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The Strange Case of Shumaila Rana: MPA Arrested for Credit Card Theft

Posted on July 12, 2009
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Punjab Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Shumaila Rana, of the PML-N, has been arrested by the Punjab police for allegedly stealing two credit cards and then going on a shopping spree with them. The PML-N leadership has said that the law will take its course. But this adds one more shocking story to what is already a litany of sorts.

The details are bizarre enough not to need an explanation. According to the Daily Times:

Ghalib Market police on Sunday registered a case against a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) female MPA for allegedly stealing two credit cards from a woman’s wallet and buying jewelery and clothes worth Rs 80,000 on those cards, the police said. The FIR No 551/09 was registered against the MPA under Section 379 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), on the complaint of Muqeet Salam, brother-in-law of Zaira Malik of Canal Bank.



The police said the accused MPA Shumaila Anjum Rana could not be contacted so far… He said Salam alleged in the application that his sister-in-law Zaira was in a fitness club on July 7 and found her credit cards missing from her purse. He said Zaira contacted the bank officials concerned who informed her that transactions worth Rs 80,000 had been made on her credit cards. Salam said the banks also informed Zaira that the accused purchased goods from a shop in Siddique Trade Centre.

The police quoted the complainant as saying that the shop owner showed the recorded CCTV footage to them and finally Zaira identified Shumaila, who is not a member of the club. He said they had also received the records of transactions in which Malik’s credit cards were used.

Interestingly, The Nation reports that Ms. Rana is a member of the Punjab Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Auqaf, and more importantly, that she is also a member of Chief Minister’s Coordination Committee for the IDPs which deals with the Punjab Chief Minister’s Fund for the IDPs of NWFP.

The report in The Nation provides more context information:

This time it is not a male parliamentarian, rather to jump into the already-boiling fray of irregularities and illegalities by elected representatives is a female MPA, Shumaila Rana, who was ‘chosen’ on reserved seats to serve the masses. The Pakistan Muslim League-N has vowed to fulfil all legal formalities in investigating the case. On the other hand, if found guilty, she will lose her seat, as no convicted can become a parliamentarian, and stands disqualified as conviction as per the Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution.

Previously, it were MNA Haji Pervaiz Khan from Rawalpindi and Minister Prisons Ch Abdul Ghafoor of the N-League, who indulged in impersonation and acted highhandedly at the Lahore Airport respectively. Interestingly, the MNA lost his seat after a committee found him guilty, and the Minister was given honourable exit from the charges by the PML-N leadership despite the fact that the committee found him guilty on more than two accounts. Prior to Shumaila Rana’s case, another N-League’s MPA Munawar Gill was indicted in a rape case. He is said to have been found innocent in the case.

The first timer to the Punjab Assembly Shumaila Rana, reportedly found guilty of stealing credit card from another female’s bag, and indulging in ‘illegal’ shopping, is member of the Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Auqaf. Moreover, she is also member of Chief Minister’s Coordination Committee for the Internally-Displaced People, which is an offshoot of Punjab Chief Minister’s Fund for the IDPs of NWFP.

Unmarried Shumaila Rana is daughter of Hidayat Ali, and she climbed the ladder of becoming an MPA by virtue of her mother Anjum Ara’s services to the party, as the latter has been worker of the party for about two decades. Anjum Rana, a retired schoolteacher of a private institute, was not a graduate, and after her successful canvassing for her daughter, a reserved seat was given to Shumaila Rana, who is said to be in her mid-20s. She is the first MPA from this family, and has nothing tangible to her credit for which she should have been given the slot. MPA with humble family background, she has been a vociferous supporter of women rights, and their empowerment. She had also promised to lobby for the charter of demands presented by women farmers recently.

66 Comments on “The Strange Case of Shumaila Rana: MPA Arrested for Credit Card Theft”

  1. ASAD says:
    July 12th, 2009 10:12 pm

    I don’t know if I am more annoyed at the fact that such immoral people get elected or at the fact that such stupid people get elected!

  2. Dr Ghulam Nabi Kazi says:
    July 12th, 2009 10:39 pm

    Women have been on the top before too. I remember Begum Nasim Wali Khan pleading guilty to shoplifting in a London store during the late seventies. In any other country of the world perhaps that would have signalled the end of her political career. Unfortunately here things don’t happen that way.

