Lahore High Court issues notices to govts on plea to ban Aurat March
LAHORE: On Monday, the Lahore High Court issued notices to the federal and provincial governments on an application seeking a permanent ban on Aurat’s upcoming March for being “anti-state” and “un-islamic,” reported media sources.
LHC Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheik issued directives on a petition lodged by Advocate Azhar Siddique which claimed that “Prima facie the Aurat March is a misdirection and a failed attempt to raise serious issues that are commonly facing women.”
The petitioner said hundreds of women would march with placards showing various messages allegedly manifesting chaos and vulgarity once more.
Siddiqui argued that the fundamental purpose of Women’s Day was to recognize and appreciate women for their accomplishments, as well as to express solidarity with women fighting against oppression, sexism, racism and domestic violence throughout the world.
In his petition, Siddique further argued that “there are numerous anti-state parties present that are funding this Aurat March for the sole purpose of spreading anarchy among the people.”
The petition also called the march “contrary to Islam’s very norms” and its hidden agenda was to spread “anarchy, vulgarity and hatred.”
The petition requested that the court effectively enact the Acts stated in the petition to “silence Aurat March’s social media advertising and control protests such as the Aurat March.”
Some of the posters and slogans posed during the Aurat March were criticized last year and had become a topic of discussion with some people criticizing them as “vulgar.” The posters at issue had regularly illustrated the issues facing women.
Aurat March will be held across Pakistan on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.