So there has been a debate about bringing personal lives of politicians in political discussions. First thing first. I DO NOT condone discussing the personal life of anyone on a public forum and political arena. However, I'm a strong believer in giving it back, since some people would do anything to discredit their opponent. So the question is among the major players today i.e., PPP, PML-N and PTI, who started this game of casting personal aspersions on rival politicians. In my opinion, backed by some research, it is PML-N headed by Mr. Sharif (NS) who threw the first salvo. PML-N supporters can surely disgree, but DISAGREE WITH FACTS, not by lame rhetoric.
The two people to have suffered the brunt of PML-N's vilification campaign are Benazir Bhutto (BB) and Imran Khan (IK). For BB, services of Hussain Haqqani (HH) were hired (who ironically is the apple of Zardari's eye these days!), while in case of IK, it was none other than Mushahid Hussian (MH).
Quotes in blue.
Attacks on BB:
It is no secret that a nasty smear campaign was launched during 1988 elections against BB, spearheaded by HH on NS's instructions. I'm only lisiting only a few among a plethora of references.
1) Military intelligence (ISI) put its weight behind her opponents in the Muslim League and main religious parties. They airdropped leaflets showing an old
photograph of her mother in a cocktail dress dancing with President Gerald Ford. They referred to mother and daughter as “gangsters in bangles”
http://www.szabist.edu.pk/Publicatio...ons on MBB.pdf (This part written by Christina Lamb)
2) “Remember those leaflets we used to collect before her election?” he asked. He was referring to the 1988 election campaign, when her political rivals hired planes to throw leaflets with photographs that were doctored to show her wearing bikinis and miniskirts and dancing at college parties.
3) In 1988 as a paid advisor to Nawaz Sharif, he was the architect of the nasty smear campaign against Benazir Bhutto – which ranged from branding her a security risk to air-dropping leaflets showing photographs of her relaxing by the poolside in a revealing swimming costume.
Sheikh Rashid let loose (This one's probably the worst)
4) He began, “These days her [Benazir’s] situation is going up and coming down [O de halat uttay thally ho rai ne.].” He used his right thumb up and down suggestively which meant something so lewd that I cannot write it here. Then he made fun of her for losing her temper and said: “O barai chaiti garam ho jandi aye! [She heats up very fast].” With that he moved his four fingers and thumb like he was closing and opening them. This meant barking of a *****. He called Benazir a *****. He was hilariously applauded by the audience and the Muslim League leaders including Nawaz Sharif.
(Anyone from Lahore can confirm this incident from his parents/relatives)
I'm no fan of BB. My family has voted for NS for the last 25 years. But, you can see for yourself the sort of hounds let loose on her by none other NS. All the while, he forgot that someday he might have to face similar remarks (at that time Maryam Safdar (MS) had not eloped with Capt. Safdar).
Rana Sanaullah, at the time a PPP member (and sitting in Shahbaz Sharif's lap today), struck back in 1992 when delivering a speech in Chiniot. He passed many lewd remarks on MS and NS. This has been reported in several newspapers.
So my research of half an hour or so tells me that NS started this maddening campaign first and others had to strike back. Any PML-N supporter can provide some authentic counter references that show NS as the first victim.