  3. Gardezi says:
    July 12th, 2009 11:14 pm

    At least with the media and blogs like this, these things can no longer be hushed up. the fact that there is instant action in other countries is because of the media scandals, I think we are also moving in that direction. So, there is a silver lining to this.

  4. javed says:
    July 12th, 2009 11:48 pm

    it is so shameful that our legislators are involved in such immoralities… she must go to jail and Mr. Nawaz Sharif should kick her out of assembly and his party!

  5. mano says:
    July 13th, 2009 12:28 am

    Asad, I go with your second option! .. I am amazed that such stupid people get elected~ :)… And she even got herself introduced to the jeweler saying that she is a parlimentarian :) way to go Miss Rana!

  6. Darwaish says:
    July 13th, 2009 12:44 am

    And she is also a memeber of Punjab Assembly’s Religious Affairs Committee. I am astonished that PML-N still needs to conduct any investigation when clearly the woman has artistically copied the signature of Zaira Malik in CC slip (and yet she claims CC was stolen by her servant). She is clearly seen having a good look at the CC before giving it to shopkeeper.

    This is sad reflection of our society overall but then again, I would give credit to PML-N if they take approriate action against her.

  7. Bilal says:
    July 13th, 2009 1:35 am

    What a joke! she is a member of the religious committee …. and she is looking after the IDP funds! God knows what embezzlements are going on in the IDP funds then! I want my fuking tax money back!

  8. Allah Wasaya says:
    July 13th, 2009 1:49 am

    Well to her credit Rs 80,000 seems chump change compared to hundreds of billions plundered by many sitting in much higher offices. Hope to see a piece on this blog about the arrest of some of those big fish, maybe some day!

  9. Ather Mughal says:
    July 13th, 2009 4:50 am

    She just got into trouble becuase she is unexperienced MP !!!

  10. Asim Kh says:
    July 13th, 2009 6:34 am

    She got lucky because her mother work hard for the party
    but its unforunate that in our pakistan, people are elected
    on basis of references, power and money. If wrong people are
    elected then these things will happen. But as a nation, we forget things easily and still hopes to see better future and better leadership. Thanks to media and online bloggers of pakistan which make things more transparent and rapidly the news, and the real news u can get now.

  11. Sameer says:
    July 13th, 2009 8:49 am

    Is she trying to be Zardari, learn from him first, he does stealing a lot but do not leave evidence.
    Hope she is not only suspended from the Assembly but given a real punishment. But this is Pakistan she would be saying that she has been framed by the opposition and she is not guilty.
    I hope blogger can start a campaign so criminals in the elected offices can not go without punishment.

  12. July 13th, 2009 8:55 am

    Some comments from the ATP Facebook Page:

    - “in logon ko seat kia mil gai pajame se bahar agaye hain …..”
    - “choron ke bhe kuch ethics hote hain…but our MP’s……..may allah help us all to get rid of these DACOITS,MURDERERS,AND THUGS….!!!!”
    - “yEhi haI… MNA, MPA, Prime MinistER, yaHaN taK k PresiDent saHaB… sUb eK sE baRh k Ek chOoR haiN…!!”
    - “At least it should has some caliber as a MPA’s cheating, She has to learn it from Zardari and politicians.
    Poor MPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    - “How dumb a person can get? Every body knows there are CCTV cameras in every shop and the authorities can trace the credit cards but still she stole the credit cards and went for shopping spree.”
    - “thats awfull ..”
    - “I think os ne khud diey hon gey ab phansa rahi hai shumaila ko itni bywaquf or woh bhi shumaila Rana MPA:~O”
    - “please tell me where she shopped ,when i was in pakistan some body stole my card number and used it quite well…if any body can tell what were card number………”
    - “realling shocking. there is sumting behind the scene”
    - “i dnt knw is it true or not but if we see then every body in Pak is using politics as a source of income, in elections they say that v r public servents bt after that they make public thier servents.. nothng can b commented on the things like ths one bcoz in pak leg pulling is our habit. bt when v see the CCTV photage it seems to b true then bank statement and wordings of that shopkeeper. Allah knows who is innocent.. May Allah save our country..”
    - “It really appals to see the kind of MPAs Nawaz Sharif has got in his party: 1. One of them was involved in the green channel scandal where the MPA tried to get contrabrand through. 2. One was involved in the use of unfair means when he made his nephew sit in an exam in his place. 3. One of them was involved in human smuggling. 4. Now this one turned out to be a petty thief!!
    Mr. Sharif: Where the hell do you get these cheap shots? Tells a lot about yourself, in fact!”
    - “yar kya bakwaas hai … peechay par jao ab aik cheez kay . aik yeh GEO walay..upar se ab tum log bhi ?? o_O ..”
    - “Well i think it does tend to tell people of the overall state of affairs of our country and how such leaders are a true reflection of our society… I shall refer to quote by Edmund Burke “What is needed for evil to triumph is for good men (and women) to do nothing…” let us say no to all those people who are involved in such bad instances since the whole yeh hum naheen campaign should not be just about terrorism but also say no to a lot of social evils that exist in our society.”
    - “we shud kick out such politicians and make sure they dont come back !!..”
    - “Jiyooo Nawaz bhai . . .”
    - “she is showing her ookat!”
    - “I just cant imagine someone being so dumb to do this the way his lady did!! if theft was so irresistible, she could ‘ve atleast done it smartly!!!”
    - “she should be hanged so that no one else dare doing so”
    - “Ms. Rana is a member of the Punjab Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Auqaf, and more importantly, that she is also a member of Chief Minister

