« Hundreds of women from the Jamaat-e-Islami political party gathered in Islamabad on Monday to celebrate ‘International Hijab Day.’ The protesters gathered at the National Press Club and marched to Super Market in the capital.
Footage features women marching through the city streets with flags of the Jamaat-e-Islami political party and placards with some reading, ‘Yes, it’s hot, it’s difficult, but I love Hijab’, ‘Hijab is the symbol of modesty’, ‘International Hijab Day is our pride, the foundation of a sacred society’, among others.
Participants of the rally voiced their beliefs in the importance of the hijab as a command from Allah and a means of protection for women.
“This a command by Allah, then it is a protection for a woman. We believe Hijjab can provide us with our due rights. If we obey Allah’s command, then it is our right to do so, no one can stop us, no one can deprive us of this right,” said Aysha Azim, a participant.
The organiser of the rally, Sakina Shahid, emphasised that « each nation has the right to live according to its religion, way of life, culture, and values, asserting that this is a fundamental aspect of the International Human Rights Charter. »
Jamaat-e-Islami is a conservative Islamic political party in Pakistan with significant support from the urban middle class and frequently voices pro-Islamic agendas in their activities. »