Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today called for the formation of a special commission to investigate allegations of harassment against Pakistani President Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, MNA of Ayesha Gulalai.
The prime minister was addressing the National Assembly shortly after his cabinet was sworn in a ceremony in the presidency. After the ceremony, Abbasi presided over a newly formed cabinet meeting.
Abbasi, in his speech before lawmakers, called for the formation of a special committee to examine allegations against Khan in the chamber and suggested that the Committee report to the house after his investigation so that the “problem can be closed.” The assembly approved the proposal and ordered the committee to present its report within a month.
He has assured both the accused and the accuser that he would be respected, adding that the PTI chief had the “right to defend himself”.
Abbasi also promised 24-hour protection for 24 MP Gulalai after saying on television that he feared for his life.
While announcing his departure from the PTI earlier this week, Gulalai accused Khan and his “gang” have “immoral”.
MP Waziristan alleged that Khan “transmitted inappropriate and explicit text messages to women of the party”, saying that he received the first message of this kind in 2013.
Debate on the Assembly
In response to a call for a committee, the main whip PTI Shireen Mazari said that if the investigations would be carried out, they should start by Khawaja Asif, the new chancellor, when he had passed offensive against her on the floor of the Assembly.
Last year in June, Asif had used a derogatory language to refer to Mazari, saying: “Someone who is driving this tractor to be silent” when she and other lawmakers have protested against a speech at the meeting.
During Friday’s session, Mazar said Asif had not apologized to her after the incident, questioning why the female members of the PML-N had not cast a vote at this time.
“If Ayesha Gulalai shows, she must go ahead. She has no proof,” added M. Mazari.
PML-N MNA Marvi Memon, on the other hand, praised Gulalai and thanked him for bringing ‘reality before the country.’ “Memon said Gulalai gave” voice to those who have remained silent. ”
“If a man had raised the question, it would have been different, a woman [member] ITP raised this question,” said M. Memon, refute PTI accusations Gulalai was used by the PML-N to denounce celebration.
The Nafeesa Shah PPP MP also addressed the House, saying that Khan had the right to defend himself in this matter. He wondered if the ITP is taking action against the party workers had targeted Sister Gulalai.
Another PPP member, Shagufta Jumani, came out in defense of Gulalai. “If these problems continue, women are forced to stay home.”
The PTI word war and the PML-N
The accusations against Gulalai Khan caused a furor among party members and deepen an existing defect with the PML-N decision, accusing the PTI to say that it has devised a stratagem to expose the head of the PTI.