  13. Rauf says:
    July 13th, 2009 9:01 am

    I salute the media …

    I am very confident that the media has all the strength to correct the all powerful all corrupt of this country. The thieves in cloaks are increasing finding it hard to adjust with the changed scenario. This gives all of us a new hope …

    Someone who can steal a credit card from a fellow’s very personal handbag could also have stolen from everywhere she had access to. Therefore, I strongly appeal to the authorities that her matters with IDP’s fund and other stuff like that be investigated in detail. I also want to appeal to others on this forum to support and promote this appeal and above all support the electronic media for its good work.

  14. Sajjad says:
    July 13th, 2009 9:05 am

    An MP just for 80K. Well, good thing is , People in punjab are confident of thier administration as they went to police for filing a report against a sitting MP, I wonder what would have happened if such incident had happened in sindh, the Guy reporting to police would have been abducted by Wadhera or killed by Urban Thugs.

  15. Daktar says:
    July 13th, 2009 9:28 am

    She has no sympathy from me at all. But let us also not get overboard.

    Such scandals and worse happen everywhere even in advanced democracies. The test is not whether bad people get elected, it is whether the system then deals with them and discourages that behavior. The media is already beginning to do that lets see if the system will also.

    Also, the law has to take its course and I am glad that the writer of the post has more sense than most commenters – at this point she is accused. Even if we are sure she did it, the point of rule of law is that she is innocent till proven guilty in a court, so silly talk of embezzlement etc. is just our desi exaggeration.

    I see this as a good story because the story is that the media exposed her, the police have acted and her party is saying they will remove her. THAT is what democracy is about, it is not about getting ‘perfect’ people (people in their comments and elsewhere who act or speak as if they themselves are perfect are either lying or dillusional)

  16. Farrukh says:
    July 13th, 2009 9:44 am

    I must say I find this story very distressing. But even more disgusting than what she id is the tone of many of the comments from facebook that you give.

    The venom and choota-pun and arrogance in those comments is truly disgusting. Maybe, we do deserves people like her after all!

  17. Nouman Alvi says:
    July 13th, 2009 10:14 am

    Yes admittedly she has been caught with her hand in the cookie jar. But a part of me do feel sorry for her. Here you are, a girl in her impressionable mid twenties, from a very modest back ground and midst of typical punjabi/lahoree vulgar exhibitionism and displays of stolen wealth ——she could not resist the temptation and fell down with her face down in a momentary lapse of judgement.

    Ours is a kleptocracy–the current president a known thief, the previous president and prime minister well rounded plunderers—heck even the ”mohatarma shaheed” could never explain the narco-dealer lifestyle she enjoyed in several capitals of the world. If you think that was not stolen money–you probably don’t know enough about birds and bees.

    Shumaila’s Rana’s fault is she that stole petty and insanely low amount of money. She deserves letting go and perhaps only a slap on the wrist.

    Its like your five year old picking/stealing up a toy from her friend’s bedroom and bringing it home.

