First women ‘s bicycle rally cancelled after religious parties’ threat of protest

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PESHAWAR: Organizers of the first women’s bicycle rally in Peshawar were forced to cancel the event after threats of protest from the religious parties.
According to reports, an NGO working for women rights had announced to hold ‘peace rally’ from Hayatabad on Saturday. At least 35 women were due to participate in the rally. The representatives from transgender community were also invited to the event.
However, the JUI-F and other religious parties Friday threatened to hold protest demonstration in Hayatabad on Saturday morning against the rally.
According to JUI-F leader Maulana Raifullah Qasmi, the women’s bicycle rally is spreading obscenity.
He announced that they would contact the relevant departments to have the event cancelled and if that is not done, a demonstration will be held against the rally at 9am tomorrow.
The threat of the protest forced the organizers to cancel the rally. The organizers claimed that they had NOC from the district administration. However, local police claimed that the organizers had not obtained NOC from the police for security clearance.

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