References filed in ECP, Punjab Assembly to disqualify Imran Khan over Gulalai’s allegations

Lawyer Raja Basharat has filed a petition in the Election Commission of Pakistan, seeking Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman’s disqualification on the basis of “shameful” allegations of harassment levelled against him by former PTI lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai.

PML-N’s Hina Pervaiz Butt, also on Wednesday, submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly for Imran Khan’s disqualification on the basis of Article 62 and 63 in light of Gulalai’s allegations.

A day earlier, as she announced to part ways with the PTI, Gulalai accused Khan and his “gang” of having an “immoral character”.

She had alleged that Khan “would forward inappropriate and explicit text messages to party women”, claiming that she received the first such message in 2013.

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Addressing the media outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi said that Imran Khan must respond to the charges levelled against him.

Abbasi invited Imran Khan to hold a press conference in the evening to apologise to the nation and present himself for accountability.

“Whenever an allegation has been made against me, I held a press conference within five minutes to reveal the reality,” Abbasi said.

“A grave allegation has been levelled against you [Khan] and you should have been ashamed, but you are not — because in the society that you come from, these matters are not considered shameful,” added Abbasi. “If these allegations are not investigated, we will believe that justice has died.”

“There should be an investigation, there should be a suo motu, so that the truth can be revealed.” It is important that the BlackBerry, from which the messages were sent, be investigated and the messages should be presented to the public, he added.

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Abbasi said that in 2013, he had asked the country not to let their “mothers, daughters and sisters” attend the rallies of the PTI to “protect them from this person.”

He said Khan should be ashamed for asking Gulalai to show the messages as proof and for telling her that she is not a Pakhtun. “The daughters of the country are asking you to seek forgiveness,” he maintained.

Opposition leader Khursheed Shah also backed PML-N’s demand for an investigation, saying, “The matter concerning Gulalai is regrettable. Women never make allegations involving themselves. It should be investigated.”

Source: Dawn

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