Lahore High Court sent notices on Monday to the Federal and provincial governments to ban the upcoming Aurat March permanently, as the activity is “anti-state”.
Advocate Azhar Siddiqui filed a petition which stated, “Prima facie the Aurat March is misdirection and a failed attempt to raise grave issues commonly faced by women.”. LHC chief Mamoon Rashid Sheikh issued the directives on that petition.
International Women’s day will be held on 8th March. A campaign is organized on this day every year.
The petitioner claimed that hundreds of women will gather on this day again, holding placards with messages that represent vulgarity and anarchy.
Azhar Siddiqui also stated that the main objective of celebrating International Women’s day is to praise women for their success and achievements. He added that the purpose of remembering the day is to show solidarity with the women facing issues such as cruelty, discrimination, domestic violence, and ignorance.
In addition to this, Azhar Siddiqui further said in his petition that “there are various anti-state parties present who are funding this March with the sole purpose of spreading anarchy amongst the masses”.
The petitioner then requested the court to consider the acts mentioned in the petition to “silence the advertisement of Aurat March on social media and to regulate protests such as the Aurat March”
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