RAWA accuses govt of meddling in Afghan affairs
The News: Jang
By Ayesha Shaheen
PESHAWAR: Accusing the Pakistan government of meddling in the affairs of Afghanistan, speakers at an International Women's Day function here on Monday demanded that the Afghans should be left on their own to work for restoration of peace and democracy in their country.
"Pakistan is equally responsible for what is happening to women in Afghanistan," alleged Saima Karimi, an activist of the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan (RAWA).
She claimed that Taliban were the product of religious schools patronised by the Pakistani rulers. She said that it was because of outright support of Pakistan government that gross human rights violation were taking place in Afghanistan.
Womenfolk had been denied their basic rights like education and health, she said. "This fuss is created in the name of Islam, the religion which compels every Muslim for good education," she remarked. "Are they the only Muslims existing on this earth?" she asked. Even Taliban have not let the Afghan men to live freely, the way they wanted to live, she added. "We as a human right activist ask our Muslim brothers why are they silent on this inhuman attitude of the Taliban government? Isn't the condition of our country just like that of Bosnia, Kashmir and Palestine," she said.
President Pakistan Awami Party, Fanoos Gujjar speaking on the occasion also held the government responsible for the on-going crisis in Afghanistan.
"If Pakistan government is democratic one than it should support democratic forces in Afghanistan," he argued. "Islam is a religion, which provides equal rights, it is the clergy which misinterpreted religion for his own end," he said. He said that they had been exploited in the name of Islam due to unawareness. As far as the status of women is concerned, he said that the role model of Hazrat Khadija (AS), first wife of Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a symbol for all Muslim women. "She was the one whom Holy Prophet confided to when he was revealed for the first time, which is more than a justification given for the women's rights in Islam," he remarked.
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