ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ayesha Gulalai addressed a session of the National Assembly on Monday and said she will not resign from her seat in the assembly.

Gulalai said that she was elected on merit and would continue her duties as a lawmaker. However, the leader also alleged that women in PTI occupy seats without merit.

She claimed that PTI was trying to intimidate her family. “As soon as I left the party, I was threatened with acid attacks,” she said, adding that her sister Maria Toorpakai — a national squash player — was also targeted by the PTI members.

“I and my family are not afraid of threats,” Gulalai said.

She alleged that corruption was rampant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“Imran Khan says accountability should begin from the big fish, but why does he not begin it from big fish within the party?” she asked. She also alleged that the PTI leaders distributed reserved seats for women among their relatives.

“If character is lost, everything is lost,” Gulalai said, adding that she was being victimised for telling the truth.

“The trend of using abusive language should change,” said the former PTI lawmaker.