If it’s unfair to believe an allegation, it is also unfair to doubt Ayesha Gulalai and call her names

Published: August 2, 2017
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These so-called educated supporters jumped to the blind defence of Imran and insulted Gulalai in a way that reeked of misogyny. PHOTO: SCREENSHOT

A few months ago, I wrote an article where I pointed out that both the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were promoting a misogynist culture. In the said article, I criticised PML-N leaders like Khawaja Asif and Javed Latif for spewing filthy language against women in rival political parties.

I further argued that PTI was also indulging in the same practice as an overwhelming number of its supporters have repeatedly abused prominent women politicians and also public figures. I cited examples of Malala Yousafzai, Asma Jahangir, Reham Khan and Maryam Nawaz. I also wrote about how Dr Shireen Mazari and her daughter were abused mercilessly when the former had left the party for some time in 2012.

As usual, I was vehemently opposed by a large number of PTI supporters who jumped to the emotional and self-righteous defence of their favourite political party. Some accused me and even The Express Tribune staff of being on PML-N’s payroll, even though the article had actually attacked PML-N leaders. Some accused me of making false analogies as they claimed that the behaviour of ‘heavy weight’ PML-N leaders like Khwaja Asif could not be equated with the online behaviour of ‘ordinary’ PTI supporters.

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Yesterday, a sitting female PTI Member of the National Assembly (MNA), Ayesha Gulalai, made scathing allegations against the leadership of PTI, particularly Imran Khan, in a live press conference. She spoke about sexism in the party, something another female leader, Naz Baloch also complained about a few days prior. But the most damaging allegations were of sexual harassment against Imran.

Considering the seriousness of the allegations, one would have thought that PTI supporters who claim to be more ‘educated’ would at least question their leadership. However, that did not happen. These so-called educated supporters jumped to the blind defence of Imran and insulted Gulalai in a way that reeked of misogyny. As I write these sentences, the tirade against Gulalai is continuing and sadly, some PTI women are also a part of it.

The worst effect of this has been the ‘official’ response from PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry. In his response, Chaudhry called Gulalai an opportunist and a sell-out. Furthermore, he went as far as claiming that she was being used by PML-N. But he did not stop there either, as he went on to make derogatory remarks about Gulalai’s sister, Maria Wazir Toorpakai, the famous squash player. He accused Wazir of “maligning” Pakhtun culture by wearing shorts.

Predictably, his crude and vulgar response was labelled brave by PTI supporters. Here, I would like to make several points. First of all, PTI supporters should remember that Chaudhry has also made some ‘interesting’ remarks about Imran and his followers in the past. So if these supporters think that his current remarks are true and reek of bravery, then frankly, they should also consider his earlier remarks to be true.

Second, this entire episode speaks volumes about the internal culture of PTI and the attitude of its supporters. The party and its support base have elevated Imran to a cult-like status and anyone who is critical of him is punished and side-lined. Those who dare to leave the party and criticise PTI’s demi god are abused and trolled. It does not matter whether it is a woman or not, they are ready to show complete disrespect.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the Oscar winning documentary maker, also pointed out this obvious reality in her tweet:

Third, Chaudhry should remember that he himself is an opportunist and a turncoat who left the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) when the party’s fortunes dwindled in Punjab. What’s worse is that he changed his loyalty after calling Imran names. Before joining PPP in 2012, he had also served as General Pervez Musharraf’s spokesman. Coming from his mouth, allegations of Gulalai being an opportunist and a sell-out reek of hypocrisy.

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Fourth, he should also remember that Maria Wazir is Pakistan’s pride and an immensely brave woman. In my article a few weeks ago, I highlighted how she has defied gender stereotypes and pursued her dreams. Wearing shorts does not demean her stature and accomplishments.

Despite his education, Chaudhry has indulged in a typical male chauvinistic behaviour. Further, by dragging Gulalai’s sister into this matter, he has mimicked the behaviour of the PML-N MNA Javed Latif. Ironically at that time, he had vehemently condemned Latif yet now he ends up hypocritically emulating him.

Fifth, this episode highlights one of our society’s deep-rooted problems. Whenever a woman musters up the courage to speak up against harassment, instead of sympathy and encouragement, she faces ridicule. This problem of blaming the victim becomes more acute when the alleged harasser is a famous person. Allegations like ‘she is just doing this to garner fame’ become a common tactic to disregard the victim. At times, women also partake in this victim-blaming exercise which shows that misogyny is deeply rooted and has been internalised.

