GILGIT, Dec 29: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) women wing Gilgit-Baltistan chapter has welcomed the decision to appoint a lady governor in the region, saying that those who oppose it were unaware of history.
“We should not forget the golden era of Malika Jawar Khatoon who ruled Gilgit-Baltistan with sagacity and dignity centuries ago. She proved the best reformer and worked for the betterment of the poor by developing agriculture, trade, unity and internal security,” said Sadia Danish, PPP women wing president and members Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly.
Speaking during a gathering in connection with the second death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, she said that in the past there was no cultural taboo on women to work along with men.
“In the past, women took part in wars against Islam but it is strange that in the 21st century, some elements are ignoring the basic human rights of women given 14 centuries ago,” she added.
Workers of the PPP followed Ms Bhutto’s democratic guidelines and they fully support the decision of the President of Pakistan to appoint a lady governor Gilgit-Baltistan, she said.
She condemned the “hostility of a handful people having vested interests” who opposed the decision. She said that the high command of the PPP always prioritised loyalty, merit and sacrifices of workers and considered them for certain portfolios and “this historical decision of eliminating gender discrimination in Gilgit-Baltistan would remain an incredible chapter in the history of human rights”.
A large number of PPP workers and office-bearers participated in the gathering. Speakers paid tribute to the late prime minister and party chief on the occasion. They paid homage to the Bhutto family for their sacrifices to Pakistan. [DAWN]