ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has taken serious exception to the banning of women from attending the traditional Qaqlasht festival, said HRCP spokesperson Asma Jahangir. However, the spokesperson mixed up Chitral with Gilgit-Baltistan.
“This is discrimination and will send a negative message to tourism as well. Such violation of women’s rights is against the laws of the country and the women of Gilgit-Baltistan should not be treated any differently to women living in Pakistan.”
Ms Jahangir said the people of Gilgit-Baltistan desired to gain freedom for themselves but without extending these freedoms to their women in letter and spirit, their society would not progress. The germs of intolerance were unknown to Gilgit-Baltistan in the past.
This new unacceptable trend of oppressing women should be checked now before the cancer of intolerance spreads in the beautiful land of Gilgit-Baltistan, she added.