PML-N candidate says voting for women is ‘haram’

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for the July 25 general election and former Punjab minister Haroon Sultan has stoked a controversy by terming it “haram” to cast votes for women, according to a news report.

Sultan, who has served as minister for social welfare in the previous tenure of the PML-N government in Punjab, is contesting elections from the National Assembly constituency NA-184 against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Zehra Basit Sultan Bukhari, who is also reportedly his sister-in-law.

Addressing a rally in his constituency in Muzaffargarh, Sultan said he will follow the directions of religion and will abstain from casting a vote to any female candidate as it is considered “haram” [forbidden in Islam].”

“I will work under the commands of Allah and His messenger…and will desist from doing the contrary,” he added.

Pakistan People’s Party has fielded Nawaz Iftikhar Khan in this constituency.

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