Many PTI supporters have pointed that it is unfair to simply ‘believe’ an allegation. To be fair, it is perhaps not right to simply believe the accuser. Every accused person should be given a chance to defend himself. However, by the same logic, it is also unfair to simply doubt the accuser and call Gulalai names. I think Mehreen Zahra Malik has put it eloquently in her tweet:

Perhaps we should all listen to this advice.

raza.habib

Raza Habib Raja

The author is a recent Cornell graduate and currently pursuing his PhD in political science at Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He has also worked for a leading development finance institution in Pakistan. He is a freelance journalist whose works have been published at Huffington Post, Dawn (Pakistan), Express Tribune (Pakistan) and Pak Tea House. He tweets @razaraja (twitter.com/razaraja?lang=en)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Shabaz Ali

    With all due respect to Miss Gulalai, if there is any proof of these texts, as she has stated there is, then why not publish them?Recommend

  • Ab Rar

    All your argument is around the premise that Gulalei is a woman.Well.. it doesnt matter what gender she is.If she is going to come out and level allegations of such magnitude then she should take whatever comes at her on the chin instead of hiding behind her gender.Recommend

  • Ahmar

    Fawad Chaudhry is a sellout. He works for the highest bidder in the market. In the past, he was on Musharraf’s payroll and vilifying PPP+PML. Then he was bought by PPP and started criticizing their opponents. Last year he joined PTI for a higher paycheck.

    If you look at his record, you will find that he is always hired on a salary and not for political principles. The man has no moral compass.Recommend

  • Asif Paracha

    Imran Khan going after Gullali? Come on! He has women throwing themselves at him everywhere he goes and he woo the youngest and the most beautiful. Not likely.Recommend

  • layla hai

    “He accused Wazir of “maligning” Pakhtun culture by wearing shorts.”
    Where did he say this? Maybe I missed but I heard him saying that Ayesha accuses Imran of bringing western culture but it is an irony that her own sister wears shorts, and he added that no one has a problem with that and it is actually commendable. Where did he say that her sister is maligning the pakhtun culture?Recommend

  • layla hai

    ‘…. this episode highlights one of our society’s deep-rooted problems. Whenever a woman musters up the courage to speak up against harassment, instead of sympathy and encouragement, she faces ridicule. This problem of blaming the victim becomes more acute when the alleged harasser is a famous person. ”
    I would like to add that, as a woman from a professional education background, it is also EXTREMELY easy and convinient to accuse and form allegations against a famous man. It is extremely easy to say, I was harrassed! It is because women know that there will be fools who will blindly believe her accusations without the need for any proof. SAD truth of our society. Secondly If I were in her place being HARRASSED like that, I wouldn’t waste a second to just outright leave that place forever instead of sticking for 4 years. Your article was a huge disappointment and an unfair analysis. Although I do agree with some of the points about the fat guy.
    You also mention that Imran Khan has been viewed as a demi god in his party! well Isn’t Nawaz Sharif considered a demi God in N-league??? Despite all the proofs people are still heralding his name as if he is a messenger of God or as if he deserves to be crowned despite eating up MAJOR resources of a country?
    Imran Khan truly deserves the praise, he was a common man and made his way as a common man with true altruistic efforts. PMLN have always used the religious card and women against him.
    They know that even the so called educated awam goes bonkers when a women and harrassment words are put together. What a lethal combination to use against someone!
    Also, Ayesha is rightly crticised. Just how dumb it is to say ” Jo b hain Nawaz sharif khandani banda hai ” :p lol! really?
    I am quite disappointed in PTI as well. Why have they given charity seats to people of such calibre?Recommend

  • Parvez

    Nicely said….allegations are only allegations unless the accuser proves them. In this case if fairness is to be maintained the same punishment that is being demanded by the accuser should also be levied on her, if the accusations prove to be false.Recommend

  • Ben Youssef

    When woman come forward with an allegation of sexual harassment, she must be believes unless the evidence suggest otherwise. The berating of this MP in the last 24 hours demonstrate how far Pakistan and Pakistani society have to go if they want to eradicate sexual harassment.Recommend

  • osman

    lifafa. 90% of his blogs are against PTI.Recommend

  • WatchWhatYouSay

    As an alleged “recent Cornell graduate” you surely make a lot of snobbish assumptions.

