KARACHI, Pakistan

A planned march by women organizations on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day has stirred a nationwide controversy in Pakistan.

A bold Urdu language slogan Mera Jism Meri Marzi (My body, my choice) designed for the all-female walk has triggered a backlash, not only from right-wing groups but form political parties as well, who describe it “obscene “and against country’s cultural ethos.

A venomous televised debate, earlier this week, between a famous play writer, Khalil Qamar, and a known feminist Marvi Sirmed further fueled the debate, currently dominating the country’s media.

“A handful of women are misleading

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