In response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks on women, human rights, and Pashtun culture at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit earlier this month, the Women's Action Forum (WAF), one of Pakistan's oldest women's rights groups, has condemned the remarks.
Washington Action for Freedom wrote, "The PM continues to misuse and abuse his public office to perpetuate his personal regressive, misogynistic, racist views on women, Pakhtuns as an ethnic group, culture, and basic human rights."
According to the statement, the Afghan Taliban de facto administration's "blatant friendly overtures towards the Afghan Taliban is something the WAF is seriously concerned about.
During a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Islamabad, Imran Khan commented on Afghan and Pashtun cultural norms and sounded an alarm about Afghanistan's situation. There are different definitions of women's rights and human rights in every society," he had said, adding: "When we are talking about human rights and women's rights, we must be sensitive to cultural norms."
A growing concern in Afghanistan is the education of girls. He argued that if we don't take into account the cultural norms of these people (Pakhtuns), they will not send the girls to school, regardless of stipends.
In its statement, WAF urged the Prime Minister to apologize "to all women, girls, and Pakhtuns of Pakistan and Afghanistan".