Pakistan's Parliament forms panel to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Imran Khan

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The scandal erupted on Tuesday after Ayesha Gulalai, a National Assembly member from the conservative Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, announced she was quitting Khan's opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, alleging that he had no respect for women and had sent her obscene text messages.

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq initiated the process for appointment of Special Committee to launch a parliamentary probe into Ayesha Gulalai's allegations against Imran Khan.

Gulalai announced in Islamabad that "Imran Khan's list of sins is very long" and that she made a decision to speak out because she does not want to compromise her integrity. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also assured the provision of round-the-clock security for the lawmaker after she claimed that she was scared for her life.

In a televised press conference earlier this week Gulalai accused Khan of harassing female leaders in the PTI and resigned from the party. "He put me through mental torture and pain", she said.

Gulalai has not publicly released any of the alleged text messages, prompting Khan's supporters to allege that the case is politically motivated.

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"At least mobile phones of Ayesha and her father should be examined which will lead to phones of Ameer Muqam and KP Governor Zafar Iqbal Jhagra", Khan stated. "Do your worst; stoop as low as you can; me & my struggle-hardened party will become ever stronger IA", Khan wrote on Twitter.

Gulalai, who began her political career as a human rights activist from South Waziristan, was representing PTI on a reserved seat for women.

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