    1) You state “Many PTI supporters have pointed that it is unfair to simply ‘believe’
    an allegation. To be fair, it is perhaps not right to simply believe the
    accuser. Every accused person should be given a chance to defend
    himself”

    Did you know that in a secular democractic society, a defendant does not have to present a case to defend himself or herself? Rather the accuser, in this case Ayesha, has to present evidence for her allegations. If she cannot present evidence, surely, we cannot simply call her a liar, but if the evidence she presents is discredible, then surely, it is rational to assume she is a liar.

    2) You state “Fifth, this episode highlights one of our society’s deep-rooted
    problems. Whenever a woman musters up the courage to speak up against
    harassment, instead of sympathy and encouragement, she faces ridicule.
    This problem of blaming the victim becomes more acute when the alleged
    harasser is a famous person.”

    Where is your evidence for the myth that you are perpetuating? Secondly, how do you know Ayesha mustered up the courage to speak up against harassment, when she has not proven yet that harassment actually took place?

    Have a good day. Recommend

  • wb

    Why is anyone surprised? Imran Khan’s history proves that he’s a man of very very low moral standards. In fact, all Pakistanis have low moral standards when it comes to women. Don’t believe me? Watch the following video.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh6THpU87wQRecommend

  • ss

    typical response of a PTI follwer blinded by Khan’s love. You are no different from the jialas and the noonis you so vigorously despise.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Your comment mentions Imran Khan….while the video you posted is about Nawaz Sharif……would you like to clarify ? Have I missed something ?Recommend

  • Phantom

    “A few months ago, I wrote an article where I pointed out that both the Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) were promoting a misogynist culture. In the said article, I criticised PML-N leaders like Khawaja Asif and Javed Latif for spewing filthy language against women in rival political parties.

    I further argued that PTI was also indulging in the same practice as an overwhelming number of its supporters have repeatedly abused prominent women politicians and also public figures.”

    It boggles my mind how the author can rationalize a comparison between Khawaja Asif (a prominent PMLN respresentative in a position of power and responsibility) and internet fan-boys.

    Let’s be clear. The language used by internet fan-boys often transcends into vulgarity. This is negative behavior and should be condemned whenever possible.
    However, it is important to point out, that PTI is not the only party with internet fan-boys. If you visit a PMLN forum or post, you will find the same sort of vulgarity and negativity being spewed against PTI, its leader, and pointedly the women who support the party.

    It is also pertinent to point out that internet fan-boyism is not a phenomenon limited to Pakistani society or the PTI vs PMLN debate.
    This is a very widespread affliction, and merely browsing youtube or facebook or twitter will give anyone an idea about just how serious people can get over “IPhone vs Android”, Football, Star Wars, Justin Bieber, and a host of other trivial topics.
    This phenomenon is the result of immaturity that needs to be addressed with education.

    Now it is very important that hate speech spewed by elected members of the government in high positions of authority and responsibility (like Khawaja Asif) not be mixed and compared with internet trolls. It cheapens the debate.

    It is important that we treat both issues separately.

    With regard to Ms Gulalai, she claims she has the proof, and yet so far has not presented it. She claims she decided to leave the party months ago, yet just a few days ago asked Imran for the party ticket. There are just so many moth-holes in her statements that it becomes hard to take her seriously, even though this is such a serious topic and a real issue faced by society.Recommend

  • israr khan

    We will soon find out that what she is claiming to be a harassment is actually NOTHING .. a text msg is nothing .. so has ik looked at u in evil way, has he touched u or made u and offer … I mean these things he should have done when he was giving tickets but u stayed mna for ages and ik never used u physically just msg u … and kept u mna on RESERVE SEAT… I do not really care she is a women or a man she lied as simple as that and that is the only way to get any prove out of her if she has anyRecommend

  • RHR

    At least learn maths. I have written 60 articles and only 12 or 13 pertain to PTI. That is hardly 90%. Typical PTI self obsessionRecommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    That’s funny, you don’t remember the wild allegations leveled by Imran Khan in the past? Like 35 punctures, for instance?Recommend

  • salman

    You need to rewatch it with your anti-PTI glasses on. Then it will all make sense!Recommend

  • salman

    Reminds me of DAniyal Aziz – just less paranoid :)Recommend

  • salman

    Yes, you missed the sarcasm :)Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    In any civilized country (like UK), a man accused of sexual harassment would have to resign and face humiliation (if he could not prove his innocence). In the US recently, Anthony Wiener (married to Huma Abedin) was in a similar situation to what Imran Khan is in today. He had to resign from Congress. In the 1960s, UK’s defense minister John Profumo had to resign in disgrace after being found involved with two call girls. Imran Khan should either prove his innocence, or quit politics permanently,Recommend

