Lawmaker disqualified for assaulting Pak officials

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 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 7, 2012 - 22:49

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