The Frontier Post, April
on RAWA rally condemned
PESHAWAR (PPI) - People
from different walks of life Wednesday, condemned Afghan Taliban for attacking
a peaceful rally organized by members of Revolutionary Association of the
Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) here on Tuesday.
Secretary general PPP (Shaheed
Bhutto Group), Dr. Ghulam Hussain at a press conference here said, "we
condemn the attack which is open interference in Pakistan internal affairs".
Chairman of Pakistan Awami
Party (PAP), Fanoos Gujjar in a statement demanded of the government to
arrest those Afghan students who attacked the rally with batons and punish
He said had these any objection
on the rally, they would have expressed their sentiments in a democratic
way by taking out their procession.
He maintained that the
way Afghan Taliban group attacked the women rally suggests that they wanted
to promote their fundamentalism on the soil of Pakistan.
He warned the government
to take notice of the activities of such foreign elements in time otherwise
problem would aggravate to such extent that at later stage government may
not be able to control the situation.
He said expressed all out
support of his party to the RAWA and other democratic and progressive Afghan.
Meanwhile, the vice-chairman
of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan NWFP chapter Afrasiab Khattak condemned
the Taliban attack on RAWA activists and demanded stern action against
In a statement issued there
Wednesday, he said it was violation of basic human rights and government
should take notice of the developments taking place in its country.
He also appealed to democratic
and progressive elements of the country to come forward and launch a war
against the forces of "darkness".
takes serious note of attack on RAWA rally
International, May 1, 1998
PESHAWAR (NNI): The NWFP
Chief Minister Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi taking a serious note of
the Afghans' attack on the rally of Revolutionary Afghan Women Association
(RAWA) the day before yesterday said that acts of suppression won't be
allowed on the Pakistani soil.
Official sources told NNI
Thursday that the Chief Minister took up the issue with the concerned authorities
saying "we respect the democratic rights of the people but that does
not mean that we would not react to the people violating others rights."
He warned of strict action against those who repeat such act of violence
Abbasi also directed the
law enforcing agencies to keep vigil on those who try to create law and
order situation and act against them effectively.
The sources said that the
Chief Minister has also raised the issue with Afghan Counsel General. He
told him that Pakistan was helping its Afghan brethren for twenty long
years and its brotherly attitude has not changed despite the withdrawal
of the foreign troops, "if such situations start arising so often
it will naturally affect the behavior of the people of NWFP," the
Chief Minister added.
He stressed the need that
the Afghans keep their differences within the boundaries of their country,
"they won't be allowed to use Pakistani soil to settle their disputes
by force at any cost," he said.
He said that Pakistan was
a democratic country where every one had the freedom of expression in line
with the democratic traditions.
The Muslim, April
on women rally flayed
LAHORE, April 29: Attack
on women's procession in Peshawar by supporters of Taliban provoked strong
protest in women's organizations here who condemned the Kabul government
for its discriminatory measures against women talk in Afghanistan.
Women procession which
came under attack in Peshawar was arranged by Revolutionary Association
of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) to observe 'Black Day' against occupation
of Kabul by Taliban.
Begum Tahira Mazhar Ali,
General Secretary Democratic Women's Association, condemning the attack
against RAWA rally said, Taliban regime was misusing the sacred name of
Islam which imposed fascist measures against women barring them form education
and employment opportunities, subjecting them to worst type of discrimination.
She said so-called Islamist regime resorting to savage measures forced
women and poor population of the country to die in hunger and destitution.
Referring to the attitude
of power engaged in "peace talks", Tahira Mazhar Ali said it
was regrettable to note that none of the powers that matter in Afghan affairs
cared to force Taliban to stop their savagery. They were rather interested
only in having a free and safe passage to Central Asian Republics to benefit
from their rich resources.
News, May 1,1998
attack on women condemned
Party Pakistan express its deepest concern over this incident
Islamabad: (Staff Reporter):This
is to condemn the brutal attack on a peaceful RAWA procession in Peshawar
on April 28th by the fundamentalist group of Taliban. The Labour Party
Pakistan express its deepest concern over this incident.
The incident shows the
complete hypocracy of Taliban in their insurance to the world imperialism
that they have respect for women.
We also condemn the so-called
peace talks by different fundamentalist groups in Islamabad on the initiative
of American Imperialism as this would only result in intensifying the violation
of human rights by the united mullah government in future. The incident
has exposed the real fascist nature of Taliban government.
The Labour Party Pakistan
would organize meetings, picket lines and demonstrations in Lahore and
around the country to condemn the incident. We show our complete solidarity
with Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) in their
fight against the fundamentalism and for the restoration of a real democracy
in Afghanistan. Hands in hands with the Afghan people, the Pakistani masses
will overthrow the present capitalist and feudal system that is promoting
fundamentalism, intolerance and fascism in the region.
Post, May 3, 1998
attack on RAWA rally condemned
PESHAWAR - The chairman,
Human Rights and Wildlife Protection Organization, Sikander Khan, secretary
general Dr. Fazal Sher and vice chairman Sajjad Haider have condemned the
attack on the procession of RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women
of Afghanistan) by the Taliban and their followers.