  • salman

    I don’t know if this lady is lying or not. But she did say that in her press conferences she will show the evidence. She didn’t. Then she says she is too busy with her Phd to go to court. Does she want anything done about it, or is she just happy to make accusations and leave it at that? Just wondering…Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    So it is up to the man to prove she is lying, and this can be done only if he submits his cell phone for examination. If he does not do so, it should be assumed he is guilty. And knowing him, this is not the last accusation against him. I’m confident there will be more scandals in the near future.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    I heard a woman (Alia Hamza) of PTI talking about Aisha’s sister wearing un-Islamic dress. The irony was that Alia’s head was uncovered all the time she was talking about Islam! Either she should follow the Islamic dress code or stop telling others what to wear.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “He has women throwing themselves at him everywhere he goes”. Really? Would you count Jemima & Reham Khan among those who throw themselves at him?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    You can’t ask a woman to prove sexual harassment. It’s up to the man (in such cases) to prove that he is innocent, and that can be done easily if he submits his smart phone to the authorities. If he’s proved innocent, he can take legal action against her. If he refuses to give his phone, there is definitely something wrong, and he should quit politics altogether.Recommend

  • Zain Ahmed Khan

    1- PTI (and Fawad Chaudhary) reaction is wrong. Agreed.
    2- PTI party culture has problems. Agreed.
    3- Talk of truncoats is a baseless argument. Agreed.
    4- Calling Gullalai or her family members names is wrong. Agreed.
    5- Victims of harassment who speak up should not be shamed . Agreed (rather they should be supported).
    6- If you say Gulalalai should not be called names then IK should also not be called any names but no mention of that in your article.
    7- And no mention of what is your view in terms of burden of proof in this case. In my view, it lies solely on Gulalai, if she does not, then she faces defamation consequences.
    8- Finally, we talk a lot about harassment of women in this country & rightly so. But why no mention of the possibility of the story being other way round, where it is a fact, that there a lot of false harassment cases against men by women. I think as a society, we should stay fair to both genders.
    9- Also, kindly show the comments on televised and social media against IK after Gulalai’s accusations? Why only PTI social media is mentioned, but not PMLN social media.Recommend

  • Zain Ahmed Khan

    She can submit it to court and ask them not make it public. She can show them to the women’s parliamentary caucus to other women. There is no taboo in this. We should be proud of such brave woman. Why are we making this a taboo for her to present the proofs. Harassment is a crime but it is in the end a ‘crime’ and is to be treated under law as all other crimes and the procedure remains the same here. The accuser presents evidence, court decides if is sufficient to inquire the accused to clear his position or not, or if the presented evidence in insufficient and the petition is discarded. Law should not change with gender.Recommend

  • RHR

    PTI supporter?
    Read the full article at least! It actually answers many points! You leapt to the conclusion after a para!
    Recommend

  • RHR

    And you have to watch and listen after removing your PTI rose tinted glasses! Recommend

  • RHR

    PTI supporter?Recommend

  • ab

    I am a PTI supporter and i would love to see all the allegation ,including text messages being discussed in the court of law.Recommend

  • salman

    I did notice that you didn’t correct or refute layla hai’s initial comment :)Recommend

  • salman

    But in this case, she herself said she will provide the proof in her press conference. Then she didn’t. No one is forcing her, she volunteered to do it. Then didn’t.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Ok ….. I took it at face value.Recommend

  • wb

    Yes, you missed a lot. I said all Pakistanis have low moral standards. And the example I gave was of your PM. It’s a wisdom of Islam (as claimed by Hassan Nisar) that “a population gets the ruler they deserve”. In English: “A tree doesn’t grow far from the apple.”

    Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Yahya Khan etc etc represent all you Pakistanis.

    That’s my point.Recommend

  • wb

    But in the same US, Trump with accusations of serial sexual assault and rape was voted to be the President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • wb

    A typical Muslim mindset!! Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan

    Imam Calibri, you can expect such a violent response from PTI supporter.Recommend

  • Lalic Jaan

    Actually you missed the point in about mile and half.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan

    At least Ayesha Gulalai is right about some of it like PTI is a corrupt party and Imran Niazi is a jaali Khan along with many other facts.Recommend

  • RHR

    PTI Troll trivializing harassment!Recommend

  • Asif Paracha

    Not really but then there are plenty of women who do. He does not have to really hunt for girlfriends. Know what i mean?Recommend

  • Ahmar

    They’re both sellouts and become the spokesperson for the highest bidder.Recommend

  • Ahmar

    I suggest PTI should file a petition against her allegations in the court and demand evidence for her claim or pay up for damaging the reputation of Imran Niazi. Let’s settle this in the “Aazad Adalya”.

