The government announced its support for Aurat March on the occasion of International Women’s Day and expressed the hope that the participants of the march would not harm the honor and dignity of the country,
The opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) also expressed their support for the march, but asked the organizers to take a stance which was culturally acceptable to society and safe.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), however, announced complete support for the march with no strings attached. It accused both the Pakistan Tekreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and PML-N of being on the same page on the issue of women’s march and renounced themselves to have a progressive stance.
In a ceremony on Friday, Firdous Ashiq Awan announced, “We will have to trace who are those handful people who possess this mindset and why they are busy in misleading the entire nation, especially women,” she said.
She said that empowering women was the PTI government’s most important mission. Although she wondered what kind of power did (women marchers) want by coming out on roads and raising slogans not permitted by “values of our society, religion and family”.
The special assistant did not elaborate what she was meant by the “mindset” which, she claimed, was misleading the people.
Dr Awan said the Constitution provided full protection and rights to women and that it was the aim of the government to make women independent.
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