Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has issued a strong statement against the Aurat March saying that his party would not allow ‘vulgarity’ and ‘obscenity’ in the name of human rights.
While addressing a gathering, Fazl said, “I want to make it clear that rebelling against the Quran and Sunnah and our culture in the name of human rights is not something we will allow. If anyone thinks they can come on roads under different banners and threaten our culture and Islamic values, they should know that we will also come out to stop them.”
He asked his party workers to ensure that the march does not take place. “Wherever you see such elements, ask the law [enforcement authorities] to stop them, but if the authorities provide protection to such protests, then get ready for any sacrifice. We cannot let Islam and our cultural values be bad-named”, he said.
Last week, a JUI-F Sindh leader had also opposed the Aurat March calling it an attempt to destroy Sindh’s cultural values. He had asked the provincial administration to not allow the march.
Meanwhile, Aurat March organisers have vowed not to be cowed down by the religious groups accusing them of ‘vulgarity’, making it clear that they will go ahead with the march.