This is a quick blog about an urgent issue which for some reason has gone unreported in the media and especially the blogosphere.
PML-N has taken up the cause of constitution and rule of law in Pakistan. It is, therefore, important that they are kept honest to their cause.The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 says the following:
25. Equality of citizens.
(1) All citizens are equal before law and are entitled to equal protection of law. (2) There shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex alone. (3) Nothing in this Article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the protection of women and children. 26. Non-discrimination in respect of access to public places.
(1) In respect of access to places of public entertainment or resort not intended for religious purposes only, there shall be no discrimination against any citizen on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth. (2) Nothing in clause (1) shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children. 27. Safeguard against discrimination in services.
(1) No citizen otherwise qualified for appointment in the service of Pakistan shall be discriminated against in respect of any such appointment on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth.
Provided that, for a period not exceeding [forty] years from the commencing day, posts may be reserved for persons belonging to any class or area to secure their adequate representation in the service of Pakistan:
Provided further that, in the interest of the said service, specified posts or services may be reserved for members of either sex if such posts or services entail the performance of duties and functions which cannot be adequately performed by members of the other sex.
(2) Nothing in clause (1) shall prevent any Provincial Government, or any local or other authority in a Province, from prescribing, in relation to any post or class of service under that Government or authority, conditions as to residence in the Province. for a period not exceeding three years, prior to appointment under that Government or authority. 34. Full participation of women in national life. Steps shall be taken to ensure full participation of women in all spheres of national life.
One of PML-N’s elected members of provincial assembly of NWFP declared recently that it was completely unIslamic to believe that men and women were equal. He repeated his statement on a widely watched TV show (Javed Chaudhry’s ) on air live. Does PML-N intend to amend the constitution to purge it of such “unIslamic” provisions or will it reprimand the legislator who made such a ridiculous statement ? Will it ask for the said legislator’s resignation with immediate effect since he took an oath on a constitution he does not believe in? Or is PML-N’s support for the constitution limited to when it is convenient for them?