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Punjab MPA’s remarks against female lawmaker flayed

Lawmakers during a Sindh Assembly session on Friday condemned the abusive language used by MPA Sheikh Alauddin against a female lawmaker in the Punjab Assembly, and demanded the legislator’s suspension.

When Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Farheen Mughal, who had also spoken about the issue during the previous assembly session, quoted what Alauddin had said to the female lawmaker, every MPA present stood up and chanted “shame, shame” in unison.

Later, Mughal said Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal had committed an injustice against women by allowing Alauddin to use such derogatory language.

She also questioned as to why the superior judiciary was silent over the incident and not yet taken suo moto notice.

In a fit of anger, Mughal said if Alauddin had used such language in the Sindh Assembly, they [female MPAs] would have “killed him”. Calling for Alauddin’s arrest, she said it was the “voice of their hearts” that the Punjab MPA be hanged.

Talking about Yusuf Raza Gilani’s disqualification as the prime minister, Ayesha Khoso, also a PPP MPA, said whenever politicians expressed their desire to strengthen the parliament, conspiracies were hatched to remove them.

“Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged because he wanted to empower parliament and now Yusuf Raza Gilani has fallen victim to the same conspiracy.”

Adding to Khoso’s remarks, PPP’s Dr Abdul Sattar Rajpar said one of his party’s prime ministers was hanged and another disqualified. He wondered what would be the “fate” of the next prime minister, as arrest warrants were issued to the party’s previous candidate for the position.

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