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Leader of Muslim Parliament condemns Gender discrimination and threats against woman Minister

  • Brother of UK-Pakistani man released from Shariah imposed death row last year calls on President Musharraf and the Government to ensure the rule of law

Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, the director of Muslim Institute and Leader of the Muslim Parliament and Amjad Hussain calls on President Pervez Musharraf and the Government of Pakistan to curb the rise of extremism and gender discrimination in the country.

The call comes after weeks of stand off between the authorities and hard-line clerics and fanatics who blocked roads and tried to impose Shariah (Islamic rule) in the capital and took captive law enforcement officials. Previously they issued fatwa (religious edict) against the Minister for Tourism Senator Mrs Nilofar Bakhtiar following her parachute jump in France in March to raise money for victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. In February of this year a misguided religious fanatic shot dead a provincial woman minister because he thought Muslim women should not participate in public life.

Dr Siddiqui, himself a scholar of international repute expressed concern:

“at disturbing revival of extremism and Talebanisation, worsening Humans Rights condition and gender discrimination in the country. These fanatics by their repressive actions are bringing the good name of Islam into disrupt worldwide. No civil society can endorse the use of violence for political objects or least the places of worship for instigating the same.”

While expressing solidarity with Senator Bakhtiar, he adds:

“We are really dismayed at the behaviour of the fundamentalist clerics and some opportunists in the ruling party; the way they have misrepresented and sensationalised your noble cause to raise money for the earthquake victims. We condemn their threats and intimidations towards you. More over we express solidarity with women in public life and the gender discrimination they face in Pakistan. The Pakistan Diaspora community in UK and EU is supportive of the splendid job that you are doing as Tourism Minister.”

We call upon authorities in Pakistan to ensure that women in public life are not discriminated against and to assure their safety and security.




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