    *gets popcorn*Recommend

  • Mr. Ok

    The write is probably a paid writer. If not a paid writer, I feel sorry for him that his efforts to malign Imran Khan and PTI are going wasted.
    Just to show that he has the agenda to write against PTI and Imran Khan.
    He wrote 18 articles on Express Tribune against Imran Khan and PTI.

    1. Is PTI trying to wreck the civil-military balance for their own selfish gains?
    2. What kind of Naya Pakistan do Imran Khan and PTI have in mind exactly?
    3. Imran Khan might be “honest” but he can never be what’s best for Pakistan
    4. PTI knows that it cannot win the 2018 elections and the Panama case proves just that
    5. It is pretty clear that neither Ali Muhammad Khan nor PTI knows why Pakistan was created
    6. For how long will you keep defending Imran Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi?
    7. Of the Lahore blast and PTI’s real “achievements”
    8.Dear PTI, remember when you vowed to end VIP culture? Well, meet Faisal Vawda!
    9. There is no genuinely liberal political party in Pakistan today
    10. Should Imran Khan be arrested for treating a Taliban leader?
    11. Did Imran Khan lie about the 2013 elections being rigged?
    12. If you blame Bilawal solely for the famine in Thar, then blame Imran for the suicide attacks in KP!
    13. The problem with Imran Khan’s politics
    14. As PPP dries up in Punjab, Firdous Awan looks towards PTI’s (hypocritical) greener pastures
    15. Jemima Goldsmith loves Pakistan more than many of us, even Imran Khan
    16. PML-N is cultivating a sexist and misogynist culture, but PTI is no better either
    17. Dear Imran Khan, if you’re going to blame Najam Sethi for Pakistan’s defeats, then praise him for their wins also
    18. If it’s unfair to believe an allegation, it also unfair to doubt Ayesha Gulalai and call her names

    He wrote 3 against and 2 in favor of PPP
    1. Bhutto was neither a total villain nor a complete Messiah
    2. Asif Ali Zardari vs Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: Round 1
    3. After Benazir, PPP is no longer representative of all of Pakistan the way it used to be
    4. Sorry Bilawal, Pakistan’s misogyny will always confuse sensitivity with femininity
    5. In defense of the status quo

    For PMLN he wrote 1 in favor and 3 slightly against to show himself neutral but always hit PTI in those articles.
    1. Why PML-N is right to propose the 24th amendment
    2. Why politicians like Javed Latif use women to humiliate opponents
    3. It’s time Nawaz Sharif realized the importance of women in politics
    4. Was Nehal Hashmi’s outburst orchestrated by the PML-N leadership?

    In the articles where he wrote against PMLN, he praised Nawaz Shareef and declared that as he has selected Marriyum as a future leader so that is commendable. (What should we say about this argument?)
    Second, in the other article, he tries to justify the wording of Javed Latif by saying that Sheikh Rashid and other political leaders also use similar language. (What a shameful argument) He tried to justify that it is common.
    In article number 4, he wrote “Panama Case is a non-issue”.

    From the above, we can clearly see that Raza has the agenda to target Imran Khan and he normally tries to hide his agenda by writing on off topics in-between. It is clear that his main focus is to write against Imran Khan and PTI.Recommend

  • Mr. Ok

    we read your name and we know that what is coming up. Recommend

  • Mr. Ok

    he is just a lifafa.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Kindly read my comment again….SHE is the accuser and SHE has to substantiate her accusations.Recommend

  • Ghazi Gul

    “If it’s unfair to believe an allegation, it also unfair to doubt Ayesha Gulalai”
    No, an allegation requires proof else anyone can allege anything against anyone.Recommend

  • Ghazi Gul

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.Recommend

  • Ghazi Gul

    They could not prove financial corruption against him so out comes the ‘Woman Card’.Recommend

  • WatchWhatYouSay

    What are you talking about? Anthony Weiner had criminal charges against him. There was evidence against him.

    Because there was evidence against Weiner, he did not go to trial as he surely would loose. He pled guilty with District Attorneys for lesser sentences. He was forced to resign because the evidence against him was damning.

