Pakistan

Ayesha Gulalai says receiving murder threats for speaking up against harassment

ISLAMABAD:  Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ayesha Gulalai on Monday said that she is receiving murder and acid attack threats for speaking against “harassment” within her former party, ARY News reported.

Speaking in and outside parliament, Ayesha- who left PTI and leveled sexual harassment allegations against party chief Imran Khan- maintained that her “courage to speak up against harassment encouraged other weak women in similar situations”.

“I have given them voice and the message that they should speak when they are exploited or harassed, not only in Pakistan but I get calls appreciating my stance from abroad too,” she said.

Gulalai stressed that the whole nation including those claiming to lead them should not compromise on character.

She maintained that she is proud of herself as she did not compromise on her honour.

“I have done what NGOs and activists could not do in years and proved that no man is flawless,” said Ayesha Gulalai.

She lashed out at her former party men for “threatening” her and targeting her sister, a squash player, after she came up with sexual harassment allegations against Imran Khan.

The MNA vowed to move a privilege motion against those calling her “stranger in the house”  as  PTI women were demanding her to resign from the seat as she has left the party.

Legislators belonging to PTI shouted slogans during her speech in the parliament and asked her to resign from the seat as she has left PTI.

‘Indecent messages’

Ayesha Gulalai, who announced to leave PTI earlier this month, claimed in a presser and then in an ARY News interview that Imran Khan used to send “indecent messages” to her.

In the press conference,  Ayesha Gulalai had said that one of her reasons to leave the party was that the party chief Imran Khan and his cronies send indecent text messages to female members while in her interview on ARY News, she said that such messages shocked her but she decided to ignore them to concern on her duties as a lawmaker.

About the proof, Gualai maintained that she will only present the messages before a legal body.

 

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