FATA Commission of Human Rights speaks out in support of Ayesha Gulalai

  • FATA Commission of Human Rights speaks out in support of Ayesha Gulalai

FATA Commission of Human Rights speaks out in support of Ayesha Gulalai

The scandal erupted on Tuesday after Ayesha Gulalai, a National Assembly member from the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, announced she was quitting Khan's opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, alleging that he had no respect for women and had sent her obscene text messages.

In his first public remark on Ayesha Gulalai's allegations, Imran Khan said he would not say anything derogatory against her.

Aseefa further said that a stench of toxic masculinity hangs heavy in the air in Pakistan, while standing up to powerful men is not an easy task.

On Saturday, Malik Jalal Khan Wazir, speaking at a press conference, said Gulalai neither belonged to Waziristan, nor was she a tribal woman "because whatever she had done during last four days was against the norms of tribal people".

He suspected the PML-N had used Gulalai and their "old smear tactics" to achieve their own ends.

Mr Abbasi said it was a question of honour and dignity of the house and "we have to enhance its prestige", adding that investigations by the special committee would allow both sides to defend themselves.

Gulalai has not released any of the alleged text messages, prompting many in Pakistan to believe the case may be politically motivated. "This is an issue concerning the House's integrity-I will suggest forming a closed-door, special committee to probe the allegations and present its findings in the House", Abbasi told Parliament.

"The PTI worker has submitted an application but the crime has not been taken place in my area so he should instead go to the court and file a writ petition", Dawn quoted him as saying.

Khan, along with the PTI's top brass, batted down the allegations, accusing Sharif's ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of using money to defame political rivals. Naeem-ul-Haque in his text message had stated, I am alone and want to marry, claimed Gulalai.