MeToo Pakistan International Why do feminists want Pakistan to disarm its nuclear weapons?

Why do feminists want Pakistan to disarm its nuclear weapons?

Many anti-nuclear banners (along with LGBTQ symbols) were seen in Aurat March, an annual feminist march held on international women’s day. The Aurat march was first organized in 2018 by the Woman Democratic Front (WDF) and other NGOs. Former English actress and politician Asmat Shahjahan supervises this march. She is president of WDF, secretary of PTM, and Awami Workers Party. She was amongst those PTM activists who presented the list of terrorists as missing persons.

Aurat March

Aurat March is not only a feminist and liberal movement working for women empowerment but also a western and anti-Islamic movement supporting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) and Qadianis. This movement stands against the ban of Valentine’s Day and Patriarchy ideology, the Islamic system that makes the elder man guardian of the family.

Many women came out with LQBT symbols and rainbow flags on Aurat March. The ‘nuclear disarmament’ symbol was also seen in many posters. This symbol was a silent protest against Pakistan’s Nuclear Program and demanding the government to reduce or eliminate its nuclear weapons. Many similar movements were started in the UK, Canada, the US, Australia, and other countries to make the world clean from nuclear.

Pakistan’s Nuclear Program

Pakistan is the world’s sixth nuclear power and the first Islamic country to construct and operate a civil nuclear plant. Pakistan is not a part of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Pakistan decided to develop its nuclear power plant after 1974 when India surprisingly tested its nuclear weapon in operation Smiling Buddha. The US imposed sanctions on Pakistan and suspended the aid. At that time, Pakistan had paid 658 Million $ to purchase 28 F-16 fighter jets. American Congress refused to give jets to Pakistan and kept both money and jets. Zia was given many offers to give up the nuclear program but he refused. Pakistan was involved in US wars so that US sanctions would be lifted.

After testing its first nuclear weapon in 1998, Pakistan again faced sanctions and was isolated from the world. To develop strong ties with the US, Pakistan helped the US to fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and later against the Taliban after the 9/11 incident. Pakistan faced terrorism and survived through a difficult time. That all was due to Pakistan’s wish to attain the nuclear capability to stand against the six-time large country, India.

There was a time when Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto gave the historical statement that, “We will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will have our own“. And people now want the government to eliminate its weapons. A lot of people in Pakistan are against the army because of military dictatorship, establishment, and their involvement in political matters in the past. But such behavior toward the nuclear program is nothing other than enmity with the country.

We will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will have our own.”

— Zulifqar Ali Bhutto

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