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UK Muslim MP Warsi blasts Pak for denying women their rights under Quran

June 24, 2011 - London

Britain's Muslim Tory minister Sayeeda Warsi has said that Pakistan has failed to meet Islamic norms by denying women their rights granted to them under the Quran.

The Guardian quoted the Conservative party co-chairman, who is the first Muslim to sit as a full member of the cabinet, as claiming that the world's first Islamic republic is denying rights granted 1,400 years ago in the Qur'an.

Warsi also said that Pakistan is not living up to the ideals of its founding father, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

She claimed to have raised the issue of women's rights last July while addressing Rawalpindi's Fatima Jinnah University, saying: "Why is it that today you're being denied the rights that your faith gave to you 1,400 years ago?"

Forty-year-old Warsi, whose father arrived in Britain from Pakistan in 1960, would reportedly be the first British minister to address the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Astana next week.

The treatment of women, especially in north-west Pakistan has caught international attention, as some campaigners believe that women in that region usually suffer harsher treatment, and couples are often sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery.

Keywords: Sayeeda Warsi, Pakistan, Islam, Qu'ran.


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