'Immoral activities': NA speaker asks Jamshed Dasti to present proof

Published: February 28, 2014
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Dasti had claimed that parliament lodges were becoming a 'centre of immoral activities.' PHOTO: AGENCIES

Dasti had claimed that parliament lodges were becoming a 'centre of immoral activities.' PHOTO: AGENCIES

ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Friday wrote a letter to member of the parliament Jamshed Dasti, asking him to present proofs for his claims regarding parliament lodges becoming a “centre of immoral activities,” Express News reported.

Sadiq has asked Dasti to meet him in chamber on March 3 with all the evidence he has.

On February 27, Dasti had stunned fellow parliamentarians when he had said that liquor worth millions of rupees was supplied in the parliament lodges and that a pungent smell of hashish engulfs the area.

“Girls are brought in the lodges and dance parties [take place],” Dasti had alleged, claiming that he has evidence in the form of video footage of mujras taking place in the lodges.

There are 359 suites in the Parliament Lodges, 83 of which are reserved for members of the Senate, while the other 276 are for MNAs.

‘Allegations are baseless’

While addressing the National Assembly today, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated that the allegations levelled by Jamshed Dasti were baseless as it was not possible for the ‘immoral activities’ to go undetected in the parliament lodges because of the security apparatus in place.

He also said there were 23 cameras in place at the entrance and exit points and it was impossible for such activities to take place.

Nisar further stated that since respectable families of parliamentarians including children also live in these parliament lodges, these ‘immoral activities’ cannot take place there.

Will provide evidence

Dasti, while to speaking to the media in Islamabad, said that he will present the evidence regarding the “immoral activities” in the Parliament lodges in front of the speaker of the National Assembly in chamber.

He also said that he does not have any personal enmity against anyone, adding that he does not need cheap popularity.

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  • Asif Maalik
    Feb 28, 2014 - 12:03PM

    Mr. Jamshed Dasti himself was the guilty in the fake degree case, was it not immortal, so how can he raise his finger to others whom activities done privately has nothing to do with the parliamentarian affairs and national interest.
    Mr. Dasti belongs to the southern Punjab which is a safe haven for jehadi outfits, so while the national assembly was discussing the national security policy to meet the challenges of terrorism; he pleaded an issue which has no importance. In my humble view he deliberately tried to divert the attention from the core issue to help jehadis indirectly.

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  • Zia Imran
    Feb 28, 2014 - 12:15PM

    Interesting allegations by Mr. Dasti. Let’s see what he has to support his claims. BTW the street wisdom in Islamabad confirms what Mr. Dasti has to say !Recommend

  • Feb 28, 2014 - 1:45PM

    Well said Asif Maalik

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  • GulNaseeb
    Feb 28, 2014 - 1:45PM

    Well done Dasti sb,
    It is an open secret speaker sb, no proof required for this notorious activity.

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Feb 28, 2014 - 1:49PM

    Next his camera will move to PM house and other high walled houses occupied by those who matter most in these activities and considered as Holy Priests by their followers.Recommend

  • String theory.
    Feb 28, 2014 - 1:50PM

    Ok so He gave the evidence against He is accusing. Cool idea. Y not settle impartial honest panel to inquire the serious matter

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  • AF
    Feb 28, 2014 - 1:51PM

    ” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated that the allegations levelled by Jamshed Dasti were baseless as it was not possible for the ‘immoral activities’ to go undetected in the parliament lodges because of the security apparatus in place. ”
    WHAT AN INTERESTING STATEMENT BY INTERIOR MINISTER … …. !!!!
    IF HE IS CORRECT TO CLAIM IT , THEN IT WAS QUITE OBVIOUS THAT DESPITE HAVING FOOL PROOF SYSTEM, THE PM AND HE ARE TO BE EQUALLY BLAMED FOR OPPOSING TO GET THE THUMB IMPRESSIONS VERIFIED BY NADRA IN FOR HIDING THEIR RIGGING SINS HAD SACKED CHAIRMAN, NADRA.
    ” Dasti’s allegations & proofs will AS USUAL be declared false and baseless by the investigation team as the investigation team members will will not risk their jobs by going against the wish of the rulers “.

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  • Parvez
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:02PM

    Pointless exercise…………..because when all are guilty then none are guilty.

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  • MAD
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:06PM

    @Zia Imran: fully agree with you.

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  • Malik
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:11PM

    The same old game of vilifying politics and politicians has again started. First Altaf Hussain absurdly calls for martial law which is followed by Jamshed Dasti alleging the party culture at the Parliament Lodges. It is a very old and tested trick – present the politicians as weak, meek and morally and financially corrupt . Remember the ghost written books – parliament say baza-e-husn tak!

