Zardari warns against systematic women assault
ISLAMABAD—Co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and former President Asif Ali Zardari while warning the masses against ‘a systematic assault’ on women rights in the country has asked them to fight the said mind-set.
Asif Zardari in a message on the eve of the 63rd birthday of Benazir Bhutto to be observed on Tuesday said: “On this birthday of the Muslim World’s first directly elected woman Prime Minister it is worrying that, in the name of religion, obscurantist elements are increasingly suppressing women- some even calling for violence against them.”
He said that we condemn and reject such decla- rations by semi literate and obscurantist male chauvinists in the name of religion. We also condemn and reject the hysterical anti women noises increasingly being made by these elements, he said adding that the party vows to fight bigots and obscurantist to the finish.
Zardari also asked people to follow Benazir Bhutto in standing up to militants and extremists and not allow them foist their ideology through brute force. “At the same time we must also protect and defend democratic institutions and constitutionalism,” he said. “We also reiterate our pledge to extricate the poor from abject poverty and degradation.”—Agencies