Federal and provincial governments have been issued notices by the Lahore High Court on an application seeking a permanent ban on the upcoming Aurat March for being “anti-state” and “un-Islamic”.
The petition was filed by Advocate Azhar Siddique on which the LHC Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh issued the directives stating, “Prima facie the Aurat March is misdirection and a failed attempt to raise grave issues commonly faced by women.”
The petitioner said that once again numerous women will march with placards in their hands displaying many messages that will allegedly lead to anarchy and vulgarity.
As per Siddiqui, the main aim of Women’s day is to appreciate the achievements of women and express solidarity with women all over the world facing hardships, discrimination, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
Siddique claims, “there are various anti-state parties present who are funding this Aurat March with the sole purpose of spreading anarchy amongst the masses”.
Also, the petition said that the march is “against the very norms of Islam” and that its covert agenda is to spread “anarchy, vulgarity, and hatred”.
The petitioner requested the court to promulgate the Acts mentioned in the petition to “silence the advertisement of Aurat March on social media and to regulate protests such as the Aurat March”.
On March 8th, Aurat March will be held all across Pakistan to mark International Women’s Day. Women all over Pakistan march aiming to fight for equality and justice. Do you think this March should be banned?