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  • Nikki
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:16PM

    So thugs are enjoying on public money after elected to represent their people and to address the people’s issues in the Parliament. These notorious MPAs don’t deserve for politics,they should join film industries, drug Mafia and Heera mandi. These type of MPAs are taboo for Islamic Republic of Pakistan.They don’t bother what is happening in Pakistan,facing serious crisis,they need Hitler type ruler,thus their generation will not think about politics.EC and SC should take notice.Recommend

  • shahid
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:17PM

    @GulNaseeb:
    Maybe speaker sb video is also there

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  • azhar
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:20PM

    i think speaker should take notice on it seriously. this is not a joke. dasti should come up with name and evidences. all named should undergo for medical checkup.Recommend

  • W Akhtar
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:25PM

    Its not even a secret – its blatantly open!

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  • Farooq
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:25PM

    Majority of the whole bunch is corrupt

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  • Atif I. Malik
    Feb 28, 2014 - 2:32PM

    Jamshed Dasti’s allegation must be investigated by a neutral non-parliamentarian committee to stop any sort of malpractice in future.

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  • ahmer
    Feb 28, 2014 - 3:58PM

    Moral policing should not be allowed. If someone is drinking or womanizing, it is thier personal matter. the state has nothing to do with it. Discussing such things when the country is hit by terrorism is stupidity. As mentioned above, Dasti himself is not only immoral but also a criminal as he was convicted for having a fake degree. He should be banned and kicked out of the parliament.

    We had a similar issue in our office where holier then thou anonymous mailers kept mailing such things. We eventually took action against the anonymous mailer by tracking them down. The issue disappeared permanently. Only small minds talk about people….whereas we should have action to improve the country.Recommend

  • observer
    Feb 28, 2014 - 4:28PM

    This country has no entertainment. Our minds have been indoctrinated. There is no outlet for clean healthy entertainment. We pretend to be holier than thou, we pretend to be puritans, we pretend to be pure, as the name of this country suggests. All humans have “feelings”,emotions, we think of the west as being immoral, but the west provides outlets for its citizens, for all its citizens, men, women, children. We wish to hide, we wish to pretend, we cannot discuss. Lots of subjects are simply taboo. So is it not better to simply become more honest with our own feelings, be honest that we need entertainment, diversions. A society which is open, which is more honest with its own feelings, which addresses human nature, is a far better society than one that pretends. When we get rid of our hypocrisy, bigotry, double standards, and become more honest with ourselves, we will be better of.

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  • Ahsan
    Feb 28, 2014 - 4:38PM

    I have lived 100 yds away from these lodges for first 24 years of my life, I have been inside the lodges for free medical treatment and I can attest that the street perception is the same as Dasti. When inside I could always smell cigarette and misc tobacco smoke everywhere. The air was mysterious and suspicious. Personally did not witness any dance parties but then I was never inside the rooms, only lobbies and people who have been inside the rooms as waiters and cleaners would say that Dasti is not even covering half of what happens there and this I am talking about early 90s, can only imagine what happens now.

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 28, 2014 - 4:55PM

    @ahmer:

    But not at the cost of the State? The house ethic committee should address this issue and cut down the privilages of wine and dine for the parliamentareans before the islamic groups bring down the facilities.

    Rex Minor

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  • Mansoor
    Feb 28, 2014 - 5:08PM

    If he is unable to provide any proof to substantiate his allegations, the NA should initiate proceedings to rescind his membership.

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 28, 2014 - 6:25PM

    @Mansoor:

    Do you want the proof? The reported hordes of foreign women( some picked up by the Police) who are now flocking the cantonment city which was named Islamabad which later experienced the destruction of the mosque and the murder of politicians. Do you really want it to become the city of Pompei?

    Rex Minor

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  • sajida
    Feb 28, 2014 - 6:30PM

    When they are getting an all paid holiday package with a fat paycheck to spend than what else can you expect from them.

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  • SM
    Feb 28, 2014 - 7:05PM

    The reality is that brothels at all levels of our society do exist and that bootleggers peddle all sorts of alcohol all over Pakistan, specially Islamabad. Booz leaks out of the Marriott and the assorted embassies all over Islamabad, and has so for years.

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  • Prakash
    Feb 28, 2014 - 7:16PM

    I think Pakistanis have hit the self-destruct button. Agreed, these things have to be stopped. But for an MP to talk about it in an open forum only ruins the image of Pakistan. Why is there so much anger against each other? As it is, Pakistan has some serious existential challenges.

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  • SM
    Feb 28, 2014 - 7:34PM

    @Asif Maalik:
    Anything done, private or public, by public officials is the business of the masses… This is the basis of democracy. Remember Mr. Clinton and the Monica Lewinsky scandal?

