Lawmaker disqualified for assaulting Pak officials
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2012, 22:49
  
Islamabad: Pakistan's Election Commission on Wednesday disqualified a politician of the ruling PPP for two years and struck down her election to a provincial assembly for assaulting two officials during bye-polls last month.

The Election Commission acted after TV camera crews filmed Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Waheeda Shah repeatedly slapping and punching two women officials during bye-polls in Tando Muhammad Khan constituency of Sindh province on February 25.

Islamabad: Pakistan's Election Commission on Wednesday disqualified a politician of the ruling PPP for two years and struck down her election to a provincial assembly for assaulting two officials during bye-polls last month.

The Election Commission acted after TV camera crews filmed Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader Waheeda Shah repeatedly slapping and punching two women officials during bye-polls in Tando Muhammad Khan constituency of Sindh province on February 25.

The two poll officials were seen crying after the assault. After the media highlighted the issue, the PPP leader apologised and claimed her actions were unintentional.

She organised a news conference and claimed she had apologised to the presiding officer. Shah also presented a burqa-clad woman who she claimed was the presiding officer.

The Supreme Court too has taken suo moto notice of the incident.

On Friday, Shah appeared before a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and offered an unconditional apology, saying her behaviour was unintentional.

But her apology was rejected.

The apex court will take up the case again on March 12.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2012, 22:49


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