Women in Pakistan are continuing their protest against Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. One of?
Women in Pakistan are continuing their protest against Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. One of the latest demonstrations took place in Rawalpindi on Friday (6 May) when women demonstrators clashed with police.
SYNOPSIS: Troops and policemen were out in large numbers to control the rally -- one of many being staged in cities throughout Pakistan. In Rawalpindi, they were led by Begum Asghar Khan, the wife of Air Vice-Marshal Asghar Khan, who's one of the most vocal opponents of Prime Minister Bhutto.
Other rallies resulted in women being arrested, as they openly defied martial law orders banning demonstrations. In a recent interview the Begum said women are angry and they will not rest until Mr Bhutto's government has resigned. She said women have always taken part in Pakistan's politics, but they have never before shown their feelings as they are doing now. In Rawalpindi, the women were to the fore when police clashed with demonstrators. Police later used tear gas and baten charges to disperse the crowd.
About 255 people have died in the two months since the Pakistan National Alliance launched its mass agitation against Mr Bhutto. They're demanding his resignation and that he hold fresh elections, and allege he rigged the elections in March to stay in power.