No, Ms Bakhtawar Zardari, a simple apology will not do

Published: January 23, 2017

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, and his sister Bakhtawar watch a fashion show. PHOTO: GETTY

After the harassment of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional’s (PML-F) Nusrat Sehr Abbasi in the hallowed precincts of the Sindh assembly, Ms Bakhtawar Zardari has asked her party’s parliamentarian, Imdad Pitafi to apologise to the female lawmaker for his lewd remarks about her.

No, Ms Bakhtawar Zardari, a simple apology, or notice from PPP, will not do. For too long now, your party’s parliamentarians have considered themselves above the law. We, the citizens of Karachi, have often escaped death by inches when members of your party and their sons break all traffic rules and drive recklessly on weekend nights. It’s time for them to realise that they should not be let off easily every time they break the law.

When lawmaker Imdad Pitafi contemptuously referred to fellow parliamentarian Nusrat Abbasi as “Madam Queen” and sneeringly asked her to come to his chamber, he was confident that no action would be taken against him. He is, after all, a member of the party which has done everything but provide good governance to the people of Sindh. He has seen that those who pilfer public funds and loot the treasury are able to get themselves elected again and again.

So, Ms Bakhtawar, please remember that what Mr Pitafi has done is something that comes naturally to him and his kind. It’s time to make such people realise that women are human beings and not slaves to be treated like animals. How would you have reacted if he had made such remarks about you or your sister Asifa? The action you take in this matter should be such that no male lawmaker would ever dare to harass another woman again.

And this can be done only when the errant parliamentarian Mr Imdad Pitafi is made to resign from the assembly and never allowed to contest elections on the Pakistan People’s Party ticket again. We are waiting Ms Bakhtawar, please be tough just this one time, we want our women to be respected and to be able to live without being considered as inferior beings with no rights of their own. Please expel Mr Pitafi from your party immediately.

This will send a clear message to others in your party not to think of themselves as being above the law. Now is the time for you to do what needs to be done, so do it, Ms Bakhtawar Zardari!

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (

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  • Patwari

    As they say blood is thicker than water. Ms Bakhtawar may be the most steadfast
    woman and may belong to the League of Extra Ordinary Women of Land of the Pure.
    But she will not say or do anything against her father’s Party of Expired People. After
    all it provides the moola to do ‘Zamindari’. Which she does. And enjoys.
    At last count pater familia had amassed dollars in excess of 4 billion. The maids, gardeners, Cordon Bleu chefs/cooks at the French Chateau need their monthly stipends. In Euros. Not counting the villas in Dubai.
    We must all remember and praise the Almighty that there are more than 4,000
    schools in beautiful Sindh, Operated by the Sindh Govt.’s Education Department
    with NOT a single student in them! Nobody knows where the operational money
    goes. It simply disappears!
    Then there is this small matter of starvation in Thar. Where last year alone 387
    children died for lack of medical attention. Because the doctors are on extended
    leaves or simply absent with full pay…while they work in Dubai or Emirates!!
    So, a Sindh assembly woman MPA who was abused and harassed merits just a passing condemnation. Nothing more.Recommend

  • Keyboard Soldier

    Bakhtawar has a very manly looking face. She looks like a WWE female wrestler.

    Sorry, had to say it.Recommend

  • Ahmar

    ….Comes naturally to “his” kind? What exactly is his kind?

    Imdad Pitafi called her “drama queen”, not Madam Queen, and he did it after Nusrat Sehar kept interrupting the assembly session and speaking out of order, even though she was allowed to ask three questions. She refused to sit down after making her little speech while the speaker kept asking her to let the session proceed.

    Afterwards, Nusrat Sehar Abbasi protested outside the assembly with a bottle of petrol vowing to burn herself up unless the Sind minister apologised to her. Call me crazy, but that is kinda drama queenish behavior.Recommend

  • Hind

    Wow. One of the biggest face, I’ve ever seenRecommend

  • Zaki

    Excellent! He and ‘His Kind’ needs to be punished!Recommend

  • farhan

    feminist and their absurditiesRecommend

  • Patwari

    Well, you being mentally challenged, are unable
    to see it’s a close up photograph.
    You can see the clear smooth skin and the beautiful,
    huge, expressive eyes.
    Make no mistake, Ms. Bakhtawar is beautiful, by
    any standards. Desi or Western.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Well, then yours must be puny by comparison.
    Or your standards relate to 4 feet tall midget women,
    who flourish in Hindustan.
    Do understand, there are strong, sturdy women, all over
    the Land of the Pure. From Sindh to Hunza. Who don’t wilt
    at the sound of a loud noise. And who know how to take
    care of themselves. In triplicate.
    Can’t blame you really, you being used to Bharati standards.Recommend

  • Imran Haider

    Well, thats exactly what I was about to say. its a 100% ladyboy face!Recommend

  • Fahim

    She looks like her brother. People call Billawal as billo as he has girlish looks while you are calling her as manly looking face. Either he look like girl or she look like man, both can’t be true at same time.Recommend