  18. Aamir Ali says:
    July 13th, 2009 10:25 am

    When the head of the PML-N is a crook and hijacker, who stole money from the awam based on various schemes, whether it be taxi-cab, whether it be karz-utaro scheme, or whether it be freezing of foreign currency accounts, then the crime this lady is accused of is minor.

    Both should be punished.

  19. Adam Insaan says:
    July 13th, 2009 10:59 am

    hmm……..I remember my classes in the college , retrograd, while I have been reading the case regarding this lady.
    My teacher who was not a muslim asked us in the class :
    “What can You my class mention as parameters characterizing being a human living called Homo Sapiens and what characterizes being a a citizen in a society ?? “.
    As he asked this we all the pupils thought it was a question, so we started reflecting and bowing and twisting our grey cells in the cerebrum (and as circumstances were , it looked like some of my class-mates used their grey cells in the cerebellum as well..).
    But the question was only rhetorically used for the purpose of his brilliant going through this from alpha to omega.
    Amongst much he said `a society will disintegrate if those in power be those ; generals, judges from the courts, the police and the elected by the people think that they themselves are above the constitution/law……
    It is a categorical imperative from the ethical and morally point of view as I have been telling You (my class) about S

  20. Hamza says:
    July 13th, 2009 11:33 am

    The free media in Pakistan has been a mixed blessing. But in cases of corruption, like this one, they have proven to be very useful. Let’s see if the PML-N takes action in this case. Signs suggest that they will.

    I, too, am concerned with the comments on the ATP facebook page. Some posters have gone so far as to call for her to be executed, among other harebrained ideas. I’m glad the blog posters remain committed to a reasonable debate and dialogue. In one sense, it’s a good thing that the readership demographics of the facebook page and the blog don’t overlap. If that were to occur, the level of discourse here would plummet, and I imagine, many older posters will not write their comments any longer.

  21. Khan says:
    July 13th, 2009 12:14 pm

    There is nothing strange in this case, its PML-N at work.

  22. Usman says:
    July 13th, 2009 12:19 pm

    PMLN should be applauded and given all the credit. Parliamentarians from other parties are no different or angels but their parties put a curtain on all such activities and hide them from media without taking any action. However PML is setting a great example by allowing independent inquiry.

    @ Mr. Amir Ali: I think you miss Musharraf whose ministers were involved even in rape cases but noone dared do anything against them.

  23. Aamir Ali says:
    July 13th, 2009 1:42 pm

    @Usman

    The cat is out of the bag now, because of the media, forcing the PML-N to respond. However given what we have seen in last 1.5 years, this member of PML-N will also go scott free once the story gets old and media coverage lessens.

  24. Roshan says:
    July 13th, 2009 2:57 pm

    Sohail Ahmed in his political comedy ‘hisb-e-haal’ said “Lagta hai muslim league noon ko jin chimar gayay hain.”
    Its true that so many parliamentarians from PML-N such as Haji Pervaiz (Rawalpindi), Munawaar Gill MPA, Chauhadry Ghafoor (provincial minister) and now Shumaila Rana has created a very awkward situation for PML-N leadership to defend their parliamentarians.
    But their leadership, I hope will handle this situation in a decent way. It seems, if the accused is proved guilty, the leadership will seek her resignation. Haji Pervaiz’s resignation improved PML-N image so will be the resignation of Ms. Rana.
    I hope other parties will also follow the same pattern. Hats off for media for highlighting the issue when police was reluctant to register FIR against the MPA.

  25. faraz says:
    July 13th, 2009 3:19 pm

    Usman said!
    “PMLN should be applauded and given all the credit. Parliamentarians from other parties are no different”

    Really! So they all are “pocket” thief?

  26. Irfan says:
    July 13th, 2009 3:20 pm

    @Usman

    The best time for PML N to set examles was in 1998 when Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa was charged with electricity theft. It was the time when Nawaz Sharif was pretending to Implement Shria Law in the country. He could have set example by implementing the most beautiful law of the world “The Shriat Law” that says to chop the hands of the thief. But the thief was made Governor Punjab after two months. It was the time when no one could open the lid from these thieves and just newspapers and Nawaz Sharif Nama were the only source of information. This time they have been tapped and they are still she is so shameless to point fingers on others. We as a noation need to support our country before any party and if any one does that we should condemn that instead of saying that why PPP or PMLQ or MQM has not done like that.

