

Shaheen, now a social worker and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Musawat, filed nomination papers to run for NA-24 Dera Ismail Khan – her hometown.

The former actress pointed out that in a male-dominated society, she had dared to step forward and run against the other contestants, all of whom are men.

Shaheen said that she had been informed of threats to her life, but stopped short of naming her “enemies”. “I put my life at risk to come to Dera Ismail Khan and compete against Fazlur Rehman. I know a plan has been prepared to kill me but I will walk through these roads and streets. I am not scared,” she said.

The former actress said that the former interior minister has warned her against going into Dera Ismail Khan since there was no security clearance. But, she added, “I came without security in my own bulletproof car.”

Alleged threats to her life aside, Shaheen went on to also brush off the electoral ‘threat’ her opponent Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) chief Fazlur Rehman poses to her election campaign. She scoffed at Fazl’s claims that the Taliban were willing to hold peace talks, saying he was not the “maama (uncle) of the Taliban” that they would want to negotiate with him.

She also said that the Taliban are Muslims and citizens of Pakistan, and should approach parliament, the army and the judiciary to hold talks.

Shaheen also called out the maulana over his strategy of winning votes in the name of Islam. He forgets all about the religion as soon as he steps into Islamabad, she scoffed.

“There is a mobile phone instead of a tasbih in the Mullah’s hand; instead of sitting in the mosque, he is roaming around in Pajeros and Land Cruisers,” she said, adding that mullahs have done nothing practical for Islam.

She also questioned the wealth of Fazl, Kundi and Khan, and went on to claim that whatever she owns is a result of her own hard work.

Kundi, she claimed, walks around in a suit and has a helipad. Taking another swipe at the JUI-F, Shaheen said Fazl’s father Mufti Mehmood, who was a respected dervish, used to sit on a charpai and live in a mud house. The JUI-F chief, however, owns thousands of acres of land in Dera Ismail Khan, she added.

The former actress also announced that she would contest elections from NA-48, Islamabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • Mar 29, 2013 - 10:15AM

    Bravo! Viva! Mubarak ho Musarrat Shaheen! You are truly a brave lady and we will support you against the portly and corpulent moulana. For example, look at the widespread poverty in Dera Ismail Khan. Salams


  • Ali
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:20AM

    well said, mussarat shaheen!
    you are definitely a better choice than fazlur rehmanRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:31AM

    Wah !!!!!!

    Excellent. I not only admire her courage but adore her for her very clear thoughts and in-depth analysis of the mindset of Maulana.


  • nasir afridi
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:35AM

    everyone is allowed to contest elections and i personally appreciate her this bold stepRecommend

  • RizwanKhan
    Mar 29, 2013 - 10:58AM

    O khanum kiya baat hey. We should have more women like you.


  • Mar 29, 2013 - 11:09AM

    Good luck brave lady, when men proved to be cowards and mullahs are the enemies of mankind.


  • adnan
    Mar 29, 2013 - 11:13AM

    Salute u madam for contesting elections against these corrupt & looter politicians of pakistan.Recommend

  • adnan
    Mar 29, 2013 - 11:15AM

    salute u madam for contesting elections against these corrupt & looters politicians of pakistan.


  • ayesha islam
    Mar 29, 2013 - 12:22PM

    I support this true muslim and will vote.for her in islamabad. I urge other muslim women to vote for her. She stands for our rights.


  • Great Khan
    Mar 29, 2013 - 1:28PM

    Go ahead Musarat, we are with u .. well done


  • Watan-e-Hindustan(Indian)
    Mar 29, 2013 - 1:43PM

    She is a liberal and also a women let god help her to win against the most corrupt and villainous and Venom spiting enemies of Mankind and turn Dera Ismail Khan to paradise with prosperity,peace,hygiene and health.


  • Stranger
    Mar 29, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Brave Girl !!


  • aziz
    Mar 29, 2013 - 2:47PM

    And this time she is not Acting!
    Well this is Pakistan! And they say women have no voice in our country.
    My vote is certainly for Mussarat! For what she has dared to say only. For doing what she says I will try to convince my wife to vote for her too!


  • kamal sapra
    Mar 29, 2013 - 2:51PM

    go ahead, Bold n liberal woman !! GOD is with u..


  • Salman
    Mar 29, 2013 - 5:05PM

    We’re with U! :) Go ahead


  • imme
    Mar 29, 2013 - 6:28PM

    You have just won my vote !!


  • abc
    Mar 29, 2013 - 9:44PM

    Brave lady – may the force be with her in defeating mullahsRecommend

  • Bhatti
    Mar 30, 2013 - 1:38AM

    @Stranger: Brave “Girl”? Dude that was decades ago!!


  • Sonia
    Mar 30, 2013 - 4:02AM

    Awesome!!! I hope she wins.


  • rajinder singh
    Apr 2, 2013 - 4:39AM

    i can see tht change is on its way, hopefully this time we our country gets bless by having right parliamentarians. god bless pakitsanRecommend

  • umar Dubai
    Apr 4, 2013 - 8:53PM

    brave lady having rocky courage and gusts


  • Hal Jil
    May 4, 2013 - 11:37PM

    Attagirl! As a Pashtun woman in Afghanistan, I give Musarrat Jan full marks and wish her all the best for both her activism and her courage!!!

    These charlatans who have relegated a noble religion to the backwoods of human rights, logic and universal dignity – need to be done away with, both for their greed as well as the sins they are resposible for… In destroying a religion and its philosophy, that was never meant to be implemented in the horrible, cruel and primitive manner – that it has been rendered to, by these self-serving crooks, each and every one of them, should be locked up and have the keys thrown away!!!


  • Hal Jil
    May 4, 2013 - 11:52PM

    @ayesha islam:

    You should ask for all women – regardless of religion to vote for her! Remember the extremism of men like Fazlur Rahman have come from excluding everyone else!!!


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