In a joint press release
issued here on Saturday, they said that the religious students were brought
from the near by madrassas in Peshawar and they tried to create law and
order situation in the city. They added that these Taliban wanted to turn
NWFP in to a mini-Afghanistan and they tried to create anarchy on Pakistani
The office-bearers said
that the women of Afghanistan have rendered extreme sacrifices for the
liberation of Afghanistan from the invaders but their this great role has
completely been ignored by the power hungry Afghan war-lords.
They regretted that their
soil has been used by these war-lords for settling their personal scores
and the government totally failed to restrict their activities and now
they have turned their guns towards a weak segment of the society, Afghan
The organization's members
said that a lot of restrictions have already been imposed by the Taliban
government on the name of Islam and all the doors of acquiring education
were closed on females. They added that the Afghan widows and working women
have been passing through great mental and physical agony.
They asked the government
of Pakistan to take stern action against those who have been arrested and
exemplary punishment should be awarded.
Post, May 3, 1998
animosity towards women
A procession organized
by RAWA, consisting of Afghan women and children, was peacefully demonstrating
in Peshawar, the other day, against warring groups in Afghanistan. In retaliation,
a large number of Taliban students, armed with bamboos and sticks, attacked
the demonstrating women and children, to "teach them a lesson for
raising slogan against macho-Taliban".
Nowhere in the world, never
so in a Pakhtun set-up, the weaker sex is ever subjected to an organized
attack by a collective force of men. Secondly, this is the first instance
of the savagery and fundamentalism practiced in the Taliban-dominated Afghanistan,
showing its ugly head in a metropolis of Pakistan. Unless deterrent action
is taken against the responsible elements, the government of NWFP will
be considered privy in helping establish the first ever laboratory to nurture
and generate germs capable of setting trends to settle scores by foreign
elements in Pakistan. For the first time the long-talked-about "foreign
hand" is publicly spotted. The government must act swiftly to chop
off the "foreign hand", to avoid expressing remorse at a letter
Sgb Shah Bokhari,
The Frontier Post,
May 4, 1998
The king, the
saint and the woman
M Ilyas Khan
When Rome was burning,
Nero was playing his fiddle. Peshawar has not been burning exactly, but
one wonders what Chief Minister Mehtab Abbasi was doing when the Taliban
laid siege of the main University Road near Peshawar Club last Tuesday
and searched buses for Afghan woman activists?
Peshawar is not burning.
Not yet. But this is no justification for our hero Abbasi to keep playing
launched in Afghanistan four years ago, the analysts said they would finally
turn of Pakistan in the fashion of the proverbial chicken coming home to
roost. Tuesday's incident shows that the prophecy has at least partly come
For those who missed the
big news, let me recall the bitterness that was created when a group of
baton-wielding Taliban attacked an Afghan women's procession on Tambwano
Chowk last Tuesday.
The women, who included
girl students of the Afghan schools operating in Peshawar and Jolozai,
and the activists of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
(RAWA), were demonstrating on the occasion of what they called the Black
Day - commemorating the capture of Kabul by "fundamentalists"
on April 28,1992.
The attack by the madrassah
students came when the women raised anti-Taliban slogans and performed
the mock hanging of the Taliban's Amir, Mulla Mohammad Omar, on the gallows
fixed atop one of the vehicles that accompanied the procession.
provoked the baton-wielding fanatics to attack women - an undignified act
for an Afghan male, or any male for that matter. But did the women budge?
According to newsmen present
on the occasion, the women let the guys have a taste of the legendary Afghan
resistance; they attacked them back with sticks and stones, and gave some
of them a black eye. The attackers were dispersed by the police by firing
teargas shells and using their own share of the batons in the field.
So for so good. But what
took the cake was the event that followed. Coming to know about the reverses
suffered by their comrades at Tambwano Chowk, some 300 students from a
madrassah in the heart of Peshawar Cantonment came out and started regulating
traffic on a major city route. They were stopping and searching mini-buses
to see if they could find an odd RAWA woman dispersing from the procession.
Lucky they didn't find
any. There is no telling what they might have dong in the heat of the moment,
given the track record of their superiors in affairs concerning "womanly
behavior", and open-air execution of justice.
Unluckily, however, they
continued to dominate the University Road during their pleasure, folding
their batons (!!) under the arms only when they had made sure that the
RAWA procession had dispersed and the women gone away.
Unluckily for the chief
minister, because he heads the executive authority of this province, and
unluckily for the people of this province, because the more this executive
authority privatizes its economic assets, the more its control over law
and order gets privatized, and in the end it is always the common folks
who get the worst of both worlds.
People are already facing
problems which are extremely serious, but which the people's representative
executive authority tends to describe rhetorically in official meetings
as "numerous" problems. It has failed to implement the Pure Foods
Act, for instance, or the Drugs Act, which has exposed the people to contaminated
mail, meat and other foodstuffs on the one hand, and thrown them at the
marcy of extortionist quack doctors and chemists on the other. There is
no development work, no employment (and therefore no purchasing power,
no savings and no consumption). They available communications infrastructure
is falling into disrepair and public utilities establishments are drying
up like dead moths.
And now the ultimate outrage.
By occupying the University
Road in the manner they did, the Taliban have not only shown their disgust
of the RAWA women, they also challenged the government by openly taking
the law into their hands and keeping it for over half an hour before retiring
to their madrassah.
The Afghan women treated
them with a royal flair and put them right where they belong. Can Mehtab
Abbasi pick up from where the girls left off?