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A great political controversy has arisen in Pakistan regarding the ‘Aurat March’ which will be organized on the day of the next International Women’s Day. The president of the Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam (F) party, Fazlur Rehman, has demanded a halt to the march. He has said that if necessary, his party will use the clubs to stop these events. March 8 is International Women’s Day. On that day, women’s organizations in Pakistan have made a program to hold processions across the country.
The head of the JUI (F) Islamabad branch, Abdul Majid Hazarvi, has said that if there has been any obscenity during the women’s march, we will condemn it. Women’s rights activists have pointed to the double side of the Jamiat in this regard. Hazarvi said these things on the sidelines of the demonstration, which was organized against the hijab controversy in India. Women activists have said that the Jamiat is advocating for the right of Muslim women in India to wear the hijab on the one hand and on the other hand is unwilling to accept the freedom of Pakistani women.
The president of the JUI (F), Fazlur Rehman, is also currently the president of the Democratic Alliance of Pakistan, the front of the opposition parties. In this context, it is likely that his party’s latest position raises questions for the entire opposition. Hazarvi said, “Obscenity is spreading in the name of women’s rights. We will use batons to stop it.
According to media reports, the women’s march began in Pakistan in 2018. That year also on March 8 women held processions through different cities and towns in the country. Its aim was to draw the country’s attention to issues related to women. Since 2019, the event has been attacked by radical groups. That year in Islamabad, women in procession were attacked by male students from Jamia Hafsa College. They tore up the tents of women’s organizations and threw stones at them.
Last year a petition was filed in Lahore court to ban the Aurat March. But the court rejected them saying that everyone has the right to a peaceful assembly according to the Constitution of Pakistan.
It was reported in the Dawn newspaper that this year the ruling Pakistani party Tehreek-e-Insaf first published an issue of Aurat March. Nurul Haq Qadri, Minister of Religious Affairs in the government of Imran Khan, wrote a letter to the Prime Minister this week saying that anti-Islamic slogans should be stopped on International Women’s Day. But Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said the government cannot control thoughts, clothes and so on. of no one. In addition, sanctions should only be imposed when there is a possibility of violence.
Meanwhile, Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan People’s Party has said some politicians are doing negative publicity on the issue. He has also had the support of Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Nations. These two figures are considered to be supporters of women’s rights in Pakistan.