An un­savoury fact

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

HASHIM ABRO

Th­ese are the worst times for wom­en­folk in Pak­istani so­ci­ety. There’s so much hype but noth­ing prac­ti­cal-only cos­metic mea­sures - for the over­all wel­fare and de­vel­op­ment of women in Pak­istan. One can quote count­less un­savoury facts re­gard­ing the suf­fer­ings and sor­rows of women both ur­ban and ru­ral in Pak­istan. When it comes to women rights, pro­mot­ing ac­tive women par­tic­i­pa­tion in so­cioe­co­nomic life and in­spir­ing a cul­ture of respect for wom­en­folk, our rulers are fickle, fa­nat­i­cal and misog­y­nist. The present PML (N) govern­ment ap­pears to have many misog­y­nist men, in­clud­ing Min­is­ters in the Fed­eral Cabi­net. A vile thing that was done, the other day, in au­gust lower House of the Par­lia­ment against an eru­dite jour­nal­ist and writer turned politi­cian, was com­pletely out of char­ac­ter and in con­flict with de­cency, deco­rum and ethics and gram­mar of pol­i­tics.

We all must, ir­re­spec­tive of our ide­o­log­i­cal, political and sec­tar­ian affini­ties and af­fil­i­a­tions, make the Fed­eral De­fence Min­is­ter re­al­ize to re­pent for the ug­li­ness of what he had done. He should feel shame and should not re­peat such a foul lan­guage in the ses­sion of the au­gust Na­tional Assem­bly.

Let’s change ev­ery­thing - neg­a­tive thoughts and emo­tions into pos­i­tive thoughts and emo­tions. Let’s make the hard­est de­ci­sions to cre­ate a clean and non-cor­rupt, eth­i­cal so­ci­ety. Let’s stay to­gether and work for it and for this we must respect our wom­en­folk in this so­ci­ety as or­dained by Al­lah in the Holy Qu­ran and ac­tu­alise women rights as en­shrined and guaranteed in the Con­sti­tu­tion of Pak­istan. —Is­lam­abad

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