    You state “In any civilized country (like UK), a man accused of sexual harassment would have to resign and face humiliation (if he could not prove his innocence).” A truly civilized society would not require a defendant to prove his innocence, but it would rather require the Crown prosecutor to prove the allegation. If UK does not follow this standard, it is clear that UK is not a civilized society. There is a reason for people voting for Brexit .Recommend

  • WatchWhatYouSay

    She has to prove her allegations, otherwise her allegations are baseless. Anyone can make any allegations. The default starting point should be that allegations are lies unless proven otherwise. That is how science works and that is how Justice System should work,
    Recommend

  • PapaTango

    Ha. So predictable, so pedantic, so one sided. Anyway, you continue to judge the whole by the part and don’t remember the same criterion when the shoe is on the other foot, but you admit your bias against PTI and your dislike for its leader. You have that going for you. Good luck with your political science studies, hopefully your biases will not creep into your attempt at original contribution to the field because it will ruin your attempt at the degree.

    The lady refuses to release any evidence and you want hang Imran. Anyone can spoof anyone in texts: it is a ‘time-honored’ practice. She sat on the evidence for YEARS but is believable to you, she now alleges Naeem Haq wanted to marry her as well.

    The lady doth protest too much…..and without any evidence.

    Yet as far as you are concerned hang PTI from the highest rafters. Oh and thank you for your patronizing “PML does it as well…” yet show me any detailed article on them. One where you lambaste the PML leaders for harassment in the parliament in front of everyone (forget spurious text messages), publish their trolls ugly tweets, photos of Benazir and her mother that PML photoshopped and airdropped. Where is your deep deep analysis of the PML misogynistic and utter crass culture? As the saying goes, won’t hold my breath….Recommend

  • PapaTango

    Dear sir: the texts that Weiner sent were published verified and admitted by Weiner. No such thing has happened here: please present correct facts. And what else should he after quitting politics? Recommend

  • PapaTango

    Again: the onus of proof is on the accuser NOT on the accused. If that were the case, the courts would be clogged with cases: anyone can file any charge and the defendant will have to defend. Thank God your standard is not the case. And love your confidence that thee will be cases in the future. What is that? A place holder when the next plant comes around and makes unfounded allegations you can scream see! I told you so. Sad.Recommend

  • PapaTango

    You really are of the opinion conveniently that in cases of sexual harassment that the accused has to prove innocence? Can you imagine the consequences of such a standard? And think about it: I hereby allege that Aisha Wazir sent me mischievous texts. Now prove me wrong. I could make this awfully personal. but I won’t.Recommend

  • Israr Khan

    There are two side of the story PTI and PMLN … ayesha who is she.. today if ayesha gets a msg from ABC no one cares … its IK that is what makes this news big and that is y this news is created its simple … today she has said she WILL NOT PERSUE THIS CASE ON HER OWN so y bring it, just to damage his image and not just him all of PTI and y would u do that … ofcourse PMLN and other opponents u r not only USED madam but badly ABUSED by opponents of PTI … PTI protected u … raja get ur acts together atleast try to show both sides of the story okRecommend

  • Shah

    Your Arguments Carry No Weight Whatsoever.It Is An Age Old Accepted Legal Principle That The Person Who Makes An Allegation Has The Burden of Proof.Recommend

  • Shah

    You Can Talk About sexual harassment I Even Know Cases Where Women Women Blackmailed Perfectly Decent Gentleman That They Will Accuse Them Of sexual harassmentRecommend

  • Shah

    Your Anti PTI Bias Is Making You Write Pathetic Comments.It Was Miss Gulalai That Was Being High and Mighty Accusing Imran Khan of Promoting Western Culture.Of Course People Were Going To Point Out
    The Western Culture Existing In Her Own Home

    It Was Not PTI That Was Claiming To Be The Torch Bearers of Pashtun Traditions and Eastern Culture It Was Miss GulalaiRecommend

  • Shah

    If I Started Writing About The Moral Standards Of Indians My Post Would Become A Blog In ItselfRecommend

  • Asif Paracha

    Why did Gulalai wait for four years before making these allegations? Appears to be a set up against IK.Recommend

  • Sane

    Why she was silent since when she received first SMS in 2013? Why she was bearing all kind of injustice to her for four years? What about allegations made by her assistant for getting commission out of development projects? She must speak about this also.Recommend

