Pak senator tries to hit woman activist on TV

  • Imtiaz Ahmad
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 07:01 IST

ISLAMABAD: Human rights activist Marvi Sirmed has filed an application with the Islamabad police against Senator Hafiz Hamdullah, alleging that the right-wing Jami at-Ule ma Islam leader tried to hit her during the recording of a TV talk show hosted by a private channel.

Hamdullah, Sirmed, a barrister and another politician Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, were guests on a News One TV show on Friday to discuss recent honour killings incidents, women protection laws and the role of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII).

The heated arguments took place between Sirmed and Hamdullah after he interrupted her as soon as she started speaking. The channel censored some of the remarks and showed the senator leaving the show.

Soon after the incident, Sirmed took to social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, saying Hamdullah had abused her with worst possible expletives and called her a “whore”.

“I returned this to his own family women. And then he tried to beat me. All of this recorded in camera,” Sirmed said in a series on Tweets.

Sirmed filed an application with the Islamabad police the same day, requesting the police to book the senator for hurling verbal abuse and threatening her during the show.

“Using filthy language, he threatened to rape and kill me,” Sirmed has said in the application. She has also claimed that the senator charged and tried to beat her but she was rescued by Chohan.

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