Pakistan: Former interior minister Talal Chaudhry faces harassment allegations

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former interior minister and a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from District Faisalabad, Talal Chaudhry is facing allegations of harassing a female Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of his own party.

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The incident took place on the night of September 23 when according to Chaudhry he went to the house of MNA Ayesha Rajab Ali

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in Faisalabad to discuss party matters, particularly for reorganization of the party in the district Faisalabad.

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However, her family members minding his late night visit gave him a good beating and called police on the spot.

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A video clip is viral on social media that shows the ex-minister standing outside a house complaining that his shoulder was fractured and asking the people present on the spot to call some senior police officer.

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“They have snatched my mobile phone. They have recorded my movies . Take phone numbers of their women. My shoulder bone is fractured. When my phone set is recovered everything will be clear and I will see all of them,” Chaudhry can be seen pointing to the brother of Ali.

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Misunderstanding

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However, it was later reported by the police that neither of the two parties showed interest in lodging complaints and told them that it was the result of misunderstanding.

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According to sources, the PML-N high command has forbidden both the ex-minister and Alito refrain from reporting the incident to police.

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Chaudhry told police that he had gone to meet some PML-N workers in connection with PML-N’s “re-organization in the district” when he was attacked by unidentified men who fractured his arm. He said the attackers also took away his mobile. Chaudhry claimed the media was running fake news about the involvement of a woman MNA.

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Ali’s brother too also issued a statement saying their family had nothing to do with this matter. “Talal Chaudhry is like a brother to us,” he said.

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PML-N constitutes ‘fact-finding’ committee

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Meanwhile, after the video clip went viral on social media, the PML-N Punjab President Rana Sanaullah has announced to constitute a committee to investigate the scuffle.

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Former Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar and Akram Ansar have been nominated to conduct a thorough probe, record statements of Chaudhry and MNA Ayesha Rajab and submit a report within three days.

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PM’s aide demands action against Talal

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Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Shahbaz Gill while taking advantage of the tussle between two PML-N leaders urged the party leadership to suspend Talal from the party’s membership.

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Harassing an honorable Member of the Parliament by Talal Chaudhry is regrettable and the government would take action on it, said Gill in a tweet demanding Faisalabad police to ensure security of the woman MNA’s house.

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In another tweet, Gill alleged Maryam Nawaz daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was putting pressure on MNA Ayesha Rajab to settle the matter with Chaudhry.

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Ali requests media shows restraint

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Meanwhile, MNA Ayesha Rajab Ali in a tweet requested the media not to believe/spread fake reports about her personality and character.

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“The way social and electronic media have been defaming me is in fact defamation of women in society. I am a mother, a sister and a daughter and belong to a respectable family and I don’t have any connection with any matter,” said she in a tweet.

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