Statement on Insult of Marvi Sirmad

The Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) has taken serious notice of the growing disrespect, intolerance and impertinence amongst men and women in the country, especially on media and places of high order that should actually be demonstrating role modelship for the people of Pakistan. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Secretary WPC, in her statement, expressed shock and deepest regrets on the behavior displayed by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI (F) on a private news channel with a lady human rights defender, Marvi Sirmad, during a discussion on an important issue of recent acts of honour killings. Ms. Shaista Malik said that the obnoxious behavior and language used by the Senator belonging to a religious party in particular for a woman, in the holy month of Ramazan was deplorable and absolutely unacceptable. As a woman and as the Secretary of WPC, Shaista Pervaiz Malik appealed to the leadership of JUI (F) to take note of this incident and immediately cancel the membership of the Senator. She further stated that Barrister Masroor, another panelist in the program should not have used derogatory remarks for Maulana Shirani, Chairman Islamic Ideology Council. Shaista Pervaiz Malik showed great concern about the growing disregard and lack of respect for each other in the society. She said that we, as Muslims, are bound to respect women regardless of our likes and dislikes, display patience, regard the elderly and show kindness to the younger ones as has been taught to us by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Salalahu Elaihay WaSalim).