    @ Alvi

    I have witnessed a poor guy was jailed for stealing a loaf of bread and curry from some one’s kitchen. The law should be same for all if there is any law in Pakistan.

  27. Daktar says:
    July 13th, 2009 3:56 pm

    Amir Ali, because of you I will sound like I am defending this woman – whcih I will never do, nor do I like PML-N. But what I dislike is the smugness of people who will put reason aside to make cheap political points.

    You want a list of MINISTERS of Musharraf that he chose NOT to act again despite crimes even worse, just read this site and its past posts. Start here:

    http://pakistaniat.com/2006/06/26/no-minister/
    http://pakistaniat.com/2007/03/13/pakistan-wasi-zafar-voice-america-interview-news-ansar-abassi-law-minister-supreme-court/
    http://pakistaniat.com/2006/12/01/accident-or-criminal-neglect-by-the-powerful/

    you want more, maybe on Musharraf’s chosen one – Shaukat Aziz.

    Don’t you wish they also took heed of ‘cats out of the bag’.

    please spare us the cheap point scoring.

  28. Mussafir says:
    July 13th, 2009 4:06 pm

    @Hamza

    I agree with your comment about the demographics of facebook and ATP blog. I recently saw a comparison of the readership of both and I also hope the facebook kind does not make it to the blog site :)

  29. Daktar says:
    July 13th, 2009 5:08 pm

    Actually, I hope there is more interaction between the FB and main blog people. Both will learn and the dialogue will be good for both.

  30. Aamir Ali says:
    July 13th, 2009 6:24 pm

    @Daktar

    Musharraf is gone, please stop hiding behind Musharraf.

    This woman is a thief, so is the head of her party. They were thieves long before 1999, and its YOU who votes for them, so they can keep stealing. Enjoy your sham-democracy.

  31. Siko Baba says:
    July 13th, 2009 6:45 pm

    Shumaila Rana is daughter of Hidayat Ali, she was accused of theft of credit cards but here I am unvailing something nobody knows. Anjum Rana mother of shumaila rana has an office in Nadiarabad Badian road Lahore, the so called office is actually is an illagally occupied land of a labourar who once resides thier. Anjum Rana kicked out that innocent labourar and his fanily from his house and occupied that house which now is her office. The innocent labourar was forced be Anjum Rana not to raise his voice uless he will have to pay for it. 2nd issue is that Nawaz Sharif fund which is given every month to deserving people she does not worthly doing that. When benazir income support started she took Rs100/- for each form filling and filled her pockets illegally.No one took notice of that, even now she is eating up the money for deserving people given by PML-N every month.

  32. Boota says:
    July 13th, 2009 7:36 pm

    Some one hang nawaz sharif who eaten up the money in Karz Utaro Mulk Sawaro
    Some one hang Musharaf who sold all the grain and flour of Pakistan
    Some one hang zardari who is looting people of Pkaistan by adding tax to petrol

  33. Eidee Man says:
    July 13th, 2009 9:40 pm

    Wow. As hilarious as this episode is, I must admit that I feel a bit sorry for her. Not only is she a petty thief, but a very stupid one at that.

    If she really wants to steal, then she should at least make sure her theft is on par with that of other parliamentarians; she could have so easily placed herself on some privatization committee and asked for more substantial kickbacks.

    I think her biggest mistake was that she attempted to steal from another citizen, and NOT the government! :-)

  34. MQ says:
    July 13th, 2009 10:31 pm

    Roshan, can you help recall the name of the Punjabi poet who was spot on when he said:

    Looch lafang elect hooa hai, annay wah

    “We have elected riffraf, blindly “

  35. ASAD says:
    July 13th, 2009 10:37 pm

    MQ, that was Khalid Masood. See here for the full verse:
    http://tinyurl.com/n4drdy

  36. readinglord says:
    July 13th, 2009 11:47 pm

    Recently there is a spate of reports of alleged instances of misbehavior and foul play on the part especially of the Muslim League (N) MPAs. It is indeed intriguing why the media is particularly after the MLN MPs and that too in pointing out the scandals involving foul play in their personal and private affairs when big scandalous acts allegedly committed by the MLN government at official level are being ignored altogether. One such scandal is the allegation of embezzlement of the donations made by the people in the

  37. Asad says:
    July 14th, 2009 12:50 am

    I also think, that judging by the round-about statements of all concerned, she will get away scott free, with only a slap on the wrists.

