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Asma criticises ban on women in festival

Updated Apr 21, 2017 10:58am

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LAHORE: Former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jahangir has taken exception to a ban on women from attending traditional “Qaqlasht Festival”.

In a statement issued on Thursday, she says this is discrimination and would send a negative message to tourists as well.

She states such a violation of women’s rights is against the laws of the country and the women of Gilgit-Baltistan should not be treated any different to the women living in Pakistan.

Ms Jahangir says the people of Gilgit-Baltistan desire to gain freedom for themselves but without extending these freedoms to their women in letter and spirit, their society would not progress. The germs of intolerance were unknown to GB in the past, she adds.

Published in Dawn, April 21st, 2017

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Comments (5) Closed



IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 21, 2017 11:19am

Women are the beauty of every land, they bring color to this life and Asma is 100% correct.

Thank you.

Ijaz Apr 21, 2017 12:05pm

Qaqlast is in Chitral, District of KPK, not is Gilgit-Baltistan.

M.Saeed Apr 21, 2017 01:41pm

@Ijaz: Correct observation. Now, where is PTI in this matter?They are already riding the shoulders of their women supports in every of their public meetings. They must add their acts in the matter, if they really care women's emancipation.

M. Emad Apr 21, 2017 03:09pm

Aim of Festivals should be to unite people and resist militancy through joy.

i don't know Apr 21, 2017 08:14pm

Not GB It is KPK