By Irfan Ghauri
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat removed PML-Q Women’s Wing President Sumera Malik from the office on Saturday, after she beat up a female MNA from her party for not attending a dinner at the President’s House.
Sources familiar with the incident told Daily Times that Sumera and her husband, a bureaucrat, went to MNA Nosheen Saeed’s house at 2:30am. She told her colleague she had let her down by not showing up at the dinner despite a commitment. She also alleged that the MNA had been talking to TV anchors about her. A quarrel followed and Sumera beat the MNA up, the sources said, and her husband had to intervene.
They said she was perturbed because of a poor show of strength at the dinner. A party member said the MNA’s children had not gone to school and that she was not talking to the media ‘fearing she might be thrashed again’.
The sources said Sumera’s husband had also called journalist and TV anchor Nusrat Javed and threatened him, after he criticised Sumera in his show.
PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former Punjab chief minister Pervez Elahi and Senator Tariq Azeem visited the MNA at her house later, the sources said.
A senior PML-Q leader had told Daily Times earlier on Saturday the party “has decided to take disciplinary action against some members, including Sumera Malik”.
Source: Daily Times, 2nd November, 2008