New Pakistan PM Wants Probe of Harassment Accusations Against Opposition’s Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s new prime minister on Friday called for an investigation into allegations that opposition leader Imran Khan harassed a woman lawmaker, charges Khan dismisses as revenge for his role in last week’s ouster of then-premier Nawaz Sharif.

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Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan. Photo credit Reuters

A furious social media backlash threatening violence against Khan’s accuser, lawmaker Ayesha Gulalai, has also exposed raw nerves about the treatment of women in Pakistan.

The case has been splashed across domestic media, at times eclipsing the installation of a new cabinet led by Sharif ally Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister.

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Abbasi told the National Assembly he wanted a special panel to investigate the allegations.

“We respect the person who has made the accusation, but we also respect the accused, and it is their right to be able to contest these allegations,” he…

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