Gulalai Allegations: PTI Rejects Call for Parliamentary Probe

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Lahore (August 04, 2017): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shafqat Mahmood said the ruling party is behind allegations of sexual harassment levelled by Ayesha Gulalai against party chairman Imran Khan, warning Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of avoiding such filthy tactics.

He rejected the demand for a bi-partisan parliamentary committee to probe Ayesha Gulalai’s allegations against party chairman Imran Khan.

Speaking in a press conference, Mehmood said: “we will not accept the committee of our political rivals. We are ready for the probe but investigation on the issue must be transparent.”

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He slammed the political opponents for ‘launching filthy campaign’ against PTI after disqualification of Nawaz Sharif. Mahmood mentioned that the attack of Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed and ex-PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai’s allegations of sexual harassment against PTI Chairman Imran Khan. He said Shehbaz Sharif has run away from NA-120 by-election.

The PTI MNA warned PML-N to avoid such campaigns, assuring that their party will not respond with such attacks. “People who live in glass houses shouldn t throw stones,” he suggested.

He added that when political rivals will be investigating the case how it could be independent and transparent.

Mehmood said that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz is running a dirty campaign against Imran Khan.

“In the past they have used the same tactics against Benazir Bhutto and Nusrat Bhutto,” he added.

On the other hand, PTI candidate for NA-120 by-election pointed out that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) hasn’t kept complete voter list record of the constituency. She accused the ruling party of conducting pre-poll rigging in NA-120 with development projects being carried out after the issuance of by-election schedule. Also, she stressed that the PML-N fears her which is why they are yet to declare their NA-120 candidate.

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She said ECP hasn’t made it clear whether the election will be manual or biometric. Yasmin Rashid complained that if the by-poll is going to be biometric then necessary arrangements as well as awareness is required. The NA-120 candidate accused the ex-PM Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz of spending public funds on their personal expenditures including protocol and media cell.

On a question whether Imran Khan was behind a scattered opposition, Mahmood responded that we have an ideology against corruption so we cannot sit with those who are themselves corrupt. “The bad intentions of our enemies will never succeed.” he hoped.

The PTI leader said Chaudhry Nisar wished to be named as foreign minister, but he was not given the cabinet seat. He said that the civil society should be ashamed of itself for criticising the verdict of Supreme Court in Panama case, adding that it is the first time that a corrupt family has been held accountable.

Earlier, the National Assembly passed a resolution calling for the formation of a committee to probe Gulalai’s allegations against Imran Khan.

The resolution, put forward by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Arfa Khalid, calls for the committee to hold in-camera proceedings over the issue and submit its investigation report in a month.

The speaker has been asked to form the committee and include members of both treasury and opposition benches in it.

The resolution was supported by the PML-N, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement.PTI members were not present in the assembly when the resolution was taken up.
PM directs 24-hour protection for Gulalai

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Islamabad inspector general of police to provide 24-hour protection to Gulalai, who is still a MNA.

PM Abbasi said he made the decision after seeing news reports of threats against Gulalai. “Have never seen such an incident in my 30-year political career,” said Abbasi.

Speaking in the assembly, the prime minister said he respects both the accuser [Gulalai] as well as the person against whom the allegations are being levelled [Imran], adding that an in-camera parliamentary inquiry committee should probe the issue.

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