  • Sane

    Listen what is rational. Don’t be biased.Recommend

  • Parvez

    In most of your comments your bias and dislike comes through loud and strong…..so when you decided to be cryptic here, I had to ask.
    Thank you for replying in your normal style.Recommend

  • salman

    Surely you mean alleged harassment?Recommend

  • salman

    Maybe, but I did enjoy the video of Kim Barker.Recommend

  • salman

    Appears to be 18 (see post above). Looks like more then one person needs to learn maths :)Recommend

  • RHR

    Wow! Such research! Yes the sole purpose of my life is to malign the greatest leader! And yes I get paid by millions and millions
    By the way you forgot at least 45 other articles which range from gender, Turley to treatment of minorities
    But I understand. Typical PTI self obsessionRecommend

  • RHR

    I like your name! GhaziRecommend

  • RHR

    I can feel so hurt here! PTI Supporter? Funniest is when PTI people accuse anyone of being biased! Irony of the century.
    ! A party whose so called educated are abusing online round the clock! Even This article had several screenshots
    On harassment and Sexism I have written against PML also and not exclusively targeted PTI.
    In fact even this article starts with saying that both right wing parties are sexist. See the opening lines!Recommend

  • RHR

    Thank you “neutral” PTI commentators
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  • RHR

    It is not 18 as even articles like the one about Jemima are lumped with PTI. And if an article even mentions PTI it has been included.
    But even if it is 18, then 18 out of 60 is not 90%Recommend

  • RHR

    She has shown it to Hamid MIR and she is willing to take it to court.Recommend

  • RHR

    PTI supporter? I like the nick sane! A sane PTI supporter! An oxymoronRecommend

  • Abdul moiz

    Even if the allegations are 100% true , The timing is suspect and puts the actual motive in question, and it definitely doesn’t seem that the motive behind “IMU is lewd on IMO” is self respect or women’s rights ..its political revenge

    As an anarchist I will be extremely thrilled, if this stunt actually topples IK.. But let’s call it what it is … A stuntRecommend

  • RHR

    I think before too on he discussion board of another article you presented a list and then deleted the comments. That time it was in your own name. Now as Mr. OK
    Nice to know that you are following and counting my articles. But please it is not 18!Recommend

  • RHR

    Yaar why did you change your name to OK? I remember last time it was different.Recommend

  • RHR

    I have written on PML’s sexism also. Also posted clips of NS and PTI’s now partner Sheikh Rasheed abusing BB. Also mentioned about the photoshopped pictures. Please feel free to read my articles on those issues.
    Now I understand being a PTI supporter, it is difficult for you to digest criticism of PTI. PPP and PML (N) have sexism too, but they dont even come close to the foot print of PTI in online harassment. This article was about online harassment of Ayesha and contained disgusting screenshots of trolls from your favorite partyRecommend

  • PapaTango

    I commend the author for being soooooo prompt in publishing this article: the lady had hardly finished her accusations that this ‘well-researched’ article came about.

    For those who think that the messages shown to Hamid Amir are authentic: a cursory search for text spoofing will show literally thousands of apps that allow you to clone and message anyone from anyone’s phone. The mere existence of any texts are not evidentiary without any independent verification. Good luck getting that….and NO ABSOLUTELY NOT the Pakistani Telecommunications Authority DOES NOT CAN NOT have the text messages because no PTA has the wherewithal to retain actual texts. The Call Data Record showing who called texted whom and when, sure, but the text : impossible. If Imran’s was being tapped then that is another story altogether……Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    So why is Imran Khan silent? Why did he go to Sahiwal to meet Pinky? After quitting politics, he can spend the rest of his life marrying & divorcing, which in fact is something he’s very good at.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    So Brexit is connected to sex scandals? IK has refused to acknowledge his illegitimate daugher (which is sufficient to disqualify him). And the way PTI stalwarts have reacted after the scandal surfaced shows they know Imran Khan is on a weak wicket.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    And he will soon be impeached!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    You can’t expect PTI youthias to know even basic maths. Their hero talks about 10 billion being offered to him, but I doubt if he knows how many zeros there are in a million, leave alone 10 billion!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The next scandal is not far off, wait for Reham Khan’s book!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    She’s ready to give proof, she showed her phone to Hamid Mir.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    At least Nawaz has not been involved in a sex scandals, & he is not known to have an illegitimate child!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Yes, promoting western culture, like having illicit sex and fathering a child without being married.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Does not have to hunt for girl friends? So it’s OK for him to send inappropriate messages?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    You are a bigger idiot than IK or Naeemul Haq.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    She will present the evidence in court, as PTI has asked her to pay 30 million, but if IK isn’t able to prove his innocence, he will have to pay much more to her. Remember Reham Khan?Recommend

