In a recent show, Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) parliamentarian Samina Khawar Hayat produced lotas (bathroom vessel) on a popular talk show to condemn the floor-crossing tactic of the opposition in Punjab province of Pakistan.
Miss Hayat was participating in a discussion on Tonight with Jasmeen (March 01, 2011) about the politics in Punjab where the leading political party, the PML-N, which is in staunch opposition to the federal government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), has recently welcomed a group of turncoats from PML-Q in order to throw the PPP out of coalition in Punjab’s provincial assembly.
As the PPP has been sent to the opposition benches, condemnations of this act of changing political fidelities have come in bitter words by both PPP and PML-Q. The latter is also taking the matter to the court. But on the talk show in question, PML-Q’s MNA (member National Assembly) Samina Khawar Hayat both literally and symbolically condemned the turncoat politics by producing “lotas” (ewers used in bathrooms for ablution) – that are symbolic of turncoats in Pakistani politics – and telling the host that she was showing the true nature of those changing fidelities.
Rolling a plastic lota on the desk, Miss Hayat actually took out another lota from her and smashed it to pieces by throwing it down on the floor, saying that this is what ultimately will happen to all lotas who have engaged in dirty politics.