  38. Voyageur says:
    July 14th, 2009 1:49 am

    I guess it

  39. Nauman says:
    July 14th, 2009 3:13 am

    Phaink du iinn ku bahir gali main,

    Nai Tehzeeb kaiy Andaiy hain Gundaiy.

    Jis country kaiy leaders dakait huun uss country ka Allah Hi Hafiz haiy

  40. dot says:
    July 14th, 2009 7:34 am

    the practice of defaming, mudslinging, below-the-belt reporting was revived again by Mr. A. Abbasi… our “awara” media is best at this game…

  41. Memoona Saqlain says:
    July 14th, 2009 8:22 am

    This issue is not yet resolved and it will take some time to settle things in this issue of credit card stealing, however our media, especially geo t.v is crossing all the limits. It’s really too much the authorities really need to give them a line of action for dealing such issues.

  42. Imran says:
    July 14th, 2009 8:24 am

    Nothing strange about it, we are use to our leaders stealing.

    Heading should be changed, word “strange” should be removed.

  43. Irfan says:
    July 14th, 2009 9:24 am

    @MQ

    I think the name of that poet is Khalid Masood. But these politicians are not worth of being related to his poetry. They should be attched to Imam Din Gujrati’s poetry.

  44. AC says:
    July 14th, 2009 7:54 pm

    I was directed here by Asia Chronicle (www.asiachroniclenews.com) — good blog post, what do you think will come now that Pakistan has again had its confidence shaken?

  45. S. Harpasand says:
    July 14th, 2009 8:44 pm

    ummm…..isnt it possible that she used the cards thinking those were her own ? maybe someone set her up?

    Some of the facts dont jive in this story. According to the video, the shopkeeper is claiming that she clearly identified herself as an MPA. If she was really trying to get away with this she could have said she was the person whose cards she were using.

  46. againstcurrptleaders says:
    July 15th, 2009 4:21 am

    Please now get rid of those curupt leader who are sucking Pakistan every mement. Wake up Pakistani, else they will sell out pakistan and leave to their respective countries like SOB shoukat Aziz, the american dog.

    Hall with Pakistan and with Pakistanis

    Imran Khan’s lover

  47. Sikandar says:
    July 15th, 2009 8:58 am

    The real good news now is that the media is vigilant and therefore people will think twice before doing these things and that is great for accountability

  48. Mohsin says:
    July 15th, 2009 1:37 pm

    Haji Pervaiz, Munawar Gul, Ch. Abhdul Ghaffor and now Shumaila bibi. I think PML (N) has given their tickets to the characterless people. I am not going to vote for them in future, bring on Imran’s party :)

    All Hail media and close circuit cameras !

  49. Ali Khan says:
    July 15th, 2009 3:19 pm

    Hi all dear friends who left their comments,

    Listen guys the real story could be different. Suddenly listening and blaming someone is not at all a wise way.

    Just wait and see the reality, instead of cursing and accusing someone. She is someone’s daughter, someone’s sister and the biggest of all she is a female and we must respect her. OK lets say she did it, she will face it but if she didnt please always think before you speak that you have sisters, mothers, wives at home who can be wrong at any stage, will you do this. Please stop rumors, wait and let the court decide what is right and what is wrong. Who are we to say anything on rumors and media.

    Thanks and try to understand, its the matter of your muslim female. To err is human and to forgive is devine.

    Regards,
    Ali,
    New York

  50. farhan says:
    July 16th, 2009 6:22 pm

    @ ali khan
    i agree up to some extent about to your point of view . but she was caught on the c.c cameras , so very little room left for her innocence; she is a public representative that’s why people are angry …even her own partly are looking for resignation from her.
    but to me the sad part is about the law enforcement agencies (police) role here. its been 5 days passed since this story came up , why she is not arrested yet? why the police has not questioned her ? why all the statements from concerned parties are coming through media? only 2 member pml(n) committee is looking the investigation…. that’s unbelievable.

