Karachi is known as the trend setter in political arena of Pakistan. The city of lights took the lead once again on 19th Feb 2012 with an unusual event. This lead was not only confined to Pakistan but the whole world witnessed a historic event. The event which was a tribute to the Pakistani women for their struggle and sacrifices turned out to be a milestone for the women around the world. Hundreds of thousands of women from all walks of life gathered to show their united face to the Pakistani society which is mainly male dominated.
This biggest women public meeting was organized by MQM, the third largest political force in Pakistan. The selection of Bagh-e-Quaid for this historic event was not only symbolic but had great significance. This ocean of women was gathered around the mausoleum of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah to remind the founder of Pakistan that the women are now united for their empowerment and equal rights. The vision, mission and agenda of Quaid-e-Azam is still alive and at least there is one political force which has carried the torch of freedom, empowerment and equal rights for the most discriminated class of Pakistan. This is the bitter truth that we lost our ground and forgot our goals after the sudden death of Quaid-e-Azam. The ideology, philosophy and human charter behind the creation of Pakistan was revived only after the emergence of MQM on the political scene of Pakistan.
The symbolic part of this historic event was that few weeks back, pro-Taliban and pro-Al Qaeda forces organized their public gatherings at the same venue. The sectarian faces of extremism and terrorism with the help of our establishment were not even successful to gather few thousand men in these rallies. The presence of women is a big “ NO “ in their gatherings and they have established “ no go areas “ for women outside the premises of their homes. The public meeting of women organized by MQM gave clear message to the fanatics and fundamentalists of the country that the party will not only raise the voice for women but ready to safe guard the rights of their mothers, sisters and daughters.
The huge success of this event is so significant that it has portrayed the liberal and progressive face of Pakistan. Karachi has always been on the front line to promote the peace, equality and prosperity and now the women of Karachi have stood for the oppressed women of Pakistan. This was a huge challenge for the leadership of MQM as failure was not an option in this strategic move to bring women of Pakistan on an undisputed platform.
We should give the credit to the leadership of Mr. Altaf Hussain who came up with this idea of empowering women for stronger Pakistan. There is no example of such leadership in the recent times who has been living in exile but has full knowledge of the problems and challenges faced by the common people. Imam Khomeini of Iran was the only leader in recent times that lived in exile and ran a successful campaign to bring revolution. His followers in Iran had blind faith in his leadership. The neighbor of Iran, Pakistan now has the leadership of Mr. Altaf Hussain which matches the charisma and characteristics of Imam Khomeini. He has been living in exile for last 20 years but the connection with his followers, supporters and public is truly amazing.
Only a genius with the political vision and wisdom can organize this kind of mammoth women gathering without the discrimination of color, race, sect or religion. A country whose population constitutes of 51% women, a due share has not been given to the women. The relationship of men and women in small towns and villages is nothing more then the master-slave relationship where as in cities the male dominated ego push women back in the field of education, health and basic necessities. They are just the silent majority without any vibrant presence in the national affairs of Pakistan.
Mrs. Nasreen Jalil of MQM performed the duties of Deputy Mayor of Karachi for four years which shows that the party is strongly committed to the cause of empowering women. Khushbakht Shujaat and Nadia Gabol are few faces of talented, educated and energetic women from MQM.
Talibanization and Feudalism in Pakistan is a big threat which comes in the way to empower the women in the country. Taliban are threatening the girls in KPK province and destroying their schools with bombs. Women are not allowed to cast their votes in elections. On the other hand feudal lords, waderas and sardars in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan is the biggest hurdle in women empowerment. MQM is the only political party in Pakistan which has been fighting against these menaces.
MQM raised the voice against Karo-Kari, Vani, rape and honour killings in Pakistan and helped the victims like Shaista Almani and Dr. Shazia for their safe departures.
MQM is the last and only hope for the women of Pakistan…