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    President Musharraf: women’s rights are giving Pakistan a bad image

    by Sunny on 9th September, 2005 at 4:11 am    

    musharrafPresident Musharraf is worried that the negative publicity surrounding the treatment of women in Pakistan is doing damage to the country’s image, according to the the BBC. You have to laugh at the irony.

    His comments came while addressing a conference on violence against women in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. But two of Pakistan’s leading women’s rights groups have declined to participate in the meeting.

    The conference comes in the same week as two separate cases of women alleging that they were raped by police officers in Pakistan.

    He would prefer they highlight cases within the country he said, but not if they want to the international media! Presumably so he can put them under house-arrest when necessary.

    Not only that, in Battle for Islam he challenges Ziauddin Sardar on a more free press than Pakistan’s! The guy is good but occasionally sounds as if the Taliban are mixing opium in his chai. Before anyone adopts a morally superior tone however, I would like to point out that women’s rights in India don’t look much advanced either.

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    4 Comments below   |  

    1. Al-Hack — on 9th September, 2005 at 1:43 pm  

      hahahahaha!! The president is funny.

    2. muzlimjatt — on 9th September, 2005 at 6:22 pm  

      I was laughing to myself when i heard the “challenge” he put to Ziauddin Sardar, the general is a joke, and i hope he steps down, he is damaging to Pakistan’s democratic development, and he is forsaking the Islamic principles on which Pakistan was based on…

    3. Ahmad — on 9th September, 2005 at 9:03 pm  

      Womens issues are problems in Pakistan, no denying it.
      But prior to the President coming to power there were still womens issues. Even when we had a female pm we still had womens issues.

      Irrespective of the irony or what not the man has declared it is a problem, it’s far better than sweeping it under the carpet. I’ve never heard Nawaz Sharif ever say anything about womens issues.

      As for damaging Pakistans democratic development, I very much doubt it. The mad hatter maulvis protest every day even when the President breaks wind. If the man wanted to he would have implemented Marshal law in set areas and close these protests down, but he doesn’t.

      As for forsaking Islamic principles, I don’t see were he is? He hasnt restricted prayer in Mosques, He hasnt restricted gaining knowledge about Islam, Zakath is still to be paid by all. What else do you want him to do?

      If anything the man is aiming to put an end to petty religious squabbling which leads to drive by shootings outside Mosques and public places by militants.

      Pakistan does have its problems with regards to women, and the main front of the problems against Women are in the tribal areas were under some random kangaroo court people can exact revenge on a woman ‘legally’ by raping her. This is were it needs to be targetted, and surprise surprise its done in those communities were they wanna exact their own version of shari’ah.

      The military should have authority to go into those areas and put restrictions on the land owners so that they dont expand. What you will find that a whole village is owned by one landowner who owns miles of land. Within that land (because its private property) he could do what he feels like and implement his own laws if he wants to.

      People dont need that much land and the government should step in and take it over be it by military might. Leave a limited quota on the maximum amount of land.

    4. rkay — on 11th September, 2005 at 2:22 am  

      Good point Ahmed,

      I always wonder why there isn’t a jihad on feudal oppression!!

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