Pakistan

Shah’s remark on female lawmakers causes disquiet in NA

ISLAMABAD: The debate in National Assembly session today (Thursday) diverted when the Leader of the Opposition passed a prejudiced remark on female members of the House, ARY News reported.

He was addressing the house when Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, over continuous chatter, asked women lawmakers either to be silent during the session or go outside the house.

In response to the Speaker’s remarks, the opposition leader Khursheed Shah said, “don’t stop them, these women fall ill if they do not talk.”

His remark enraged the female members of the house.

Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) member Nafisa Shah said that she would stage a protest over pointing out women only as men members were also engaged in conversation. Nafisa Shah asked the speaker why he stopped women only.

The speaker replied that she could not challenge the chair.

Following the session, tweets of Aseefa Bhutto Zardari surfaced asking the opposition leader Khursheed Shah, affiliated with her PPP, to apologise for his offensive remarks. “Such remarks against women are intolerable”, she said in her tweet by terming it derogatory.

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