Pakistan

PPP denies Marwat joined party after Aseefa, Bakhtwar lash out

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party has denied that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz leader and former minister Irfanullah Marwat has joined the party.

A spokesman for the PPP said that no decision has been made on Marwat joining the PPP. Marwat had met with co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday after which it was presumed that he had joined the party.

Zardari’s daughters took exception and appeared unhappy about the decision of their father to allow Marwat saying that he was not welcome in the party, and vented their frustration on Twitter.

Aseefa Bhutto Zardari said that Marwat should not be welcomed in the PPP, as one of the core values of the party include respect for women. She said that his repulsive and illegal actions are reprehnsible.

The elder daughter Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari appeared to have a harsher line against Marwat, saying that the “sick man should be rotting in jail cell somewhere not coming anywhere near the PPP”.

She said that a party that was lead by a women would not tolerate such woman.

Marwat is a former lawmaker from the PML-N in Sindh and has held various portfolios including transport, health, home, education and mines and minerals. He is also the son-in-law of former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan who dismissed the government Benazir Bhutto in 1993.

Marwat was also involved in a major controversy when he was implicated in a major sexual assault case in 1990s.

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