Petition seeking disqualification of Ayesha Gulalai filed

The speaker of national Assembly, Ayyaz Sadiq has requested leader of both opposition and ruling party to put forward names to be included in the committee to look into the scathing allegations hurled by Ayesha Gulalai against Imran Khan.

In the interview, Ms Gulalai claimed that Mr Haque had sent her a message that said: "I am very alone and wish to marry you".

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi directed Inspector General Police (IGP) Islamabad to provide Ayesha Gulalai 24 hour security.

"This is an issue concerning the house's integrity - I will suggest forming a closed-door, special committee to probe the allegations and present its findings in the house", Abbasi told parliament.

PTI has claimed that Gulalai is being used by its rival parties to target its party.

"I can not compromise my integrity and that's why I chose to take this step", she added.

Gulalai has not publicly released any of the alleged text messages, prompting Khan's supporters to allege that the case is politically motivated.

Gulalai also accused Khan of using foul language from which even the deceased Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was not spared.

The FATA Commission of Human Rights has strongly condemned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for threatening to set Ayesha Gulalai's house on fire and cancellation of her tribal domicile.

The scandal has evoked a social-media storm and provoked a debate on sexual harassment in Pakistan.

She said that if Khan tendered an apology to the nation and the women, then it would be accepted as Allah also likes those who forgive.

  • Joey Payne