A woman who yesterday quit cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party accused him of harassing female party members and sending indecent text messages, Pakistani media reported.
Other party members dismissed these allegations against Imran, saying the woman was disgruntled because she was denied a ticket for elections. They also said she was planning to join PML (N), the party of disgraced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai said the “ill-treatment” of women in the party is the reason she’s quitting. She also claimed that Imran’s conduct was “highly indecent” and referred to alleged “objectionable” text messages she has been receiving from him since October 2013, reported The News International.
When she was asked about the alleged indecent text messages, Gulalai said, “No one with any honour will be able to stomach the sort of language used.”
“Maybe they think Pakistan is England. At this age, you [Imran] have not been able to reform your habits, maybe you do not have control over your behaviour,” Gulalai added, reported Dawn.
She was making reference to Imran’s younger days when he had something of a reputation as a ladies’ man.
“Women workers are not respected in the PTI and a respectable woman worker cannot remain in the party,” Gulalai told Dawn News.
“…the honour of mothers and sisters was not safe because of Chairman Imran Khan, whom she dubbed as a fake Pathan and a characterless person,” reported The News, quoting statements Gulalai’s press conference.
The lawmaker also accused Imran of being insecure.
“I think Imran Khan has issues because he is jealous of talented people. He thinks they are a threat. Because of this, many men run from him. He has other methods with women,” Gulalai alleged.
She said she wants the country’s supreme court to look into her complaints about Imran.