Pakistan: Lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai quits PTI, says Imran's behaviour indecent towards women
In a press conference, Gulalai has accused the cricketer-turned-politician of misbehaving with the female workers in the party.
"Women workers are not respected in the PTI and a respectable woman worker cannot remain in the party," she was quoted as saying by Dawn News.
"Today people are joining the PTI and I am leaving it, so obviously something has happened that has caused me to leave the party,' Gulalai said. "Before the PTI, I was a member of the PPP. When I came into the PTI, I encountered a very different environment."
"When I was in the PPP... Benazir Bhutto gave me two party tickets for MNA and for MPA. I was very young at the time, and she gave me the tickets on the basis of talent and potential. But their [the PTI's] criteria for tickets is "something else"," the lawmaker said.
"I saw many of their [PTI members'] misdeeds. One of them is that they send inappropriate text messages. They dishonour respectable women. The respect of women is not intact at the hands of Imran Khan and the men around him," Gulalai alleged.
Gulalai has also urged the government to investigate the matter.
"He [Khan] tells women to keep BlackBerry phones so that messages are not traced. Check his BlackBerry," she said.
"Check the messages from him... The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority can release the record," Gulalai added.
Speaking about Imran's womaniser image from his playing days, the disgruntled lawmaker added, "Maybe they think Pakistan is England. At this age, you [Khan] have not been able to reform your habits, maybe you do not have control over your behaviour."
However, PTI's chief whip in the Pakistan National Assembly Shireen Mazari refuted all allegations against Khan.
"As far as allegations that she was restrained from addressing a convention on Monday are concerned, we had limited the speakers. Khan also asked me to address it, but I put Yasmeen Rashid forward. We were not able to provide all aspiring speakers to provide with an opportunity to do so," she said.
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