LAHORE: The Women’s Action Forum (WAF) is observing today (Tuesday) as ‘Pakistan Women’s Day of Protest’ according to a press release issued by the WAF on Monday.
According to the press release, Tuesday (today) it would be 25 years since 1983 that the women of Pakistan first came out into the streets of Lahore to challenge General Ziaul Haq’s military regime. Since then, every year the WAF has commemorated February 12 to celebrate women’s resistance against oppression in order to uphold the democratic rights of the people of Pakistan.
It was said that the WAF also supports the judges who refused to sign the Provisional Constitution Order 2007 agreement. It celebrates the lawyer’s movement and honours all those who have joined them in the fight for democracy.
It expressed its outrage at the bomb blast in Charsadda where the Awami National Party (ANP) meeting was held. It grieved with the families of those who lost their lives to this inhumane and barbaric act while protesting against the government’s inability to ensure the safety of its citizens in the home, the street, and at public meetings.
According to the press release, the WAF also rejected Scotland Yard’s findings regarding the cause of Benazir Bhutto’s death as the report was based on insufficient and incomplete data, and reiterated the demand for an independent United Nations Enquiry Commission investigation into the cause of her death.
It was also demanded that conditions should be created for a fair and free election and the arrest of Pakistan People’s Party workers in different cities especially in the cities of Sindh and Southern Punjab was condemned.
Source: Daily Times