  51. shahid says:
    July 18th, 2009 7:51 am

    Dear countrymen! when would sanity prevail in our beloved country. i am shocked how media in our country transforms an accused into a criminal. If someone is public figure he/she must be extremely cautious about his/her conduct but the sorry part is that our immature and “Breaking News Hungry” channels don’t even bother to wait for the other side of story to come. What does CCTV footage prove?? Absolutely nothing…Who knows the “brother in law” of complainant is Mr Truthful or has some motives… so media channels must wait before they start trail of someone by airing substandard and cheap comedy songs (Geo)… I wish someday somebody is clean enough to sue these channels….
    Anyways welldone Punjab Government for upholding the law.

    shahid

  52. Watan Aziz says:
    July 18th, 2009 9:12 am

    She may be guilty; of this and more!

    She may have been setup. Does anyone know of a Pakistani woman who leaves her children or handbag unattended? Credit card stolen? Nearly impossible. And allegedly two shops processed credit card transaction without an ID?

    Regardless.

    But the lynch mob is ready. Where is the hanging tree? Got rope?

    All of this fueled by an

  53. Aamir Ali says:
    July 18th, 2009 9:36 am

    The head of the PML-N hijacks a plane, admits it, is convicted for it, and later has the decision overturned because he is in power.

    So lets not get too worked up over this MPA, who is just following the behavior of her leader.

  54. Fesal Rana says:
    July 20th, 2009 3:14 pm

    -Did one never enters into a jewelry shop and make bargains in one’s life?

    or

    -Is security cameras’ time operated by the Bank Alfalah?

    or

    -Was acquiring of a credit card for her what the Fairy Godmother’s spell could be for Cinderella?

    or

    -Why she revealed her true identity, and of her mother, before the shopkeeper if she was really guilty?

    -If the shopkeeper is equally curious, he must (and I believe he is adapted and well trained) in preserving all her finger-prints (including the pen she held), did he took care of that? All I see is a confident shopkeeper, whose equanimity must be exemplary, for others. I suppose. :D

    -The graphological analysis of the signature? (Even a child can do that)

    She has not indulged in a fraud. She has been herself frauded upon! A friend can easily trick it with another friend. Come on guys, it’s common.

    THIS IS A REAL SCANDAL! (obviously out somebody is jealous of her for … he knows why ;))

    P.S. Congrats Shumaila! You will make it even many times through Hatak-e-Izzat! All I know is that you are not fully guilty. May be you were tempted. May be it was a conspiracy to mar your political career. Anyhow, Good Luck.

  55. July 21st, 2009 2:11 am

    If she is innocent, which she might be, then she should have revealed the other part of the story as she can get any top lawyer of the country. but its a lot of days passed and no solid counter proof has come upon.

    The officials of PML (N) should think if chaudhary abdul ghafoor and munwar gil can be forgiven (with more severe charges) then why not shumaila rana? keep the game fair and even for everyone.

  56. Kashif Ahmed says:
    July 23rd, 2009 4:34 am

    Dear all

    I beleive it can be an easy scam….

    Query 1: If she was a planned stealer then why did she show her identity and doing her own signature (showing her name clearly….she just forgot to write MPA with it)

    Query 2: Why the shopkeeper didn’t verify her signature with the signature on the back of the card. If card was without signature shopkeeper should have demand for it.

    Query 3: Does Miss Malik hold a personal credit card or use family credit card? (Normally, if you are used to of using more than one credit card frequently you don’t check receipt and sign it ultimately without checking the details, as you are not a professional but shopkeeper is trained professional for such transactions).

    Query 4: If she is not the member of health club then what was she doing there and how the lady identified her?…do they know each other? (It’s a very common practice that most of the time when we need quick cash money from credit card we:

    1: Go to a friend shop with POS facility where he swip our credit card and give us cash after deducting bank charges.
    or
    2: Ask a friend if they are planning to purchase something, if yes then he use our credit card and give us cash. This is the best option as no need to pay bank charges.)

    There are lot of loo-polls in this case. Just seeing a footage we cannot decide a crime. Geo news was not suppose to public a key evidence until it was analyzed and confirmed by the Courts. Suppose if my queries are positive then who will pay back for the insult suffered to Miss Malik. Geo news is also following the Indian Masala News Channels way of creating news.

    Hum logo mein yehi buraee hai jo bhi humein kuch dikhata hai hum yaqeen ker lete hain….apna dimagh use nahin kerte…

    Khuda hamein Insaaf kerne ki taufeeq ataa farmaey….

