Islamabad (September 19, 2017): Estranged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Ayesha Gulalai said on Tuesday submitted reply on the petition of the party seeking the commission to deseat her.
A four member bench of ECP headed by commission’s member Justice (Retd) Ghafaar Soomro heard the reference filed by the PTI against Gulalai.
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Aisha Gulalai appeared before the ECP. Gulalai’s counsel Barrister Masroor filed Vakalatnama and Gulalai reply on the ECP notice.
The reply states that the allegations leveled against her in the reference were baseless. She said that the reference was filed with mala fide intent and was an attempt to distract attention from the harassment issue.When the ECP asked PTI’s counsel for evidence, he informed the commission that the party had documentary evidence against the Gulalai.
Upon this the ECP adjourned haring of the case till September 26 and asked the counsels of both parties to advance arguments on the reference on next date of hearing.Talking to media after the hearing, Gulalai said that Chairman PTI Imran Khan was no longer popular, which can be gauged from the fact that he lost the recent by-elections in Lahore’s NA-120.
She said that she was sympathetic towards PTI candidate Yasmin Rashid because she had to lose because of Imran Khan.
“Imran is usurping rights of women, when I raise my voice he sent a reference against me but the NAB cleared me of any wrongdoing,” said Gulalai.She alleged that the PTI chairman had the support of a ‘certain land mafia’ in Lahore, which does not suffice for winning any election.
He accused Imran of using money of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for personal uses, especially in the elections campaign for NA-120 and sit-ins, she added.The PTI MNA said that Imran does not represent the middle class and he is supportive of feudal lords and corrupt people.
The PTI has been hijacked by the likes of Firdous Ashiq Awan, Fawad Chaudhry, Aleem Khan and Babar Awan, she said. She further said that the PTI is still her party but unfortunately due to Imran the party has lost direction.In a scathing criticism of the PTI chairman she claimed that Imran Khan is a drug addict, adding that there should be dope test necessary for politicians.