LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah is under hot water after his misogynistic remarks on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s female workers who turned up in party’s recent public gathering in Lahore.
The issue ballooned up again in the Punjab Assembly today when opposition lawmakers walked out of the assembly after the minister refused to tender apology on his remarks.
In his own words: “I will not even say ‘s’ of sorry,” said Rana Sanaullah while addressing a session of the Punjab Assembly.
“Opposition members keep asking me to say sorry but I will not,” he asserted. He underlined that he withdrew his statement but would not apologise to anyone on the issue.
During his speech, opposition members staged a walk out from the assembly.
Sanaullah came hard on PTI social media teams, saying “they disrespect our sisters and mothers every so often.”
The PML-N minister on had issued deeply offensive statements on Monday saying that women who attended the PTI rally at the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore were indecent as their gestures ‘appeared’.
Rana Sanaullah also raised ‘concerns’ over ‘character’ of women supporters of the PTI.
“The women who attended the rally were not from honourable families because their dance moves implied where they had actually come from.”
The misogynist statement sparked fury and condemnation from the PTI who called for the PML-N to apologise for his words.
PTI chairman Imran Khan also issued a statement strongly condemning the statements. “In the past 30 yrs these people have always disrespected women which is against our religion & culture. I want to thank our women for coming out in such huge numbers!”
Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir-Khan also condemned the remarks on Twitter, while the Punjab government appeared to distance itself from the controversial remarks.