    Kashif Ahmed

  57. Amjad Shamim says:
    July 23rd, 2009 9:13 am

    Dear All,

    We, Pakistani, have a major problem that without evidence, varification and clarification, start blaming others. Who so ever is spreading this news, its GEO or other, they must varify the case first and then start highlighting these type of stores.
    Think for a moment about other leaders………. is there any one who didn’t steal a penny in their political career??????
    If all others are “PAK”, then start killing Shumaila Rana.

    May Allah give all of us courage, passion and understanding.

  58. Dawood says:
    July 23rd, 2009 9:23 am

    Amazing how her defenders are now trying to fill the comment boxes to turn the opinion. Guys, its on video, what is to dispute.

  59. Amjad Shamim says:
    July 25th, 2009 5:51 am

    Dawood Sab,

    We are not trying to defend but want to tell our nation that while highlighting these type of issues, please try to control media.
    If media is open in these type of things, then why other politicions thefts are not on the media??????

    It means u are defending others?????????

  60. Kashif Ahmed says:
    July 25th, 2009 2:27 pm

    I agree with Amjad !

    Everyone has citizen rights to be given free and fair trial…in this era of technology truth looks different on the screen…

    Insult is a punishment which has already been caused to Miss Rana….now further punishment would be unfair even if she is proved wrong….

    Are we turning the openion or Geo News which has turned millions of people against her….

    Just Think !

  61. July 26th, 2009 12:37 am

    According to a new item in The News:

    Punjab Assembly Acting Speaker Rana Mashood has accepted the resignation of PML-N MPA Shumaila Rana, who was accused of stealing a credit card.

    Addressing a press conference, Rana Mashood said Shumaila tendered her resignation to him on Friday night which was accepted on Saturday.

    He said Shumaila, along with her mother, came to his residence on Friday night and tendered her resignation to him. He said he received her resignation after getting assurance from the assembly secretariat that he could receive the resignation at his residence.

    He said after Shumaila

  62. Honky Donks says:
    July 26th, 2009 4:51 am

    Dear all

    It is clear to me that the law is not equal for everyone in Pakistan and most of us accept this as the way things are.

    I am amazed at some of the comments coming in support of this MPA. I wonder if this would still be the case if she was not a MPA of a major political party who did not have a standby candidate ready and so her departure would reduce their strength in the provincial candidate.

    The police refused to lodge an FIR till the press broke the story and showed the CCTV footage (more than 5 days later). Even then some of the comments suggest that the CCTV of the shop that got swindled could be doctored electronically by some malicious persons (I wonder why that is not suggested as a defence for criminals caught on tape in other civilized countries). Some of them ask us to forgive her since she is someones daughter, female etc (is this not true for all female criminals).

    We need to get ourselves out of this elitist NRO two class culture we are going to get our country back on the track of progress. We cant do that being the most corrupt (or the 2nd most corrupt) country in the world. We need to agree that we will have a merit based society that treats everyone equal even MPAs. Wake up guys, just get on the net and see what people are saying about Pakistan.

  63. Saeed Iqbal says:
    July 30th, 2009 6:52 am

    I think majority of the politicians are shameless people and keep ripping the country again and again. And same goes for their followers. They have different standards to themselves and different standars for their party workers and general public. Totally dishonest and shamless people. You should name Pakistan to Haramistan.

  64. Atif Hafeez says:
    October 9th, 2009 12:23 am

    Hello

    I am always against shopping with credit cards. Now a days it’s a common factor all over the world to take false advantages with your card. I found a website http://www.symbios.pk which is doing business without credit cards. You order and pay at your door step when item or product reached there.
    I recommend all of you to visit http://www.symbios.pk.

    Atif Hafeez

  65. noor ahmed says:
    October 14th, 2009 7:20 am

    They born due to corruption, grown up in corruption and live in corruption. Its usual for the politician of Pakistan. But the problem is that they havent improved their information. Now a days corruption,robbery, fraud and kick backs cannot be hidden. Just google “zardari Corruption” and there will be thousands of web sites.

  66. pakistani says:
    January 8th, 2010 10:12 am

    Now where is this case, and how come she escape ….where is CJ of Azad Adlia,,,,

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