The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) decision of not allowing female journalists to cover the “Azadi March” in Islamabad has been widely criticized by people.
The JUI-F leadership also conveyed the decision to the other opposition parties.
Amid rising anger over the lack of women participating in the march, some female journalists have alleged that they have been turned away from the venue and told they would not be allowed to cover the march, as it is for men only.
Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri of the JUI-F took to the stage and announced to all marchers that women journalists should not be stopped from covering the event.
All women should be treated with respect, he said, adding that there was no ban on entry of women at the rally.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan also criticized the JUI-F leaders for not allowing women journalists to participate in their protest march.
In a tweet, she stated, “The JUI-F’s decision to bar female anchors and reporters from covering the protest march has renewed memories of the stone age.”
Earlier, the statements of the PML-N and the JUIF on the issue of the Azadi March were being contradicted.
According to the details, the chairman of JUIF Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman is refusing to postpone the meeting.
All the caravans arrived at the designated place according to the schedule, he said
Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman said, we are going to change the destiny of Pakistan through this Azadi March.
According to the sources, Pakistan Muslim League-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal said, the October 31 public meeting has been postponed, against government policies, this gathering will now take place on November 1, 2019.