It’s ‘haram’ to cast votes for women, says PML-N candidate in Pakistan: Report

PML-N is led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court last year in the Panama Papers case.
Supporters of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), listen to his speech, during a campaign rally ahead of general elections in District Thatta, Pakistan July 2, 2018. Picture taken July 2, 2018.(REUTERS)
Supporters of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), listen to his speech, during a campaign rally ahead of general elections in District Thatta, Pakistan July 2, 2018. Picture taken July 2, 2018.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 03, 2018 08:07 PM IST
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Lahore | By Press Trust of India

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for the July 25 general election and former Punjab province minister Haroon Sultan has stoked a controversy by terming it “haram” to cast votes for women.

Sultan, who has served as minister for social welfare in the previous tenure of the PML-N government in Punjab, is contesting elections from the National Assembly constituency NA-184 against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s female candidate Zehra Basit Sultan Bukhari, who is also reportedly his sister-in-law.

Addressing a rally in his constituency in Muzaffargarh, Sultan said he will follow the directions of religion and will abstain from casting a vote to any female candidates as it is considered “haram” (forbidden in Islam), The News reported.

“I will work under the commands of Allah and His messenger...and will desist from doing the contrary,” he added.

Pakistan People’s Party has fielded Nawaz Iftikhar Khan in this constituency.

PML-N is led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court last year in the Panama Papers case.

Voting is a constitutional right in Pakistan, but millions of women have been prevented from exercising their franchise by men using outdated customs.

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