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  • bash gul
    Feb 28, 2014 - 8:05PM

    This is nothing new. No one mentioning what Dr SHahid Masood said on TV. An indian actress was paid one million dollars to perform at a private party in Pakistan. Jamshed Dasti just wants cheap publicity. Its one’s personal and private matter what he does in his room as long as no one else is disturbed.

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  • adnan
    Feb 28, 2014 - 8:26PM

    If mujras and drinking is illegal, it should not be happening and everybody involved should be punished according to the law. If the assembly members are so keen of these, why don’t they pass a bill and make these legal!!Recommend

  • Sam
    Feb 28, 2014 - 8:51PM

    @Ahmer: Immortal personal activities make a person vulnerable to more corruption. If this is their life style then they can go ahead and go home, but not while holding public office for “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” as there is nothing Islamic about these activities.Recommend

  • SM
    Feb 28, 2014 - 9:03PM

    Somehow Pakistanis have come to the conclusion that Islam has no place in public sphere… very sad for a country made in the name of Islam…Recommend

  • sall90
    Feb 28, 2014 - 9:22PM

    Proof is in the photo.Recommend

  • ARW
    Feb 28, 2014 - 9:28PM

    @bash gul:
    Are you kidding? One Million Dollar????Recommend

  • Jibran
    Feb 28, 2014 - 11:34PM

    @SM:
    You have no clue what you are talking about. The issue with Monica Lewinsky Affair was first and foremost mudslinging, and the basis for impeachment was Obstruction of Justice NOT what they did in their bedrooms. Recommend

  • Jibran
    Feb 28, 2014 - 11:38PM

    If he had anything concrete, it would already have made it to the internet. Dasti is not that an honest man not to circulate damaging material. He should understand that he cannot always cry in the court and on the camera to avoid legal repercussions. This time he might not be that lucky. Recommend

  • SM
    Mar 1, 2014 - 2:19AM

    @Jibran:
    Impeachment is not what we are talking here; it happened because Clinton lied and was playing games with the truth. That said, the reality is that it was his affair with Lewinsky that I referred to, not the impeachment.
    Regardless of what Clinton did, the point here is that our leaders are responsible for all their deeds, private or public. They can be even asked about the source of the money that paid for the clothes on their backs.

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 1, 2014 - 2:31AM

    @sajida:
    To go on holidays with their families, and not fornicate with strangers in parliament buildings.

    Rex Minor

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Mar 1, 2014 - 2:47AM

    @Nikki:

    EC and SC appointed RO’ are the one who brought these corrupt and incompetent poliicians to the parliament. These MNA’s did not attend parliament for making laws or discussion as the PM never bother to discuss issues in parliament. He, the PM, like to play jehan panah and just ordered things perhaps he discusses his family members.
    The point is when the boss is away the mice play.

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  • RHS
    Mar 1, 2014 - 4:53AM

    This is the LEAST of Pakistan’s problems today. Wake up and smell the coffee….

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  • Mar 1, 2014 - 10:08AM

    There can be 123 cameras and they will all be turned off when immoral activities are to be started. If the roots are infected by fungus, the leaves will be rotten. Pakistani parliamentarians…….always in the news for the wrong reasons. Jamshed Dasti must now prove his point as a local TV channel also telecast the issue. Expose the parliamentarians further. Salams

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  • SK
    Mar 1, 2014 - 11:48AM

    @Asif Maalik:
    I also beg to differ from your opinion that every one has the right to indulge in immoral activities in solitude. Yes to a certain extent it is true because we are all answerable for our hidden or revealed acts to Allah. But not these politicians they are also answerable to this nation who send them to the Parliament for better or worse.

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  • Rex Minor
    Mar 1, 2014 - 3:47PM

    @RHS

    This is a major problem in a city which is the epi centre of CIA and other foreign intelligence units. Pakistan needs to follow Iranian practice of creating a special police force which oversees the moral behaviour of the peoples representative legislators instead of blespheming the poor non muslim members of the community. We have currently a scadal in Germany about a legislator who is accused of ordering nude photos of children from Canad.

    Rex Minor. :

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  • kk
    Mar 1, 2014 - 8:59PM

    what kind of people we r sending to NA,mr.dasti should talk on national issues instead on peeping in the rooms of peopleRecommend

  • iftikhar ali
    Apr 14, 2014 - 2:59AM

    He has the right to feel pain for such a serious matter. No one should criticize him rather should give him support to unveil the people involved. All opposing him have directly or indirectly involved in the situation being talked about ( Mujra and other activities) I believe that such things exist because of which Pakistan is on the way of destruction.

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