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National Assembly Committee Seeks Investigation Into ‘Objectionable’ Banners At Aurat March

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National Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony on Wednesday asked ministries of interior and legal affairs to hold an investigation into what they called the ‘objectionable’ material displayed at the Aurat March held on International Women’s Day on March 8. The ministries were further instructed to provide details of the action taken against the ‘elements behind displaying the sacrilegious banners and posters’.
Maulana Asad Mehmood, son of Maulana Fazlur Rehman who was chairing the meeting, said that the banners were contrary to the teachings of Islam and Pakistan’s Constitution.
Further, the committee asked the authorities concerned to give details about the NGOs that partook in the march and their sources of funding.

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Organisers of the Aurat March in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad had strongly denied accusations the participants insulted Islam. They also sought an apology from journalists who took part in the disinformation campaigns.
The TTP, in its statement, asked the march organisers to ‘fix’ their ways. “There are still many young Muslims here who can protect Islam and the boundaries determined by Allah,” it read.

The hate against Aurat March continues on social media despite carious explanations by the organisers that their sloganeering and content of the placards were deliberately misconstrued to incite violence against the participants.
Activists have called on the government to take notice of the threats to the marchers and act against those spreading disinformation about the march.

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