KP Assembly Passes Resolution Against Aurat March and Calls it Shameful

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday in condemnation of “Aurat March” that was held nationwide on March 8.

Presented by Rehana Ismail of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), the resolution called out women for participating in the march, putting up placards, and raising slogans that manifested obscenity.

“Some hidden forces have sped up their efforts to destroy our family system and social customs, the practical demonstration of which took place on March 8, 2019, in various big cities on Women’s Day,” said the resolution.

The resolution termed the demands made at the event as ‘shameful and un-Islamic’. The document stated that while the provincial assembly supports the right bestowed on women and minorities by Islam, the ‘obscenity’ displayed on March 8 is by no means acceptable to the house.
It further requested the provincial government to ask the federal government to ‘expose’ these forces and their ‘conspiracies’. It asked to chalk out a strategy to deal with such occurrences in the future.

Notably, there was a little opposition from the treasury benches. But after some negotiations and text-editing, the resolution got passed unanimously.

Ruling party’s Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Ayesha Bano said that they support organizations that campaign for women rights. However, “We do not accept any demands of women which are against Islam,” said the politician.

Opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani, who hails from MMA, mentioned a banner at the Aurat March that read, “Apna moza khud dhundo (find your own sock).” “If I have pain in my back and my wife helps me put on a sock, what is wrong in that?” remarked the MPA.