A right snatched away

President Musharraf fulfilled his promise by conducting free and fair elections in a relatively peaceful environment.
First time in Pakistan’s history a democratically elected government finished its constitutionally required time of 5 years. First time in Pakistan’s history people were allowed to exercise their ‘righ’t to choose their government without the interruption of the military.

But unfortunately even rights are not safe from attacks as a large number of women in Peshawar were barred from voting at polling stations by the electoral candidates of the provincial constituencies of PF-6, PF-7 and PF-8. A female presiding officer at the Khazana Bala polling station showed reporters an agreement written in Urdu that said, “We, the candidates for PF-8, announce a ban on women’s participation in the February 18 balloting, given that women had been barred from voting in the previous elections as well.” Similarly, panchayats (local village councils) in Mianwali and Sargodha also banned women from voting.

Apart from that, Abdul Sattar Edhi, a social worker, upon reaching the Kharadar polling station in Karachi, came to know that he could not vote because his name was not registered. Shocked and disappointed he said, “I am a true Pakistani, but cannot exercise my right of voting.”

Similarly, deposed chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary and former superior judges Shakirullah Jan and Sardar Raza Khan, who are strictly under-house detention since November 3, weren’t allowed to cast their votes for the general elections aswell.

So what is a right? How do you define it?

4 Comments so far

  1. KAMI (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:14 am

    Now that the Mullah are out, sanity will prevail in NWFP, and women will get a chance to breath again. Its good that the people experienced their rule, realized their folly of voting for them in a wave of anti-American sentiment, but now they know better.

    Another big positive viz a viz women empowerment in this election has been that a substantial number of women were given tickets by all the main political parties and quite a few manged to defeat their male opponents.

    Bravo! Way to go Ladies!

  2. asif (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:29 am
  3. (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 10:00 am
  4. bart (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

    hi, thanks for dropping by… i’d lost sight of you for quite a while but i like your new blog, it gives me an interesting insight as to what is happening in pakistan…

    keep well…

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