  • sterry

    Imran Khan is the first to level accusations against others and use bad language without proof. When the shoe is on the other foot, he can’t deal with it. If you love to dish it out like PTI does, they should be able to take it. But instead of showing records and proving that no lewd comments were made, they threaten this woman with law suit and more. They take to abusing her sister and saying all kinds of things that she is lying. What Pakhtun woman wants to be placed in this situation? It must have been difficult for her to bring this up if true. We need a judicial team and the courts to evaluate this case and if PTI and Imran Khan is guilty, they need to be disqualified and asked to leave parliament. The world needs to know such behavior will not be tolerated since half of the population are women. Imran has a reputation for dating and breaking up with women, especially western women like Jemima, Sita and western behaving Reham Khan. He should not be allowed to treat Pakistani women the way he treats other women.Recommend

  • sterry

    If you are victim, is it easy to speak up. Do you have so much courage to speak against leader of a party that is always using bad language against others like Imran Khan? It takes courage and she should be saluted for speaking up against patriarchal and sexist attitudes of Pakistani men. Do you think Imran Khan and his men would use lewd language with Jemima Goldsmith, Sita White or Reham Khan? Let the courts see the transcripts and judge what happened and then disqwualify anyone found guilty of wrong doing.Recommend

  • sterry

    The moment the poor woman complained, PTI started to abuse her sister and family including legend Maria Toorpakai. They also threatened her with 30 million defamation suit and destroy your house. Wonder why she was afraid to open her mouth and speak? We need a judicial team to evaluate this and throw out such sexist behavior by PTI.Recommend

  • layla hai

    I am amazed by your ability to judge right from wrong. If you think Nawaz is so clean then you are wrong. But there is a huge problem with your logic.
    Although I do’t really believe the lies about Imran having an illegitimate child, but even if it were true, please, don’t you realize it is truly irrelevant to the future of our nation??? Don’t you think organized corruption and mafia at the top most level of our country is extremely depressing? Even Donald trump is famous for his sex scandals but he is hailed as being a productive leader since his being an alcoholic or a sex freakdoesn’t interefe in his goal of making his country better!
    Please try to differentiate between personal matters and matters that involve the Pakistani nation.
    Even after such huge amount of corruption and lying has been proven against them, how are you people still supporting their characters? It is beyond my logical reasoning abilities.Recommend

  • layla hai

    I support PTI because I think it is the only party right now that has the potential to atleast the organised corruption in pakistan at all levels.Recommend

  • Abdul moiz

    Let me break down the scenario for the bright Feminofascists and other Gulalaright activists

    Ayesha Gulalai experimented with some weird herbal mouthwash in 2013, which gave her sparkly white teeth and gave her extremely fresh breath, Imran Khan caught a whiff of it and lost control, and immediately sent some messages (content unknown, timing unknown and actual quantity unknown)
    The next day she lost the mouthwash and no one felt the need to express SMS Dwaara Izhaar e Attraction anymore
    2014 no SMS
    2015 nothing
    2016 not even a flower emoticon
    2017 She suddenly check her memories 4 Years ago today on FB, and came across IKs message praising her fresh breath and confidence, that rang her memory bell and she decided to warn the world to refrain from joining PTI (or using Mouthwash)

    I Would like to clarify that i am a staunch supported of PTI,Please also find attached my advertisement for PTI as a bonus (I Accept cash,cheques,Pay Orders as long as they are given in Lifafas)
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  • layla hai

    I personally am sick and tired of Pakistani people judging others on the base of their so-called version of Islam. Stop judging others for what they wear and what they believe in! Stop branding them as yahoodi or kafir. If you truly are a muslim, don’t you fear the judgement you will face and do you think you will get away with branding a person as yahoodi or kafir without having knowledge of his true faith and how close that person might be to God?
    And I dont think PTI supporters said bad stuff about Aisha’s sister, they only pointed out how Ayesha’s claim of “western” culture contradicts with her own sister.
    Even then I wouldn’t call it mature to compare two sisters, as every human being has a right to his or her own way of living. No two sisters have the same beliefs. But the comparison was very vaid as Ayesha claimed she comes from a consrvative, shareef pakhtun family. Shorts are not widly accepted in Pakistan yet so the PTI workers only pointed out a contradiction.Recommend