KARACHI - The political parties and civil society organisations have expressed shock over the anti-women remarks of former Sindh chief minister and chief of Peoples Muslim League Arbab Ghulam Rahim.

They condemned him and demanded the Chief Election Commissioner to take notice of it.

PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider has written a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner Justice retired Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, urging him to take notice of the former Sindh CM Dr Arbab Rahim’s anti-women remarks and insulting of women.

It has been reported that Dr Arbab Rahim in his statement recently declared acceptance of women leadership a sin.

It may be noted that for the first time in the history, a large number of women from all parties as well as independent candidates are contesting on national and provincial assembly seats for next polls in Sindh.

Even, Dr Arbab Rahim is facing a woman candidate Hajiani Lanjo advocate, an educated girl from Thar, on provincial assembly seat in Thar area.

Meanwhile, the Civil Society of Pakistan is shocked to read the statement issued by Arbab Rahim.

In his statement he has openly insulted and degraded the status of women in Pakistan. It has been internationally acknowledged that the women play an important role not only in the societal development but also in the economic development of a country.

All the political economists agree that no country can make progress without the active participation of its women in all walks of life. His statement has not only wounded the women’s emotions and dignity but also damaged Pakistan’s reputation on the global front.

The Women Action Forum and Aurat Foundation, on the behalf of the whole Civil Society strongly condemned his statement and requested the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim to take serious notice of the issue and cancel Arbab Rahim’s election papers.

Meanwhile, the National Orgnisation for Working Communities has condemned statement of former chief minister Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim against role of women in the society and demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan to take notice of the issue.

In a recent corner meeting during his election campaign, Dr Rahim made a controversial statement on women’s role in the society and said they (women) should be restricted to their homes as they were adornment for men and their honor. Rahim also added that he did not favor women as rulers.

In its statement issued here on Monday, the NOWCommunities Executive Director Farhat Parveen said the statement of former chief minister was condemnable and the Election Commission should take notice of the issue.

She said women have played a vital role in the progress and prosperity of the country and Asia’s first and twice elected woman prime minister late Benazir Bhutto was also from here.

She said that Dr Rahim had already given a controversial statement against the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on Oct 27, 2007 after a bomb attack on her caravan on October 18, 2007 near Karsaz Karachi and drawn severe derision from all quarters including statement.