As academics and educators, as women's rights activists, and as Pakistanis, we are appalled at the appointment of Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani as the Federal Minister of Education. This appointment, following so closely on the heels of the appointment of Israrullah Zehri as Federal Minister, aligns the PPP with the forces of misogyny and violence in Pakistani society. Appointments such as these dishonour the legacy of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto herself. It is a sad state of affairs that the PPP, which has done much historically to advance women's rights, has chosen such reprehensible men to join the cabinet.-SAHAR SHAFQAT, USA, via e-mail, December 13.