Pakistan women rally for rights in defiance of religious hardliners Mar 09, 2021 0 282 12345 dpa IslamabadThousands of Pakistani women rallied across the country on Monday, defying religious hardliners to demand equal rights.Rallies were organized in all major cities, where thousands of women, men and children marched carrying placards with slogans against sexual harassment, lack of opportunities and injustice.“We are committed to ensure a secure and enabling environment for women to play their rightful role in our nation’s development,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said on the eve of International Women’s Day marches according to his office.The Aurat March or Women’s March was founded in the South Asian country in 2018, when women from different walks of life marched through Pakistan’s port city of Karachi demanding equal rights. Since then, there have been annual demonstrations in major cities.Special security arrangements were made for this year’s march and the organizers made it mandatory for participants to wear face masks and maintain distance due to the coronavirus.Equal rights, freedom for adults to choose their life partner, an end to forced marriages in the name of culture and religion, and an end to sexual harassment were among the demands of the marchers.Islamic groups and right-wing political parties oppose these marches because they believe women are only entitled to the rights prescribed within the confines of Islam.They accuse participants of being “un-Islamic” or foreign-funded, for example. In 2020, activists were attacked by misogynist extremists on the sidelines of an event in the capital, Islamabad. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi confirms drone attack on its oil facility Mar 09, 2021 0 358 Pope returns from Iraq visit, criticises treatment of women Mar 09, 2021 0 343 Afghanistan receives 468,000 vaccine doses Mar 09, 2021 0 822 Afghan leaders angered by Blinken on peace process dpa Washington Afghan politicians reacted angrily on Monday to the tone of a letter sent by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the government in Kabul that made suggestions about accelerating the peace process, .. Eight killed in fire at migrant facility in war-torn Yemen Sana’a: At least eight people died on Sunday and 170 others were injured in a fire at a holding facility for migrants in war-devastated Yemen, the UN migration agency said. “Eight people confirmed dead; the total death .. Israel starts vaccination of Palestinian workers dpa Tel Aviv The Israeli authorities have officially started COVID-19 vaccinations of Palestinians who have a work permit for Israel and the West Bank settlements. Vaccination stations have been set up at several .. Syrian president Assad, wife Asma test +ve for COVID Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for the coronavirus but are in good health, according to a statement from the presidency. They did a PCR test after experiencing “mild ..